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Rick Minter, Senior Writer

Rick Minter joined The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 1991, where he covered motorsports as well as serving as a bureau chief. From 2000-2008 he focused on racing exclusively, traveling the NASCAR circuit as the paper’s motorsports writer and winning awards from several organizations including the Georgia20 Automobile Racing Hall of Fame Association and the City of Atlanta. Minter and his wife Joanne live on the family farm in Inman, Ga. In his spare time he collects and restores antique tractors and trucks.

Articles by Rick Minter

Minter: Wood Knows His Iron
Thursday, Dec 16, 2010 – 17:22 | One Comment
Minter: Wood Knows His Iron

It’s pretty safe to say that Rutledge Wood is the only personality who has been interviewed both at Oliver Gentry’s junkyard in Newnan, Ga., and in the Tonight Show studios in California.
But, according to Wood’s Facebook page, he’ll set that milestone tonight. Wood is set to talk to host Jay Leno about his new History [...]

The Slow Lane Suited This Wood Brother Just Fine
Friday, Dec 10, 2010 – 8:42 | 4 Comments
The Slow Lane Suited This Wood Brother Just Fine

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
With another racing season in the books, it’s natural to begin looking back on the highs and lows of the year.
Most years, the highs outnumber the lows, and this year was no exception.
Among the personal highs this year are a quality one-on-one interview with Jeff Gordon back at the first [...]

Drivers Have Always Liked A Good Snowball Fight
Thursday, Dec 2, 2010 – 7:25 | 5 Comments
Drivers Have Always Liked A Good Snowball Fight

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Long before Homestead-Miami Speedway landed the final Sprint Cup race of the year, the stock car racing season ended in Florida, at Five Flags Speedway in the Panhandle city of Pensacola.
The Snowball Derby is the race where drivers from across the nation, short trackers and NASCAR stars alike, square off [...]

Minter: Cool Weather Evokes Warm Memories
Tuesday, Nov 30, 2010 – 8:31 | 3 Comments
Minter: Cool Weather Evokes Warm Memories

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
As the cooler weather arrives in the old neighborhood here in the vicinity of Atlanta Motor Speedway, it’s time to get out the winter clothes and pack away the t-shirts for the time being.
As I reached in the back of the closet the other day, I pulled out a favorite [...]

Minter: The Chase Does Not Need ‘Game 7′ Feel
Saturday, Nov 27, 2010 – 7:52 | 13 Comments
Minter: The Chase Does Not Need ‘Game 7′ Feel

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Regardless of what you think of the current state of affairs in NASCAR, you have to give the brass some credit for trying to get the ship back on course.
Of course some might say that all the changes made in recent years have led to the problems of today, and [...]

Minter: 2010 To Exit With Non-Fillable Shoes
Saturday, Nov 20, 2010 – 8:20 | Comments Off
Minter: 2010 To Exit With Non-Fillable Shoes

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The remaining days of the 2010 NASCAR season likely will be dominated by talk of what was won during the year – who won the races and the championships. Will it be Jimmie Johnson winning a record fifth straight Sprint Cup championship, or will it be Denny Hamlin or Kevin [...]

With A Little Luck, The Dark Horse Could Romp
Thursday, Nov 18, 2010 – 15:49 | One Comment
With A Little Luck, The Dark Horse Could Romp

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
As the three contenders head to Homestead-Miami Speedway to decide the Sprint Cup championship, the talk on the street and on the Net is about which of the them – Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson or Kevin Harvick – will prevail.
At the Trading Post, a boots and blue jeans store just [...]

Minter: Bodine Chased From Spotlight
Tuesday, Nov 16, 2010 – 14:01 | One Comment
Minter: Bodine Chased From Spotlight

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The championship of the Sprint Cup circuit has a way of overshadowing about everything else in motorsports. That’s why Trevor Bayne’s amazing Cup debut at Texas Motor Speedway wasn’t one of the biggest stories coming out of that race and why Carl Edwards’ win at Phoenix last week, one that [...]

Cup Notes: Cupcake Eating Needs Attention
Wednesday, Nov 10, 2010 – 7:01 | 2 Comments
Cup Notes: Cupcake Eating Needs Attention

Brad Keselowski’s clinching of the 2010 Nationwide Series championship, the first ever in NASCAR for him and his car owner Roger Penske, came on the same Saturday afternoon that the University of Georgia stomped a small-school Football Championship Subdivision opponent, Idaho State, in college football and Auburn beat up on an undermanned Chattanooga team.
The three [...]

Minter: Bayne Slides Into Legendary Car At TMS
Friday, Nov 5, 2010 – 6:19 | One Comment
Minter: Bayne Slides Into Legendary Car At TMS

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
A few random observations as the Sprint Cup and Nationwide circuits head to Texas Motor Speedway and the NASCAR season nears the end of the road:
Hopefully the Cup debut of Trevor Bayne won’t be totally overshadowed by the Chase, as was the case with Jeff Gordon, who made his Cup [...]