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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

Bowyer Edges Harvick To Win At Talladega
Sunday, Oct 31, 2010 – 15:37 | Comments Off
Bowyer Edges Harvick To Win At Talladega

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Talladega, Ala. – In many ways, it was like old times at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday evening. Richard Childress was back in his old spot, sitting in front of the media as the winning car owner in a Cup race at Talladega, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. was representing his family name [...]

Minter: A Trip To Talladega Begins With A Prayer
Thursday, Oct 28, 2010 – 5:41 | One Comment
Minter: A Trip To Talladega Begins With A Prayer

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
A few observations heading into this weekend’s race at Talladega Superspeedway:
It seems ironic that on one hand, the NFL is in the news with league officials cracking down on rough hits, promising to suspend players who cross the line between fair play and unnecessary roughness.
On the other hand, the NASCAR [...]

Minter: ‘It Keeps Coming Back to Money’
Wednesday, Oct 27, 2010 – 7:09 | 2 Comments
Minter: ‘It Keeps Coming Back to Money’

It kind of slipped under the radar, but an honest-to-gosh good ‘ol NASCAR boy from Spartanburg, S.C., scored his first-ever top-10 in the Nationwide Series on Saturday in the final race at Gateway International Speedway.
Jeremy Clements, who comes from a long line of NASCAR racers, finished 10th in the No. 04 Boudreaux’s Butt Paste Chevy [...]

Bill Elliott’s Young Son Was Winchester’s Top Gun
Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010 – 6:55 | One Comment
Bill Elliott’s Young Son Was Winchester’s Top Gun

Bill Elliott isn’t your typical racing dad. Throughout the budding racing career of his now 14-year-old son Chase, Elliott could best be described as The Eternal Realist.
His quotes about his son all sounded a cautious theme:
“We’re just taking this one step at a time,” he’d say. Or, “We’ve still got to get through the teenage [...]

Minter: Carl Edwards Enjoys Making Scents
Friday, Oct 15, 2010 – 8:48 | One Comment
Minter: Carl Edwards Enjoys Making Scents

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Concord, N.C. – There was no doorbell ringing, but Avon came calling on Wednesday in the media center at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Actually it was Carl Edwards, on behalf of Avon.
While some in the room wondered what some of the sport’s tough old birds like the late Curtis Turner and [...]

Minter: CMS A Bit Quieter
Thursday, Oct 14, 2010 – 11:45 | Comments Off
Minter: CMS A Bit Quieter

Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Concord, N.C. – The Charlotte Motor Speedway media center isn’t the same this morning. Jack Flowers isn’t here. They found him dead in his chair at his home just down the road from the speedway earlier this week.
Jack and I had a good bit in common, besides covering NASCAR races. We’re [...]

Minter: The Choice For Chase Favorite Is An Easy One
Monday, Oct 11, 2010 – 10:11 | Comments Off
Minter: The Choice For Chase Favorite Is An Easy One

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
A few observations as the Sprint Cup circuit head back to NASCAR’s traditional stomping grounds…
Picking a favorite in the Chase has become as easy as “1,2,3.”
That’s Jimmie Johnson’s respective finishes in the past three races, once he got his bad race – a 25th at New Hampshire – behind him. [...]

Minter: There’s Something Familiar About Chase
Wednesday, Oct 6, 2010 – 7:05 | One Comment
Minter: There’s Something Familiar About Chase

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Despite all the hype about the most competitive Chase ever, the storyline for this year’s title run appears headed for an old familiar line as Jimmie Johnson and his No. 48 team are beginning to look like the same outfit that won the past four in a row.
Johnson already has [...]

Minter: Pure Racing Was A Refreshing Change
Sunday, Oct 3, 2010 – 7:37 | Comments Off
Minter: Pure Racing Was A Refreshing Change

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Flowery Branch, Ga. – The first sure signs that the 13th annual Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta was going to be a real happening came about four miles down Interstate 85 from the exit to the race track Saturday morning. That’s where the traffic slowed to anywhere from a [...]

Minter: Hall Candidates Lists Should Start With Allison
Wednesday, Sep 29, 2010 – 6:54 | 3 Comments
Minter: Hall Candidates Lists Should Start With Allison

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
With balloting for the NASCAR Hall of Fame just around the corner, there’s already speculation about who’ll make the second class. Surely David Pearson, who was passed over the first time around, will be a shoo-in. Likewise, Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip should go it, which could make for an [...]