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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: Lots Of Questions Surround Penalty
Thursday, Sep 23, 2010 – 6:59 | One Comment
Minter: Lots Of Questions Surround Penalty

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
There are lots of questions out there surrounding the penalties placed on Clint Bowyer and his No. 33 team, penalties that not only dropped him from second to last in the Chase standings but also likely took him out of the running for the title.
Besides the 185 points he has [...]

Minter: Golden Memories Of Racing In Atlanta
Sunday, Sep 5, 2010 – 9:33 | Comments Off
Minter: Golden Memories Of Racing In Atlanta

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Hampton, Ga. – With Atlanta Motor Speedway celebrating its Golden Anniversary it’s natural to look back on your own personal experiences over the years, especially if you live within earshot of the track.
Standing in the garage Saturday afternoon, looking across the way at the backstretch, which once was the frontstretch, [...]

McMurray Beats Busch in Atlanta
Saturday, Sep 4, 2010 – 20:25 | Comments Off
McMurray Beats Busch in Atlanta

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Hampton, Ga. – Two entities that have been beaten down in recent times emerged victorious on Saturday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Jamie McMurray, the driver Roush Fenway Racing decided to put on the street to meet NASCAR’s limit of four drivers per race team, outran the Nationwide Series’ best drivers [...]

Minter: Drivers Insist Numbers Do Lie
Saturday, Sep 4, 2010 – 20:02 | 2 Comments
Minter: Drivers Insist Numbers Do Lie

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Hampton, Ga. – In his interview session at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, Carl Edwards weighed in on a subject that has always been one of great intrigue in motorsports – and other sports too for that matter.
His comments point out the fact that a driver’s skill level doesn’t always [...]

Minter: Winners Are Losers In Chase To The Chase
Wednesday, Sep 1, 2010 – 7:15 | Comments Off
Minter: Winners Are Losers In Chase To The Chase

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
A few random thoughts as the NASCAR circuit heads to the home turf, Atlanta Motor Speedway:
The prospect of a Chase field with more than its share of non-winners – and a no-win champion for that matter – looms large with just two races left to run before the start of [...]

Minter: Where’s The Respect, Tony?
Monday, Aug 23, 2010 – 7:18 | 9 Comments
Minter: Where’s The Respect, Tony?

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Bristol, Tenn. – There are few places in the NASCAR world more friendly to the dwindling print and Internet media corps than Bristol Motor Speedway. Lori Worley and the rest of the staff there seem really to enjoy and appreciate the presence of the people who earn a living dragging [...]

Minter: Chasing More Important Than Winning
Friday, Aug 20, 2010 – 13:14 | 7 Comments
Minter: Chasing More Important Than Winning

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Bristol, Tenn. – As I sat and listened to the questions posed to drivers in the brand-new media center on Friday morning at Bristol Motor Speedway, almost all of them about the upcoming Chase, I thought of what Humpy Wheeler often says about the difficulty of selling tickets to a [...]

Minter: Root Pruning Has Not Helped NASCAR
Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 – 6:55 | 5 Comments
Minter: Root Pruning Has Not Helped NASCAR

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
When I read Kevin Harvick’s comments about the upcoming schedule changes, the first thing that came to mind was an old lawyer’s tale that has been attributed to Abraham Lincoln.
Harvick observed that NASCAR’s latest shifting of race dates is justified based on the results of schedule changes back in 2001.
“The [...]

Minter: Earnhardt Jr. Not Just About Numbers
Friday, Aug 6, 2010 – 6:57 | 9 Comments
Minter: Earnhardt Jr. Not Just About Numbers

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Some enterprising PR person figured out that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be making his 500th major NASCAR start this weekend. To come up with that stat, one has to combine his Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series starts, but it’s a legitimate and appropriate number since much of Earnhardt’s success and [...]

Minter: More Tradition Sent Down The Drain
Thursday, Aug 5, 2010 – 16:27 | 4 Comments
Minter: More Tradition Sent Down The Drain

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Hampton, Ga. – With all the talk about Atlanta Motor Speedway possibly losing a race date, it was troubling to see Marcy Scott’s phone number pop up on the cell phone Thursday morning.
Scott is the PR manager at AMS. She was calling to inform me of a hastily-called press conference [...]