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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

Atlanta To Be Stripped Of One Of Its Cup Dates
Thursday, Aug 5, 2010 – 11:09 | 2 Comments
Atlanta To Be Stripped Of One Of Its Cup Dates

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Hampton, Ga. – Atlanta Motor Speedway has confirmed RacinToday’s earlier report from Thursday that it was losing one of its two annual Sprint Cup dates.
Early this afternoon, Ed Clark, president of AMS, made the announcement.
“Atlanta Motor Speedway has provided top-quality racing entertainment to spectators from across the nation and around the [...]

Minter: Smoldering Issues Flare Anew After Pocono
Monday, Aug 2, 2010 – 9:28 | 3 Comments
Minter: Smoldering Issues Flare Anew After Pocono

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The events of the past week on the NASCAR circuit show among other things, just how many difficult issues are being faced not only by NASCAR officials and track owners but also by the members of the ever-shrinking media corps and fans themselves
When word of NASCAR’s decision to fine drivers [...]

Minter: Silencing Is Not Golden In NASCAR
Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 – 7:14 | 5 Comments
Minter: Silencing Is Not Golden In NASCAR

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The rumors were flying this past weekend that NASCAR had fined some of its top drivers as much as $50,000 for comments series officials considered detrimental to the sport.
Then on Monday, the Associated Press reported the same thing. Although no sources were quoted directly, the story matches the word passed [...]

Minter: McMurray Has Been An Overlooked Wheel Man
Monday, Jul 26, 2010 – 20:52 | 2 Comments
Minter: McMurray Has Been An Overlooked Wheel Man

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
A few random thoughts on a post-Brickyard Monday:
As Jamie McMurray lined up with the lead, although with only two fresh tires, in the closing laps of the Brickyard 400, I thought back to a conversation in the Nationwide Series garage at Charlotte some months back.
Several veteran crew chiefs were talking. [...]

Minter: The Search For ‘The Line” Continues
Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 – 6:14 | Comments Off
Minter: The Search For ‘The Line” Continues

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The search for “the line,” as in the one Carl Edwards has crossed or hasn’t crossed in his wrecking of Brad Keselowski, continues even after NASCAR imposed penalties on both drivers Wednesday afternoon.
The penalties were minor by NASCAR standards – probation for both drivers, a 60-point docking for Edwards along [...]

Minter: Gateway Should Serve As Wakeup Call
Sunday, Jul 18, 2010 – 12:39 | 6 Comments
Minter: Gateway Should Serve As Wakeup Call

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NASCAR reached another low point in the “Have at it” era when Carl Edwards wrecked Brad Keselowski on the frontstretch on the final lap of Saturday night’s Nationwide Series race at St. Louis.
Edwards made no secret of the fact that he intentionally dumped Keselowski. He didn’t address the issue of [...]

Minter: Here Are Five For Class No. 2
Thursday, Jul 15, 2010 – 17:16 | Comments Off
Minter: Here Are Five For Class No. 2

Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
It’s been a few weeks now since the new nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame have been announced, time for fans – and media types – to ponder the list and decide who deserves to be among the next five inductees. And there’s no Cup race this week to occupy [...]

Minter: It Was A Three-mendous Moment
Monday, Jul 12, 2010 – 17:46 | 5 Comments
Minter: It Was A Three-mendous Moment

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
As I sat in front of the TV and watched the Dillon brothers, Ty and Austin, turn in remarkable performances in the weekend races at Iowa Speedway, my mind wondered back to other afternoons over the years, when I’ve seen Richard Childress and his grandsons at NASCAR races.
There’s no questioning [...]

Minter: Please Reschedule Carefully
Wednesday, Jul 7, 2010 – 12:30 | Comments Off
Minter: Please Reschedule Carefully

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
A few observations after a long Independence Day weekend:
All the talk about a realignment of the NASCAR schedule makes one wonder if the decision makers are forgetting their NASCAR history. Remember when it looked like a slam dunk to put two races at Texas Motor Speedway at the expense of [...]

Minter: Leonard Wood Fueled Success
Thursday, Jul 1, 2010 – 8:28 | 3 Comments
Minter: Leonard Wood Fueled Success

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Several years back, I was standing in the back of Kyle Petty’s hauler, enjoying one of those rare moments in NASCAR reporting when even the lamest question brings a treasure trove of good quotes.
It happens all the time with Petty, and his father the King. That’s not always the case [...]