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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: NASCAR in Need of American Idols
Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010 – 7:25 | 4 Comments
Minter: NASCAR in Need of American Idols

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In racing, or anywhere else for that matter, money talks and everything else walks. It’s why a driver has to have a pocket full of money behind him to get a ride in one of the elite NASCAR divisions, and why there are start-and-park teams in Sprint Cup, Nationwide and [...]

Minter: Racing Loses A Treasure
Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 – 18:29 | Comments Off
Minter: Racing Loses A Treasure

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Atlanta, Ga. – One of the pleasant parts of being a motorsports writer in the Atlanta area years ago was getting to visit on a regular basis with a true legend of the sport – Raymond Parks, who died Sunday at age 96.
When I first started frequenting Mr. Parks’ liquor [...]

Minter: Fans Used To Flock To See The Flocks
Friday, Jun 18, 2010 – 6:46 | 2 Comments
Minter: Fans Used To Flock To See The Flocks

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
With NASCAR’s return to Road America this weekend for the first time since 1956, maybe there will be some media attention focused on the winner of that long-ago race.
This year’s event is for the second-tier Nationwide Series. The only other NASCAR race at Road America was for the division now [...]

Minter: Hamlin May Just Be Getting Warmed Up
Monday, Jun 14, 2010 – 15:17 | Comments Off
Minter: Hamlin May Just Be Getting Warmed Up

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
As I sat and watched Denny Hamlin knock out a runaway win at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, his fifth in the past 10 Sprint Cup races, I thought back to an interview with Hamlin last year at Talladega Superspeedway, when he wasn’t winning nearly as often.
We talked about his [...]

Minter: Family Ties Can Put Racing In A Bind
Friday, Jun 11, 2010 – 13:01 | One Comment
Minter: Family Ties Can Put Racing In A Bind

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
One of the great ironies of auto racing is that the sport is in many ways a family-oriented affair, but at the same time too much family participation can be a bad thing.
Racing dads are usually the main culprits.
And in another ironic twist, a racer is most successful when they’re [...]

Minter: RIP, Mercury
Thursday, Jun 3, 2010 – 10:57 | 3 Comments
Minter: RIP, Mercury

The news this week that Ford is dropping the Mercury line that has for years produced cars for people who wanted a little more than a Ford but not as much as a Lincoln brings to mind the 1970s in NASCAR, when the “Big Cars” still ruled the roost in the series now known as [...]

Minter: Welcome To Era Of Disposable Cars
Thursday, Jun 3, 2010 – 6:57 | One Comment
Minter: Welcome To Era Of Disposable Cars

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
It’s been interesting to observe the way crashes are handled in NASCAR garage these days. The cars themselves have become almost expendable in the interest of excitement. More later on the drivers aboard them.
Before a car wrecked in practice or qualifying is ever dragged all the way into the garage [...]

Minter: Charlotte Was First Love
Thursday, May 27, 2010 – 13:07 | Comments Off
Minter: Charlotte Was First Love

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Concord, N.C. – Riding up the road from Atlanta to Charlotte Motor Speedway this morning with my RacinToday co-worker Jeff Hood, my mind kept wandering back to my teenage years, when I made basically the same trip as the kid riding along with some much older me who were some [...]

Minter: No Richard, Thank You
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 – 6:58 | 3 Comments
Minter: No Richard, Thank You

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
It’s always been a running joke among some members of the press that the people who do the pre-race prayers can mention nearly everyone at the race track – fans, drivers, crews officials, etc. – but they never seem to get around to the media.
It’s not a joke the way [...]

Wall, All-Star Field Can’t Slow Down Kurt Busch
Saturday, May 22, 2010 – 22:22 | 4 Comments
Wall, All-Star Field Can’t Slow Down Kurt Busch

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Just when you thought it was safe to write off polesitter Kurt Busch after a couple of encounters with the wall in the Sprint All-Star race, he came storming back to take the checkered flag and the million dollar payday.
“It’s an unbelievable experience,” Busch said. “It’s something that you sit [...]