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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: Time For All-Star Race To Hit The Road
Saturday, May 22, 2010 – 8:00 | 2 Comments
Minter: Time For All-Star Race To Hit The Road

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
To those with very long NASCAR memories, it might sound absurd for a guy from Atlanta to suggest putting the All-Star race back on the road again, but here goes.
The most likely reason the sport’s decision makers abandoned the original plans to make the all-star race a traveling event is [...]

Minter: Hagan Already Out To Pasture
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 – 6:38 | Comments Off
Minter: Hagan Already Out To Pasture

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Commerce, Ga. – You wouldn’t think that a guy who gets his kicks running a Funny Car at 300 miles per hour (Matt Hagan) could find much common ground with someone who spends his idle hours bumping along the backroads at 40 miles per hour in an old farm truck [...]

Atlanta A Tour De Force
Sunday, May 16, 2010 – 17:20 | One Comment
Atlanta A Tour De Force

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Commerce, Ga. – One way or another John Force has a way of getting himself to Victory Lane after the Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
On Sunday he was there to celebrate with his son-in-law Robert Hight after Hight defeated Force’s daughter Ashley Force Hood in an all-Force Funny Car final.
It’s [...]

Minter: Ups, Downs At Drag Strip
Sunday, May 16, 2010 – 17:20 | Comments Off
Minter: Ups, Downs At Drag Strip

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Commerce, Ga. – A few random thoughts from Atlanta Dragway and a press box a little bit of my usual beaten path:
Whether it’s at a NASCAR superspeedway, a 3/8-mile dirt track or an NHRA drag strip, there are few things in life that match the feeling of hearing a race [...]

Minter: NHRA Senior Moments Last For 6 Seconds
Saturday, May 15, 2010 – 6:54 | Comments Off
Minter: NHRA Senior Moments Last For 6 Seconds

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Commerce, Ga. – There are a lot of race fans, myself included, maybe even a majority, who are uncomfortable with change.
We prefer Darlington and Martinsville over the newer tracks on the NASCAR circuit. We keep hoping that Mark Martin has lots of wins left in him, and that Bill Elliott [...]

Dark Memories Of Atlanta
Friday, May 14, 2010 – 8:04 | Comments Off
Dark Memories Of Atlanta

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The way Funny Car driver Jack Beckman has it figured, if you’re going to be the underdog in a drag race, your best friend is a dramatic change in racing conditions.
Last year’s Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway provided him just the opportunity he needed to upset Ashley Force Hood, who [...]

Minter: Of Gods And Goddesses
Monday, May 10, 2010 – 6:40 | One Comment
Minter: Of Gods And Goddesses

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Some random thoughts from a cool Mother’s Day morning in Georgia:
It’s been more than two months since the Brad Keselowski-Carl Edwards incident at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where Edwards retaliated against Keselowski and sent the red Dodge flying into the catchfence, supposedly to teach him a lesson he and other [...]

Minter: Talladega Was ‘Exceptional”
Tuesday, May 4, 2010 – 6:56 | 2 Comments
Minter: Talladega Was ‘Exceptional”

It seems that the way Sprint Cup races are going these days, it takes a night or two of sleeping on it to decide what one really thinks about the outcome.
Listening to some, including the TV talkers, the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega two weeks ago was NASCAR’s best race ever.
Even without a night or two [...]

Minter: Still Thinking Talladega
Monday, Apr 26, 2010 – 12:40 | Comments Off
Minter: Still Thinking Talladega

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
A few random observations from a long day at Talladega Superspeedway:
* Brad Keselowski is becoming more likable by the day. He’s a straight shooter who says what he thinks even when he’s involved in controversy, which is something a lot of other drivers don’t always do.
You always get the feeling [...]

Keselowski Wins Wild Nationwide Race
Sunday, Apr 25, 2010 – 18:53 | Comments Off
Keselowski Wins Wild Nationwide Race

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Talladega, Ala. – Just when it looked as if racing at Talladega Superspeedway could be done with a relative amount of safety, the Aaron’s 312 Nationwide Series night-cap race ended with a violent crash that saw Dennis Setzer’s Dodge sail into the catchfence and Brad Keselowski, who knows a thing [...]