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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: Revamped Rules Rule
Sunday, Apr 25, 2010 – 17:52 | Comments Off
Minter: Revamped Rules Rule

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Talladega, Ala. – NASCAR’s undoing of some of its newer rules seemed to be just the cure as Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway turned out to be the kind of race NASCAR fans had come to expect at the giant Alabama track.
A good bit of the push for the [...]

Shell Leaving RCR, Moving Over To Penske
Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 – 10:40 | One Comment
Shell Leaving RCR, Moving Over To Penske

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
A major sponsor move announced on Wednesday morning means that one of Roger Penske’s Sprint Cup cars will carry some familiar colors beginning next year. Shell Oil Company and Penske have announced a multi-year cross business alliance with Penske starting with the 2011 racing season.
Shell and Pennzoil will leave Richard [...]

Minter: Long Races Producing ‘Stupid’ Finishes
Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 – 6:37 | 12 Comments
Minter: Long Races Producing ‘Stupid’ Finishes

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
As blasphemous as it seems to even type the words into a computer, it’s beginning to look like 500- or 600-mile NASCAR races are way too long, based on the latest rules and trends.
In my earliest days of attending races, 500 milers were marathons. The World 600 at Charlotte Motor [...]

Minter: Martin Becomes Lame Duck
Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 – 8:53 | One Comment
Minter: Martin Becomes Lame Duck

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
If all the facts in the  Kasey Kahne to Hendrick Motorsports are as they seem, Mark Martin will be in a mighty awkward spot next year.
Kahne has been signed by Hendrick to drive the No. 5 car, the one Martin’s now in, beginning in 2012. But he’s going to be [...]

Minter: NASCAR Needs To Go Where Fans Go
Thursday, Apr 8, 2010 – 7:03 | 3 Comments
Minter: NASCAR Needs To Go Where Fans Go

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In these times of declining attendance at NASCAR races, my mind always wanders back to some of the great short track promoters I’ve known over the years.
They weren’t necessarily flashy. They didn’t try to grab attention with fake April Fools Day press releases and controversial billboard advertisements. They just understood [...]

Minter: Excellence Proving To Be Overrated
Wednesday, Apr 7, 2010 – 10:29 | Comments Off
Minter: Excellence Proving To Be Overrated

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
A few random observations as the Easter break ends and NASCAR teams head to Phoenix International Raceway for a string of 14 races without a break:
* Say what you want about the NASCAR points system, but it still tends to reward consistency over excellence. Jimmie Johnson has won half the [...]

Minter: Recent Races Produce Empty Feelings
Thursday, Apr 1, 2010 – 6:22 | 7 Comments
Minter: Recent Races Produce Empty Feelings

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
These are some strange, eerie times in the world of NASCAR. Despite all the rules changed in the offseason to jazz up the racing, attendance keeps falling, and in a big way. Even more strangely, no one seems to want to talk – or write – about it.
Not only did [...]

Sutton, Elliott Keeping Dreams Alive
Tuesday, Mar 30, 2010 – 9:30 | 2 Comments
Sutton, Elliott Keeping Dreams Alive

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
Racintoday.com
Back in the day, in the racing circles of north Georgia, Casey Roderick was the kind of young racer that George Elliott would have helped.
Roderick is young, talented, appreciative of any help he gets, but always short of the money he needs to race. Elliott, the late father of Sprint [...]

Minter: Junior Should Go Backward to Go Forward
Friday, Mar 26, 2010 – 6:42 | 3 Comments
Minter: Junior Should Go Backward to Go Forward

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I read with great interest an article on the ‘Net the other day in which Darrell Waltrip told the Virginian Pilot that he believes Dale Earnhardt Jr. needs to go run some Camping World Truck Series races.
“He needs to get somewhere where he can win, and I’d get him in [...]

Gordon on Racing: ‘I’m Shocked We’re 11th’
Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 – 6:45 | 2 Comments
Gordon on Racing: ‘I’m Shocked We’re 11th’

Editor’s note: This is the third installment in a three-part series in which RacinToday.com’s Rick Minter talks with four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon. During a sit-down interview conducted last weekend, Minter and Gordon had a wide-ranging talk about everything from racing cars to rearing children. Today, Gordon weighs in on the [...]