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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

Gordon On Racing: I Just Want A Championship
Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 – 6:47 | 3 Comments
Gordon On Racing: I Just Want A Championship

Editor’s note: This is the second 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 discusses rivalries, Hendrick Motorsports [...]

Gordon On Racing: Everything’s So Different Today
Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 – 6:58 | 6 Comments
Gordon On Racing: Everything’s So Different Today

Editor’s note: This is the first installment of 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 having at it to rearing children. Parts two and three of the [...]

Minter: Stewart Is On A Media Room Tear
Saturday, Mar 20, 2010 – 6:52 | 9 Comments
Minter: Stewart Is On A Media Room Tear

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Bristol, Tenn. – Tony Stewart, the driver who seems to have interpreted NASCAR’s directive to “Have at it” as instructions to launch a season-long string of insults aimed at the print media, was back at it on Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Quite ironically, the one reporter he seemed to have [...]

Minter: Ah, Bristol – What A Place
Friday, Mar 19, 2010 – 12:58 | 3 Comments
Minter: Ah, Bristol – What A Place

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Bristol, Tenn. – In spite of its reputation as a place where tempers get out of hand and wrecks just seem to happen, Bristol Motor Speedway also has the feel of a down-home friendly place.
For those of us on the print and Internet side of the media, it’s one of [...]

Minter: Edwards’ Nice-Guy Rep Is Up In The Air
Sunday, Mar 14, 2010 – 7:29 | 8 Comments
Minter: Edwards’ Nice-Guy Rep Is Up In The Air

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
As the Carl Edwards-Brad Keselowski saga moves forward, one of the bigger questions will be what the incident, on top of others before it, does to Edwards’ image.
There’s no doubt he’s been a media favorite, as he’s been open and cooperative since he first came on the NASCAR scene back [...]

Minter: Atlanta Was Site Of Another Huge Incident
Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 – 21:37 | 8 Comments
Minter: Atlanta Was Site Of Another Huge Incident

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Maybe it’s because I’m getting old or because I dwell too much on the past, but I can’t help but think of the ironies in the Carl Edwards-Brad Keselowski situation at Atlanta Motor Speedway last Sunday.
It seems like just a few races back that Edwards was involved in another late-race [...]

Minter: Debris From ‘The Wreck’ Hid Big Stories
Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 – 11:07 | One Comment
Minter: Debris From ‘The Wreck’ Hid Big Stories

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Hampton, Ga. – “The Wreck” at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday wound up overshadowing everything else that happened there that day, which is what is to be expected when wrecks are used as one of the main tools to promote NASCAR racing.
Among the stories that were shuffled aside Sunday night [...]

Minter: NASCAR Plods On With “Have At It, Boys”
Tuesday, Mar 9, 2010 – 16:50 | 3 Comments
Minter: NASCAR Plods On With “Have At It, Boys”

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Unless there’s something going on behind the scenes that we don’t know about, NASCAR president Mike Helton has said “Have at it, boys” a lot louder than his VP Robin Pemberton said it back in January.
By only placing Carl Edwards on a three-race probation for intentionally wrecking Brad Keselowski at [...]

Minter: Drivers Need To Speak Up
Monday, Mar 8, 2010 – 14:02 | 12 Comments
Minter: Drivers Need To Speak Up

Hampton, Ga. – For the second time in less than a year, I’ve sat in a press box at a high-speed NASCAR track and watched a car be spun around, lift off the ground, turn upside down and slam into a retaining wall and catchfence.
At Talladega Superspeedway last year, it was Carl Edwards flying into [...]

Harvick Takes Care Of Business Against Busch
Sunday, Mar 7, 2010 – 7:49 | Comments Off
Harvick Takes Care Of Business Against Busch

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Hampton, Ga. – For some time now, there’s been debate about whether the burgeoning business side of NASCAR negatively impacts the sporting side.
Saturday’s E-Z-GO 200 Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway showed that the business side can actually make for a better show on the race track.
Kevin Harvick [...]