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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: It Was a Madhouse Out There
Saturday, Mar 6, 2010 – 17:30 | Comments Off
Minter: It Was a Madhouse Out There

Hampton, Ga. – There are always a few images that stick with you after a weekend at the races.
One that is enduring from Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway is of Modified driver Tim Brown walking back and forth from the makeshift Modified pits behind Turn One to the Sprint Cup garage on the Turn Four [...]

An Old Corvette Has Taken Peters To The Top
Saturday, Mar 6, 2010 – 7:25 | Comments Off
An Old Corvette Has Taken Peters To The Top

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Hampton, Ga. – Of all the stories in the NASCAR garage, Timothy Peters’ is as good as they come.
His is a story of taking risks, and overcoming odds and pressing ahead in the face of uncertainty with a smile on his face when a more realistic person would be in [...]

Full-Time Gig Has Smith Comfy In Furniture Car
Friday, Mar 5, 2010 – 17:09 | Comments Off
Full-Time Gig Has Smith Comfy In Furniture Car

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Hampton, Ga. – For most of his Sprint Cup career, Regan Smith has been known for almost winning the October, 2008, Sprint Cup race at Talladega. Some will still argue that he did win since he crossed the finish line first only to be penalized for going below the yellow [...]

Ballew Out To Beat Busch
Friday, Mar 5, 2010 – 16:09 | Comments Off
Ballew Out To Beat Busch

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Hampton, Ga. – Saturday’s E-Z-GO Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway will be a big test for both Kyle Busch and for his former truck team, Billy Ballew Motorsports.
Together they’ve won four of the past five truck races at Atlanta, Ballew’s home track. But now that Busch [...]

Minter: AMS Owes Debt Of Thanks To Alf Knight
Friday, Mar 5, 2010 – 12:58 | One Comment
Minter: AMS Owes Debt Of Thanks To Alf Knight

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Hampton, Ga. – Ed Clark is the resident Big Man at Atlanta Motor Speedway, both literally and figuratively.
But to old-timers around the Hampton speed plant, the original Big Man at the Atlanta track was Alf Knight.
Knight was a tough, no-nonsense man who gave more to the Atlanta track than he [...]

Cup Notes: Better Racing Ahead
Thursday, Mar 4, 2010 – 16:48 | One Comment
Cup Notes: Better Racing Ahead

Ryan Newman, the race driver with the engineering degree, said that going back to the rear spoiler instead of a wing will facilitate side drafting, and that will lead to much better racing on the bigger, faster tracks.
“This is speculation from my standpoint (but) the way the spoiler is designed, there’s going to be a [...]

Minter: Gordon-Johnson Competition Still Friendly?
Thursday, Mar 4, 2010 – 11:35 | 2 Comments
Minter: Gordon-Johnson Competition Still Friendly?

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
For those who cling to the hope that racing remain a pure form of competition, it’s been disheartening to see the sport of NASCAR racing evolve to a point where three- and four-car teams with alliances with other multi-car operations have become the norm.
Drivers talk about sharing data that once [...]

Minter: Winner’s Circle Sells More Than Hot Dogs
Wednesday, Mar 3, 2010 – 7:46 | One Comment
Minter: Winner’s Circle Sells More Than Hot Dogs

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In a time when quality access to Sprint Cup drivers continues to dwindle, one of the few remaining options for reporters has come under criticism from none other that the defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson.
Johnson said last week at Las Vegas last week that he doesn’t believe NASCAR’s Winner’s [...]

Minter: Hard Work Fizzles
Thursday, Feb 25, 2010 – 16:35 | One Comment
Minter: Hard Work Fizzles

A few random racing thoughts on a cold, windy Thursday morning in Georgia:
There once was a time when I started my day by picking up the newspaper first thing in the morning and reading a great columnist like the late Lewis Grizzard.
Now, I get my day off to a good start by turning on [...]

Minter: A Last Look Back At The 2010 500
Friday, Feb 19, 2010 – 9:21 | One Comment
Minter: A Last Look Back At The 2010 500

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacingToday.com
A few observations from Daytona before moving on to the rest of the NASCAR season:
It was good to see some mention of one of the real culprits in the great pothole controversy. Down at the bottom of a release from Daytona International Speedway on the pothole situation was a sentence [...]