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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

McKim’s Had Lot Of Brushes With NASCAR History
Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 – 7:30 | Comments Off
McKim’s Had Lot Of Brushes With NASCAR History

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Sitting on a carpet of grass, barely 100 yards from Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway, is a replica of the 1963 Ford Galaxie that Tiny Lund drove to victory in the Daytona 500 on a Sunday afternoon 50 years ago to the day from this [...]

Sparks Don’t Fly After Uninspiring Duels At Daytona
Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 – 18:41 | One Comment
Sparks Don’t Fly After Uninspiring Duels At Daytona

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Budweiser Duels at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday are in the books. Two relatively uneventful finishes, two predictable victory interview sessions from Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch.
Where’s Mike Stefanik when you need him?
For anyone who might have missed it, Stefanik, the seven-time NASCAR Modified series [...]

Dumping Start-And-Parkers Presents Problems
Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 – 9:13 | 5 Comments
Dumping Start-And-Parkers Presents Problems

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Speedway Motorsports chairman Bruton Smith told reporters in attendance at last week’s Media Tour that he wanted NASCAR to do something to end the practice of teams starting and parking in races. He also appealed to NASCAR to reduce the top speeds of race cars, using the argument that racing [...]

Southeastern Racing Scene Loses A Tough One
Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 – 8:14 | One Comment
Southeastern Racing Scene Loses A Tough One

The Southeastern short track world lost one of its icons on Jan. 4 with the passing of Luther Carter.
Carter, who died at 75 after a battle with cancer, was an old-school racer who passed his love of the sport along to his son Mark Carter, who became a racer himself, as well as his grandson [...]

Could Bowyer Be Working Class Hero Cup Needs?
Sunday, Oct 7, 2012 – 12:52 | Comments Off
Could Bowyer Be Working Class Hero Cup Needs?

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
TALLADEGA, Ala. – Watching fans file past the press box at Talladega Superspeedway makes one wonder which of the Chase contenders would be able to bring back the blue-collar fans who have deserted NASCAR in recent years.
Talladega was and is Earnhardt country, as Dale Sr. and Dale Jr. have been [...]

By Any Name, Atlanta Motor Speedway Is A Gem
Sunday, Sep 2, 2012 – 12:53 | One Comment
By Any Name, Atlanta Motor Speedway Is A Gem

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
HAMPTON, Ga. – A colleague, Monte Dutton, wrote this week about how Atlanta Motor Speedway, despite its name, isn’t really an Atlanta track.
He’s right. It’s in Hampton, a small southern suburb and a location that many question given the larger population centers on the north side of Atlanta.
But back when [...]

Earnhardt On Driver Scuffles: That’s Entertainment
Saturday, Sep 1, 2012 – 7:49 | Comments Off
Earnhardt On Driver Scuffles: That’s Entertainment

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
HAMPTON, Ga. – The dust-up at Bristol Motor Speedway between Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth seemed to have run out of steam by the time the Sprint Cup Series rolled into Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday. But the debate over things like throwing helmets and punches continued in the media center [...]

Young Drivers Not Into Taking Short Route To Cup
Friday, Aug 24, 2012 – 15:37 | Comments Off
Young Drivers Not Into Taking Short Route To Cup

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn. – A few observations from the early race weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway:
At the close of a media event in which the paint scheme for the No. 2 Dodge was unveiled, Brad Keselowski sat around with a small group of reporters and gave his thoughts on how young [...]

‘Buck’ Not About Bucks; He Was About The Wins
Monday, Aug 13, 2012 – 17:13 | 4 Comments
‘Buck’ Not About Bucks; He Was About The Wins

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
When the news came that Charles Leroy “Buck” Simmons, one of the greatest short track drivers who ever lived, had died at the relatively young age of 66, my mind wandered back to a Friday night some years back, to a race at a track called Highway 106 Speedway in [...]

Jimmy Mosteller Was A Big Buddy To Racing
Friday, Jul 6, 2012 – 7:03 | 6 Comments
Jimmy Mosteller Was A Big Buddy To Racing

Race fans across the country are mourning the loss of their “Little Bitty Buddy.”
Jimmy Mosteller, a long-time racing announcer and co-founder of the old Hav-A-Tampa dirt racing series, died Wednesday.
Mosteller started announcing horse racing events after a brief try as an apprentice jockey. But he found his true calling while following his race-driver friend Jack [...]