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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: Safer Cars Harming Sport?
Wednesday, Feb 17, 2010 – 7:54 | 2 Comments
Minter: Safer Cars Harming Sport?

It seems like every time I turn on the TV there’s Tony Stewart trashing the print media. The other night on Jimmy Spencer’s “What’s the Deal?” there was a clip of Stewart referring to one media member as either the dumbest or one of the dumbest of us for asking a question about the safety [...]

Another of Mittler’s Boys Wins Big
Monday, Feb 15, 2010 – 15:16 | One Comment
Another of Mittler’s Boys Wins Big

When Mike Mittler awoke this morning and picked up his phone, there was a text message waiting. It was sent at 4:38 a.m. Central Time. It was from Jamie McMurray. Mittler said that, as much as anything that has been spoken or written about McMurray, says it all about the kind of person McMurray really [...]

Minter: Money Decides Nationwide Field
Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 – 12:15 | 2 Comments
Minter: Money Decides Nationwide Field

Daytona Beach, Fla. – Qualifying procedures at Daytona International Speedway can be confusing for sure. The line-up for the Daytona 500 is set by a combination of qualifying results, the finishing order of the 150-mile qualifying races, car owner points and past champion provisionals. Even to many veteran observers, the line-up remains a mystery until [...]

Minter: Not All Changes Are On The Track
Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 – 7:20 | 3 Comments
Minter: Not All Changes Are On The Track

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Daytona Beach, Fla. – On a rainy Friday at Daytona International Speedway, where the only laps turned on the track were by the jet-drying trucks and other assorted safety vehicles, I began to wonder what memories I would carry home from Speedweeks 2010.
Of course there will be high drama on [...]

Daytona Notes: Ford Engines Fire Up
Friday, Feb 12, 2010 – 16:45 | Comments Off
Daytona Notes: Ford Engines Fire Up

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Daytona Beach, Fla. – Ford Racing announced Friday that three of its drivers will run the new FR9 engine in Sunday’s Daytona 500.
Matt Kenseth, Elliott Sadler and Bill Elliott will run the new powerplant while the other 10 Fords in the field will stick with the old 452 model.
“We’re pleased that [...]

The Woods Of Virginia – Part 10; ‘He Hit Me’
Friday, Feb 12, 2010 – 8:00 | One Comment
The Woods Of Virginia – Part 10; ‘He Hit Me’

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The Wood Brothers Racing Team has been one of the backbones of NASCAR since the sport was founded. The Woods, from Stuart, Va., have been racing continuously in the division now known as Sprint Cup since 1953 and have 96 wins to their credit.
In a RacinToday exclusive series, Eddie Wood, [...]

Waltrip Spends Day On Roller Coaster
Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 – 19:57 | Comments Off
Waltrip Spends Day On Roller Coaster

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Daytona Beach, Fla. – Michael Waltrip can be kind of goofy at times, clowning for the cameras in commercials and on TV broadcasts of races and on televised racing shows.
But at the core, he’s a serious racer, and that side of him showed on Thursday as he failed to earn [...]

Duel Notes: Rave Reviews
Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 – 19:44 | Comments Off
Duel Notes: Rave Reviews

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Daytona Beach, Fla. – There weren’t many wrecks in Thursday’s Gatorade Duels, but they still were considered exciting races by most of those who really watched it.
From the top of a transporter in the garage area, it was readily apparent that once the tires became worn, drivers were really struggling [...]

Minter: Contrariness In The Air
Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 – 10:12 | 3 Comments
Minter: Contrariness In The Air

Daytona Beach, Fla. – I’m not sure why I arrived at the track in a contrary mood this morning. I woke up on the right side of the fold-away bed in the Homewood Suites. I had a nice breakfast and a pleasant drive into the track.
But as the teams are outside the media center preparing [...]

Minter: Will The New Rules Affect The Duels?
Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 – 7:55 | Comments Off
Minter: Will The New Rules Affect The Duels?

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Daytona Beach, Fla. –  NASCAR is doing its best to spice up things this season, with new rules, or lack thereof, on aggressive driving and bump drafting. And now there’s a good chance that there will be more than one try at a green-white-checkered-flag finish if the situation warrants.
But will [...]