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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

Hamlin Says See Him In September
Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 – 7:32 | One Comment
Hamlin Says See Him In September

Daytona Beach, Fla. – Many of the same media members who picked Carl Edwards as the top challenger to Jimmie Johnson last year are picking Denny Hamlin as the most likely to dethrone this year.
Although the pre-season picks don’t mean much, especially considering Edwards was never a championship threat last year and didn’t even win [...]

Minter: Older’s Better For Jr. And Me
Wednesday, Feb 10, 2010 – 17:01 | Comments Off
Minter: Older’s Better For Jr. And Me

Daytona Beach, Fla. – Driving into Daytona International Speedway this morning, running a bit late due to traffic in Jacksonville, I drove right by the first tunnel to the infield.
I’d rather lose a few minutes than break a decades-long tradition of driving into the track through the old, narrow corrugated-metal tunnel in Turn 4.
Just seeing [...]

The Woods Of Virginia – Part 9; Tiny A Giant Hero
Friday, Feb 5, 2010 – 8:14 | Comments Off
The Woods Of Virginia – Part 9; Tiny A Giant Hero

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, [...]

Minter: 2010 Rookie Crop Is Pretty Green
Thursday, Feb 4, 2010 – 8:12 | Comments Off
Minter: 2010 Rookie Crop Is Pretty Green

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Daytona Beach, Fla. – The economy is bad, there’s no doubt, and it seems to be as hard on NASCAR as any other industry. But some things about a bad economy can bring about a breath of fresh air.
For instance, this year’s Raybestos Rookie of the Year battle in the [...]

The Peach Bowl Drove ‘Em Mad In Atlanta
Tuesday, Feb 2, 2010 – 7:38 | One Comment
The Peach Bowl Drove ‘Em Mad In Atlanta

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
If you’ve been watching the History Channel’s “Madhouse” series about short track racing at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston Salem, N.C., and wonder if all the buzz about an in-town short track has been contrived for the cameras, don’t bet the grocery money on it.
A little history lesson from down [...]

The Woods Of Virginia – Part 8; A.J.’s Revenge
Saturday, Jan 30, 2010 – 10:40 | Comments Off
The Woods Of Virginia – Part 8; A.J.’s Revenge

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, [...]

The Woods Of Virginia – Part 7; Road Warriors
Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 – 9:27 | 2 Comments
The Woods Of Virginia – Part 7; Road Warriors

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, [...]

Minter: It’s Time To Reconnect With Working Folk
Thursday, Jan 21, 2010 – 11:13 | One Comment
Minter: It’s Time To Reconnect With Working Folk

The common theme in the early rounds of NASCAR media and fan events this season has been the sport’s efforts to give the fans what they want. Rules changes are being made in response to fans’ complaints about “boring” races. The very fact that events such as Preseason Thunder at Daytona and Speed and Sound [...]

Reed Sorenson’s Career Takes A Step Back
Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 – 8:59 | 2 Comments
Reed Sorenson’s Career Takes A Step Back

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
For most of his 23 years, Reed Sorenson’s story was a textbook lesson on how to groom an aspiring young race driver and propel him to a ride in the elite Sprint Cup Series. But the latest chapter in his career, one in which he’s having to step back to [...]

Thunder Notes: Harvick Won’t Commit To Future
Saturday, Jan 16, 2010 – 21:33 | One Comment
Thunder Notes: Harvick Won’t Commit To Future

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Daytona Beach, Fla. – Kevin Harvick, whose driving contract with Richard Childress Racing ends at the conclusion of the 2010 season, shed absolutely no light on his future plans during the media portion of his appearance at Preseason Thunder at Daytona International Speedway.
“I’m not getting in the middle of it,” [...]