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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

Peers Say It’s Junior Time
Saturday, Jan 16, 2010 – 15:00 | 6 Comments
Peers Say It’s Junior Time

Daytona Beach, Fla. – NASCAR’s “Junior Nation” can take heart in some of the comments coming out of the Preseason Thunder media sessions at Daytona International Speedway.
The general thinking among Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s fellow drivers is that his sagging fortunes are headed for a turn-around.
Earnhardt finished 25th in points last year with two top-five and [...]

Palin Books Daytona Date
Saturday, Jan 16, 2010 – 14:32 | 7 Comments
Palin Books Daytona Date

By Rick Minter
RacinToday.com
Daytona Beach, Fla. – Daytona International Speedway president Robin Braig saiid Saturday that former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has requested credentials for the Daytona 500.
Braig said he ran the request by the France family, which controls the speedway and NASCAR, and got the go-ahead to host Palin, who will be in Daytona [...]

Martin Considers Himself A Strong(er) Contender
Saturday, Jan 16, 2010 – 12:41 | One Comment
Martin Considers Himself A Strong(er) Contender

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Daytona Beach, Fla. – Midway through the first flush of the fan and media appearances that signal the start of another Sprint Cup season, there seems to be one small group that isn’t quite ready to concede a fifth straight championship to Jimmie Johnson and his No. 48 team.
That group [...]

Drivers Say It’s A Good Idea To Clip The Wings
Friday, Jan 15, 2010 – 20:03 | 3 Comments
Drivers Say It’s A Good Idea To Clip The Wings

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Daytona Beach, Fla. – With NASCAR having informed race teams that a test would be held at Charlotte Motor Speedway on March 23 and 24 to test a rear spoiler in place of the current wing, drivers at a Daytona International Speedway media event on Friday weighed in on the [...]

Sometimes Tracks Talk To Drivers
Friday, Jan 15, 2010 – 19:40 | Comments Off
Sometimes Tracks Talk To Drivers

Daytona Beach, Fla. – If you think a race track is just another piece of real estate that can be molded into whatever the current market demands, you don’t understand them like Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart do.
For Stewart, there are few places on earth as hallowed and sacred as Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In [...]

The Woods Of Virginia – Part 6; Rocking The Rock
Friday, Jan 15, 2010 – 8:15 | One Comment
The Woods Of Virginia – Part 6; Rocking The Rock

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: New Rules Will Be A Total Wreck
Thursday, Jan 14, 2010 – 17:08 | 4 Comments
Minter: New Rules Will Be A Total Wreck

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Some Thursday observations:
Hampton, Ga. – Sitting in the media center at Atlanta Motor Speedway this week, listening to drivers answer questions about proposed rules changes for races at Daytona and Talladega, the foregone conclusion was that no matter how the rules are written, the Sprint Cup races at Talladega will [...]

Rubber And Wings Tested At Atlanta
Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 – 15:58 | 3 Comments
Rubber And Wings Tested At Atlanta

Hampton, Ga. – There have been times in the past where top-rung Sprint Cup drivers openly admitted they hated testing. But with testing strictly limited nowadays, those sentiments seem to have softened.
The four drivers testing Goodyear tires at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Tuesday and Wednesday seemed happy to be back in the ol’ firesuits and turning [...]

The Woods Of Virginia – Part 5; Jolly Good At Indy
Friday, Jan 8, 2010 – 14:39 | 6 Comments
The Woods Of Virginia – Part 5; Jolly Good At Indy

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: Cool Racing On Tap
Thursday, Jan 7, 2010 – 13:47 | Comments Off
Minter: Cool Racing On Tap

Some Thursday observations:
When promoters schedule races in early January with names like the “Ice Bowl” and “Ice Cold Shriners Bowl” it’s a pretty safe bet that they’re really hoping for unseasonably warm weather on race weekend.
But two Southern short track promoters are getting just what their race names describe this weekend. The 19th annual Ice [...]