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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: Media Centers Getting Darker
Wednesday, Jan 6, 2010 – 17:15 | 4 Comments
Minter: Media Centers Getting Darker

There was a time back in the not-too-distant good ol’ days that a mid-morning call from a fellow writer on the NASCAR trail immediately got the adrenaline flowing. The call most likely meant there was big news afoot. A big-name driver was leaving one team for another. NASCAR was about to make a big rule [...]

The Woods of Virginia – Part 4: Super Speedy
Friday, Jan 1, 2010 – 14:23 | 2 Comments
The Woods of Virginia – Part 4: Super Speedy

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: Let’s Raise A Cup to Cup
Thursday, Dec 31, 2009 – 15:09 | Comments Off
Minter: Let’s Raise A Cup to Cup

Well it’s New Year’s Eve. Another year about to end. Time to sing “Auld Lang Syne,” a familiar tune but one that’s sad in a way even as it’s sung at what is otherwise a festive welcome to a new year.
A little research on the Net shows that the old Scottish lyrics talk about raising [...]

Minter: Trips To Tracks Produce Loads Of Winners
Tuesday, Dec 29, 2009 – 7:50 | Comments Off
Minter: Trips To Tracks Produce Loads Of Winners

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
When my RacinToday boss man Jim Pedley wrote recently about Road America and smelly feet, he accomplished what all columnists set out to do in the beginning – he got people to thinking. At least that’s the effect it had on me.
As I read about Pedley and his pals piling [...]

The Woods of Virginia – Part 3: Glen Grabs The Wheel
Sunday, Dec 27, 2009 – 7:00 | 2 Comments
The Woods of Virginia – Part 3: Glen Grabs The Wheel

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, one of the second-generation members [...]

Minter: Short Tracks Remain Racing’s Backbone
Sunday, Dec 20, 2009 – 7:49 | Comments Off
Minter: Short Tracks Remain Racing’s Backbone

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Some weekend observations:
When it comes to government, the most important things tend to happen on the local level. The actions by the local councils, commissions and school boards often impact people’s lives far more than anything the folks in Washington might do.
A good argument can be made that the same [...]

The Woods of Virginia – Part 2: DJ Gets 1st Win
Friday, Dec 18, 2009 – 7:29 | One Comment
The Woods of Virginia – Part 2: DJ Gets 1st Win

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 1: Petty Theft
Friday, Dec 11, 2009 – 8:22 | Comments Off
The Woods Of Virginia – Part 1: Petty Theft

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: Danica Has Us Talking About Auto Racing
Thursday, Dec 10, 2009 – 15:36 | 3 Comments
Minter: Danica Has Us Talking About Auto Racing

A few random thoughts on the first week in months in which there’s been no official NASCAR-sanctioned activity, unless you count the announcement of Danica Patrick’s decision to add a part-time Nationwide Series schedule to her 2010 agenda.
One of the most refreshing parts of the Danica debate is that it’s a big NASCAR story that [...]

Minter: Numbers Tell A Story?
Friday, Dec 4, 2009 – 9:09 | 2 Comments
Minter: Numbers Tell A Story?

Some Friday observations:
In looking at the final points standing for NASCAR’s top three series, three interesting stats jumped out. In the Nationwide Series, only 13 drivers ran all 35 races. In the Camping World Truck Series, just 15 ran all 25 races.
In Sprint Cup, the number was more like what might be expected. There were [...]