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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: Is A Thirst For Action Good or Bad
Tuesday, Dec 1, 2009 – 7:54 | One Comment
Minter: Is A Thirst For Action Good or Bad

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
When NASCAR introduced the Car of Tomorrow, the primary reason for implementing the new vehicle was to make racing safer. Another goal was to standardize the chassis and therefore make racing cheaper for car owners.
But the way it’s been playing out lately, the relative safety of the new car seems [...]

Minter: It’s A Day Of Racing Thanks!
Thursday, Nov 26, 2009 – 8:01 | Comments Off
Minter: It’s A Day Of Racing Thanks!

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
It’s Thanksgiving Day 2009 and time to think about all the racing things to be thankful for as the turkey is served and the family gathers around the table.
I’m thankful that the almost completed racing season was a relatively safe one, and a special thanks for all those who have [...]

Minter: Humpy Assesses Jimmie
Saturday, Nov 21, 2009 – 14:45 | One Comment
Minter: Humpy Assesses Jimmie

Ever since he began to dominate the Sprint Cup Series, media members and fans and others have been trying to figure out what to think about Jimmie Johnson. Some say he’s too clean cut, too vanilla, too non-controversial to suit the average NASCAR fan. Others don’t seem to give him the credit he deserves for [...]

Minter: Denny’s Is A Popular Place For Media
Friday, Nov 20, 2009 – 7:30 | Comments Off
Minter: Denny’s Is A Popular Place For Media

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Somewhere along the way over the last year or two, there’s been a refreshing change in Denny Hamlin.
Hamlin, who turned 29 this month, has become far more cooperative as far as working with the print media is concerned. He’s been approachable, refreshingly honest with his answers and as cooperative as [...]

Minter: Stats Give Martin Hope
Thursday, Nov 19, 2009 – 11:16 | Comments Off
Minter: Stats Give Martin Hope

Some Thursday NASCAR observations:
Now it’s down to Champions Week at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where in some years there have been nail-biting points races to be decided. Not this year.
The one last big question remaining to be answered this Sprint Cup season is whether Mark Martin can overcome the 108 points that separate him from his Hendrick [...]

Minter: Not All Issues Mechanical
Friday, Nov 13, 2009 – 7:45 | 4 Comments
Minter: Not All Issues Mechanical

A few random racing thoughts on a rainy night in Georgia….
Racing success and failure is often more about mechanical issues than many casual fans sometimes realize. Then again there can be factors that no engineer or mechanic can fix. During the press conference at Talladega a couple weeks ago, in which Lance McGrew officially lost [...]

The News Is Mixed On Fates Of Old Tracks
Thursday, Nov 12, 2009 – 7:31 | Comments Off
The News Is Mixed On Fates Of Old Tracks

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
For many a racing person, old race tracks are like their grandparents’ farm. Even if the crops and cows are gone, they’re still very special places in the heart. That feeling comes to mind these days as the old Nashville Fairgrounds track appears headed for the wrecking ball like the [...]

Minter: Soft-Spoken Jimmie Has Lots To Say
Thursday, Nov 5, 2009 – 9:13 | Comments Off
Minter: Soft-Spoken Jimmie Has Lots To Say

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In the press box and media center at Talladega Superspeedway last Sunday, reporters had the opportunity, as is NASCAR’s custom, to interview the race winner as well as the second-and third-place drivers and the top rookie. And since the race was in the Chase, points-leader Jimmie Johnson was also brought [...]

McMurray Wins, Medicine Man Tanks At Talladega
Sunday, Nov 1, 2009 – 17:02 | One Comment
McMurray Wins, Medicine Man Tanks At Talladega

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Talladega, Ala. – After Sunday’s AMP Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, it appears the Creek Indian medicine man who performed a ceremony designed to put and end to the strange occurrences at the speedway needs to try a different potion.
Sunday’s list of strange and unexpected events was a rather long [...]

Minter: Here Is The Rest Of The 1973 Story
Friday, Oct 30, 2009 – 8:49 | 3 Comments
Minter: Here Is The Rest Of The 1973 Story

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Talladega Superspeedway president Rick Humphrey is, in my opinion, an all-around good guy worthy of the support of both fans and the media. But I hope the Creek medicine man he got to restore balance to his race track turns out to be a quack. Even if the strange occurrences [...]