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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: Keselowski Too Tough For His Own Good?
Thursday, Oct 29, 2009 – 14:24 | 6 Comments
Minter: Keselowski Too Tough For His Own Good?

Many NASCAR fans and media members who are searching for a young aggressive driver to inject some needed enthusiasm into the sport are eyeing Brad Keselowski. The Dale Earnhardt Jr. protégé picked up  his fourth Nationwide Series win of the season on Saturday at Memphis Motorsports Park using the aggressive style of driving that is [...]

Minter: Final Words May Have Been Poole’s Best
Thursday, Oct 29, 2009 – 7:44 | 4 Comments
Minter: Final Words May Have Been Poole’s Best

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The last time David Poole sat in a press box was at Talladega Superspeedway earlier this year. There, the assembled group of reporters sat behind laptop computers and wrote about a race finish that saw Carl Edwards’ car fly into the catch fence, with strewn parts injuring seven, including one [...]

Peters Has Truck Load of Want-To
Wednesday, Oct 28, 2009 – 16:09 | Comments Off
Peters Has Truck Load of Want-To

If anyone ever had reasons to quit racing, it would be Timothy Peters.
In 2001, his father, his primary backer, died, but Peters pushed ahead anyway. After finding success on the short tracks of Virginia and the Carolinas, he started getting the calls all aspiring racers dream about.
First it was Bobby Hamilton, offering a truck series [...]

Minter: Without Pops, Earnhardt Has Lost Crackle
Monday, Oct 26, 2009 – 9:07 | 6 Comments
Minter: Without Pops, Earnhardt Has Lost Crackle

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Throughout the long-running debate over why Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn’t enjoying the same success as his Hendrick Motorsports teammates, one fact gets consistently overlooked: His best days in NASCAR were with Tony Eury Sr. running the show.
“Pops” Eury, with able assistance from his son Tony Jr., guided his nephew Dale [...]

Minter: Jimmie Johnson Is As Sly As A Fox
Thursday, Oct 22, 2009 – 7:36 | One Comment
Minter: Jimmie Johnson Is As Sly As A Fox

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Some Thursday observations:
Of all the terms being tossed around regarding Jimmie Johnson’s surge toward what’s looking like a record fourth straight Sprint Cup title, “irony” is one of the first words that comes to mind.
In the same autumn that David Pearson was snubbed in the voting for the inaugural class [...]

Elliott Protege Climbs Podium In His ARCA Debut
Tuesday, Oct 20, 2009 – 8:12 | 3 Comments
Elliott Protege Climbs Podium In His ARCA Debut

As Bill Elliott began to approach the later years of his NASCAR career, he started spending some of his time helping aspiring young drivers break into the sport.
His first understudy was his nephew Casey Elliott, who had tons of potential only to be lost to cancer before he could show the NASCAR world just how [...]

Minter: Are Two Frances Too Many In First Hall Class?
Thursday, Oct 15, 2009 – 15:50 | 4 Comments
Minter: Are Two Frances Too Many In First Hall Class?

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The phone began ringing within minutes of the announcement on Wednesday of the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte.
“How could they?” said Bud Lang, a long-time NASCAR fan from the north Georgia hills that produced some of the sport’s earliest stars like Lloyd Seay, Gober Sosebee, [...]

California Sets Up A Decision For Biffle And Team
Friday, Oct 9, 2009 – 9:10 | Comments Off
California Sets Up A Decision For Biffle And Team

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Ironically, Greg Biffle’s great run at Kansas Speedway, where he led 113 laps and finished third, poses a dilemma for him and his crew heading into this weekend’s race at Auto Club Speedway.
Biffle told reporters this week that his team finally has found a chassis combination that helps his car [...]

Minter: Does NASCAR Need A Southern Accent?
Thursday, Oct 8, 2009 – 10:50 | One Comment
Minter: Does NASCAR Need A Southern Accent?

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Some Thursday observations:
NASCAR chairman Brian France and executives of the networks that broadcast its races were remarkably candid in Wednesday’s press conference announcing more – and earlier – starting times for races next season. They openly admitted that tinkering with traditions in NASCAR, something that’s been done on a fairly [...]

Minter: Mistakes Mean One And Done in Chase
Tuesday, Oct 6, 2009 – 15:00 | One Comment
Minter: Mistakes Mean One And Done in Chase

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Some random observations heading into Week Four of the 2009 Chase for the Sprint Cup:
The old saying that one bad apple doesn’t spoil the whole bunch may be true for fruit, but it’s not the case when it comes to drivers in the Chase. Just ask Brian Vickers and Kasey [...]