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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: Two Races In, The Chase Field Is Thinning Rapidly
Thursday, Oct 1, 2009 – 16:26 | One Comment
Minter: Two Races In, The Chase Field Is Thinning Rapidly

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The 2009 Chase for the Sprint Cup is just two races old, but it’s beginning to look like the 12-driver field is rapidly being thinned to only a handful of legitimate title contenders.
Points leader Mark Martin and his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson are rapidly putting the balance of the [...]

Minter: A Car And A Driver Are Restored In Georgia
Wednesday, Sep 30, 2009 – 9:55 | 2 Comments
Minter: A Car And A Driver Are Restored In Georgia

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The news that Huston Platt is among the inductees into the 2009 class of the East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame is yet another sign that the 76-year-old former drag racer and his family are finally able to begin moving past one of their family’s and auto racing’s darkest days.
It’s mostly [...]

Rain Makes the Petit Even More Petit
Saturday, Sep 26, 2009 – 19:15 | Comments Off
Rain Makes the Petit Even More Petit

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Braselton, Ga. – The rains that flooded the north Georgia area over the past week washed out the better part of the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on Saturday.
Only 467 of the scheduled 1,000 miles were run before heavy rains caused the American Le Mans Series to halt a [...]

Minter: Some Orders Are Tough To Swallow
Friday, Sep 25, 2009 – 6:00 | 5 Comments
Minter: Some Orders Are Tough To Swallow

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Team orders can be troubling for those who like their sporting contests to be as pure as possible.
The issue arose in the NHRA a couple of weeks back when John Force appeared to give his teammate Robert Hight a round win that allowed Hight to make the NHRA’s version of [...]

Minter: Championship Banquet Could Be At Denny’s
Thursday, Sep 24, 2009 – 10:10 | One Comment
Minter: Championship Banquet Could Be At Denny’s

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Some Thursday observations:
With all the attention being focused on Mark Martin, Juan Pablo Montoya and Jimmie Johnson and their quests to win this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup, it’s easy to overlook Denny Hamlin.
But in the weeks leading up to the Chase, Hamlin was the most consistent, winning at [...]

Minter: For Roush, Cuts May Increase Team Numbers
Thursday, Sep 17, 2009 – 16:10 | Comments Off
Minter: For Roush, Cuts May Increase Team Numbers

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Some Thursday observations:
Like many other NASCAR rules that have been implemented over the years, the four-teams-per-car-owner limit isn’t as iron-clad as it seemed at the time. Rick Hendrick effectively expanded his four-car operation to six through a close alliance with Stewart-Haas Racing. The two companies run the same chassis and [...]

Minter: Busch’s Bedevilment Is In The Details
Thursday, Sep 10, 2009 – 6:00 | Comments Off
Minter: Busch’s Bedevilment Is In The Details

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Some Thursday observations:
Whenever there’s an issue that doesn’t seem to make sense, it’s always a good idea to check the facts, specifically the statistics involved.
For those wondering how a  four-time Sprint Cup winner this season could be on the outside looking in a the circuit heads to the final regular [...]

Vickers Racing, Chasing For The Little Guys
Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009 – 7:00 | 2 Comments
Vickers Racing, Chasing For The Little Guys

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Brian Vickers is making a habit this season of proving wrong the conventional racing wisdom.
First he got in a crash with Dale Earnhardt Jr., the sport’s most popular driver, during the season-opening Daytona 500, but wound up getting broad support from fans across the board, including a good many members [...]

Gong Show Winner Darnell Answers The Big Bell
Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 – 8:32 | Comments Off
Gong Show Winner Darnell Answers The Big Bell

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
One of the winners of the old Roush Racing “Gong Show” tryouts is finally getting his chance to prove himself in a Sprint Cup car.
Erik Darnell, the 2005 winner of the contest that won him a ride in a Roush truck, is running the first of seven races this season [...]

Harvick Powers to Nationwide Victory
Saturday, Sep 5, 2009 – 21:00 | Comments Off
Harvick Powers to Nationwide Victory

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Hampton, Ga. – Kevin Harvick’s thorough domination of Saturday’s Degree V12 Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway made one wonder whether he had a V-12 engine under the hood while his competitors ran the standard V-8s.
Harvick, driving the No. 33 Chevrolet that he owns and drives, was so strong that [...]