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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: Pithy Bits From Bristol
Friday, Aug 21, 2009 – 14:20 | 2 Comments
Minter: Pithy Bits From Bristol

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Bristol, Tenn. – There’s nothing quite like a morning spent in the pit area at Bristol Motor Speedway  to get some lively debate going about all things NASCAR.
Early on a somewhat gray day, Mike Brown, the general manager of TRG Motorsports’ Sprint Cup effort, leaned against a stack of tires [...]

Minter: Bristol Could be Pointers Vs. Winners
Thursday, Aug 20, 2009 – 13:00 | Comments Off
Minter: Bristol Could be Pointers Vs. Winners

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Some Thursday Observations:
* The Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway has a history of being a “can’t miss” event for NASCAR fans. But there are worries in some quarters that the emphasis on the making the Chase will have some of the top drivers points racing and trying to avoid [...]

King Of Trucks Can Nab Another Jewel Tonight
Wednesday, Aug 19, 2009 – 14:00 | Comments Off
King Of Trucks Can Nab Another Jewel Tonight

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Ron Hornaday Jr. has a chance tonight at Bristol Motor Speedway to extend his Camping World Truck Series win streak to a record six, which would be the first time in decades that a driver in a major NASCAR division won that many consecutive races.
Richard Petty is the all-time leader [...]

Minter: Has The Son Started To Rise Again?
Monday, Aug 17, 2009 – 11:48 | Comments Off
Minter: Has The Son Started To Rise Again?

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The Earnhardt Nation has reason to rejoice. Its driver is starting to act like an Earnhardt again. It was evident last week during an appearance in Atlanta and it showed again on Sunday during the Carfax 400 at Michigan International Speedway, where he put on a hard charge at the [...]

Earnhardt Jr. Says Turnaround Is Just Around the Corner
Friday, Aug 14, 2009 – 13:21 | 17 Comments
Earnhardt Jr. Says Turnaround Is Just Around the Corner

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was in Atlanta this week, promoting the upcoming Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It’s part of the obligations that fall on recent race winners in NASCAR. Each track gets a day’s time from recent winners to use to promote upcoming races. As bad as [...]

Bubba Didn’t Go Down For Count At Sound Of The Gong
Thursday, Aug 13, 2009 – 14:12 | One Comment
Bubba Didn’t Go Down For Count At Sound Of The Gong

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In a recent article by my RacinToday.com colleague Bill Fleischman, the legendary promoter Humpy Wheeler said he’d heard enough trendy names and longed for a time when drivers with colorful names like Possum Jones and Banjo Matthews showed up in starting line-ups.
The driver Wheeler’s looking for might just be a [...]

Beau Slocumb Is Getting Back Up To Speed
Tuesday, Aug 11, 2009 – 17:00 | 2 Comments
Beau Slocumb Is Getting Back Up To Speed

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
It was a moment Beau Slocumb’s fans and friends had been praying for all year long. The 24-year-old Juliette, Ga. native was at Atlanta Motor Speedway’s quarter-mile Legends track doing what he does best – driving a race car.
Early this year, Slocumb was on the fast track to a professional [...]

Minter: In NASCAR, Parkers Keep Cash And Clunkers
Friday, Aug 7, 2009 – 16:38 | One Comment
Minter: In NASCAR, Parkers Keep Cash And Clunkers

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
When it comes to personal vehicles, I’ve always tended to adopt the same philosophy as the start-and-park teams in NASCAR. The goal is to try to remain in the transportation game but have as many dollars as possible left over at the end of the day.
My cars won’t ever win [...]

Minter: The Drive To Diversify Began Many Years Ago
Thursday, Aug 6, 2009 – 19:49 | Comments Off
Minter: The Drive To Diversify Began Many Years Ago

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program has plugged along for several years, with some positive results. Still the sport’s participants and fans remain predominately white.
Black Americans have played roles in NASCAR over the years, but rarely in starring spots.
Wendell Scott, the long-time Cup campaigner from Danville, Va., is the name that [...]

Minter: Kahne Talks Candidly About Kahne
Wednesday, Aug 5, 2009 – 6:58 | 2 Comments
Minter: Kahne Talks Candidly About Kahne

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
This week’s NASCAR teleconference was livelier than usual. Kasey Kahne was the featured speaker, and some interesting subjects, some on-track and some off, were discussed. Here’s a look at a few of them.
* Points racing:
One of the most interesting topics was the importance of race wins versus making the cut [...]