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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: Hornaday Has Become King Of The Truck Series
Monday, Aug 3, 2009 – 12:18 | Comments Off
Minter: Hornaday Has Become King Of The Truck Series

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
If a modern-day driver is going to tie a mark held for 38 years by two giants like Richard Petty and Bobby Allison, it seems only fitting that an old-school racer would be the one to do it.
That’s exactly what happened at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday as Californian Ron Hornaday [...]

Minter: NASCAR Needs To Start Showing Blind Data
Thursday, Jul 30, 2009 – 8:31 | Comments Off
Minter: NASCAR Needs To Start Showing Blind Data

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Thursday Observations:
* In recent years NASCAR has begun making all sorts of on-track data available to teams, media and fans. There are all sorts of “loop data” numbers available, made possible by the latest electronic scoring loops that have been placed at every track.
But the one bit of information not [...]

Wood Brothers Turning Fewer Laps, More Heads
Wednesday, Jul 29, 2009 – 14:15 | 4 Comments
Wood Brothers Turning Fewer Laps, More Heads

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
When Bill Elliott decided part of the way into the 2007 Sprint Cup season that he was coming out of semi-retirement to drive the Wood Brothers No. 21 Ford, he made it clear that it wouldn’t be one of those deals where he rested on his laurels and cashed in [...]

Hamlin Says The Fight Is For Hendrick’s Scraps
Wednesday, Jul 29, 2009 – 8:30 | Comments Off
Hamlin Says The Fight Is For Hendrick’s Scraps

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Joe Gibbs Racing has staked a claim to best in class in Sprint Cup, or at least that’s the way Denny Hamlin sized it up on this week’s NASCAR teleconference.
Hamlin said the three-team JGR outfit is the best of the non-Hendrick or Hendrick-affiliated teams.
“Week in, week out, it’s a Hendrick [...]

Indy Not Just Another Race, Place For Stewart
Friday, Jul 24, 2009 – 15:42 | One Comment
Indy Not Just Another Race, Place For Stewart

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis Motor Speedway is special to many drivers, which is natural given the track’s heritage. But few are identified with it like Tony Stewart.
Stewart grew up just down the road from the speedway, in Columbus and Rushville. And racing at Indy was a big part of his life, long before [...]

Minter: Gordon Takes Goodyear Off The Hook At Indy
Thursday, Jul 23, 2009 – 12:09 | Comments Off
Minter: Gordon Takes Goodyear Off The Hook At Indy

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Midweek Observations:
* There’s considerable debate out there this week about whether NASCAR’s honeymoon phase with Indianapolis Motor Speedway has come to an end. That’s probably a given no matter how things have gone at the Brickyard over the years. But it’s important to note that NASCAR has been running there [...]

Gordon Stands Up For Racing At The Brickyard
Wednesday, Jul 22, 2009 – 22:28 | One Comment
Gordon Stands Up For Racing At The Brickyard

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
It seems odd given the history and heritage of Indianapolis Motor Speedway that Jeff Gordon would spend much of Tuesday’s NASCAR teleconference answering questions about NASCAR’s continued participation at Indy.
Gordon, a one-time resident of nearby Pittsboro, Ind., isn’t the most unbiased one to answer, but he said he sees no [...]

Ragan Goes Rooting Around At Atlanta Motor Speedway
Friday, Jul 17, 2009 – 17:40 | Comments Off
Ragan Goes Rooting Around At Atlanta Motor Speedway

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Atlanta, Ga. – NASCAR driver David Ragan went back to his roots Thursday night – racing Legends cars on the quarter-mile track at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the same piece of asphalt where he drove his very first race at age 12.
He went not as a visiting Cup start but as [...]

Minter: Has Re-Start Rule Ushered In Era Of Anarchy?
Thursday, Jul 16, 2009 – 17:06 | One Comment
Minter: Has Re-Start Rule Ushered In Era Of Anarchy?

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Midweek observations:
* NASCAR’s double-file restart rules have added drama – and crashes – to races, and most fans and drivers are supportive of the new rules so far.
But there’s still no solution to the lack of action at the front of the pack once the field sets sail after a [...]

Hamlin Playing Lead Role With Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kiddy Corps
Wednesday, Jul 15, 2009 – 7:52 | One Comment
Hamlin Playing Lead Role With Joe Gibbs Racing’s  Kiddy Corps

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Atlanta – Denny Hamlin’s expression could best be described as a cold stare as he walked into the media room at Atlanta Motor Speedway Tuesday during a break in a Goodyear tire test.
But initial looks were deceiving. When it came time to meet with the media, Hamlin smiled broadly and [...]