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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

Georgia’s Pollards Were Into Racing, Not Beans
Thursday, Jun 28, 2012 – 8:27 | Comments Off
Georgia’s Pollards Were Into Racing, Not Beans

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
ATLANTA, Ga. – Sometimes, while cruising the backroads around my home on the south side of Atlanta, I’ll come across an intersection where in years past there would be a poster nailed to a tree or a power pole. The posters were for races at Senoia Raceway, and they were [...]

Georgia’s Clanton Family Has A Dirty Past
Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 – 7:04 | One Comment
Georgia’s Clanton Family Has A Dirty Past

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. – The trophy and the $100,000 winner’s check from the Dream at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway wound up back in my hometown of Fayetteville, Ga., brought here by Shane Clanton, who led all 100 laps of dirt racing’s most lucrative event.
The Clantons have been fixtures on the dirt [...]

Memorial Day About More Than Just Racing
Sunday, May 27, 2012 – 10:32 | 2 Comments
Memorial Day About More Than Just Racing

Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Sometimes, despite their good intentions, people in the racing world get Memorial Day mixed up with the Fourth of July and Veterans Day. Memorial Day, once known as Decoration Day as in decorating the graves of those killed in the line of duty, isn’t about those who serve. It’s about those [...]

Keselowski’s Dream Move’s A Winner At Talladega
Sunday, May 6, 2012 – 21:05 | Comments Off
Keselowski’s Dream Move’s A Winner At Talladega

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
TALLADEGA, Ala. – Talladega Superspeedway has become a big part of the evolving story of Brad Keselowski.
It was at Talladega three years ago that Keselowski held his ground on the final lap and got his first career Sprint Cup victory while Carl Edwards, after contact between the two of them, flew [...]

Heat May Not Be Biggest Problem At Talladega
Sunday, May 6, 2012 – 9:28 | Comments Off
Heat May Not Be Biggest Problem At Talladega

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
TALLADEGA, Ala. – A few random thoughts on race morning at Talladega…
After all the talk about the effects the heat will have on engines during the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway, the big weather news on Sunday morning is of another variety. A few rumbles of thunder and a steady [...]

MINTER: Variety Of Factors To Blame For Nerf Racing In Cup
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 – 7:10 | 3 Comments
MINTER: Variety Of Factors To Blame For Nerf Racing In Cup

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The long stretch of wreck-less racing in the Sprint Cup Series has become the subject of conversation around water coolers, across fenders and on the Internet.
To cut to the Chase, so to speak, about reasons for lap after lap of relatively uneventful racing and a dearth of drama it helps [...]

Are NASCAR Fans Moving On To Dirtier Pursuits?
Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 – 10:23 | 5 Comments
Are NASCAR Fans Moving On To Dirtier Pursuits?

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Anyone who cares even a little bit about auto racing has to be saddened by the empty seats at Bristol Motor Speedway last weekend and at other tracks on the circuit, as well as the sluggish ratings for broadcasts of races.
It can’t all be blamed on the economy. If people [...]

Bristol Half-Mile Is All Test, No Rest
Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 – 7:41 | Comments Off
Bristol Half-Mile Is All Test, No Rest

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Just watching a practice session at Bristol Motor Speedway or at Martinsville Speedway makes one wonder why there aren’t more half-mile tracks on the NASCAR circuit.
They seem to be a far better test of man and machine than some of the longer tracks that dominate the Sprint [...]

Earnhardt Says Sharing Not A NASCAR Tradition
Friday, Mar 16, 2012 – 14:01 | Comments Off
Earnhardt Says Sharing Not A NASCAR Tradition

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – A good argument can be made that the sport of NASCAR racing as we know it today was built on the backs of innovators.
The Sprint Cup Series started out as Strictly Stock, which meant that showroom cars were the vehicles of the day.
Now the Cup cars [...]

NASCAR Hits Bristol Amid Storm Of Questions
Friday, Mar 16, 2012 – 6:36 | Comments Off
NASCAR Hits Bristol Amid Storm Of Questions

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn. – There seems to be plenty of NASCAR news lately, but one still has to wonder just what it all means.
Take Hendrick Motorsports’ appeal of the penalties imposed on the No. 48 team, including the 25 points deducted from Jimmie Johnson’s drivers total and the six-week suspensions of [...]