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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

Truck Series Newcomer On A Roll Despite Broken Wrist
Tuesday, Jul 14, 2009 – 15:41 | One Comment
Truck Series Newcomer On A Roll Despite Broken Wrist

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Rarely is Boise, Idaho considered a prime breeding ground for NASCAR racers. But Brian Scott, the 21-year-old Camping World Truck Series driver, is beginning to prove otherwise.
Driving the Xpress Motorsports No. 16 Toyota Tundra, Scott has scored a win, a second and two third-place finishes in the past seven races [...]

Minter: Racing Deaths Leave Lasting Void
Monday, Jul 13, 2009 – 11:55 | 5 Comments
Minter: Racing Deaths Leave Lasting Void

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NASCAR’s tragedies have a way of making one wonder how things would be had they not happened. They remind racing folks of the words of the old George Jones song  “Who’s gonna fill their shoes.”
Those thoughts come to mind today, the 16th anniversary of Davey Allison’s death due to a [...]

Minter: Racing No Longer Family-Sized?
Wednesday, Jul 8, 2009 – 6:52 | 6 Comments
Minter: Racing No Longer Family-Sized?

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Wednesday  observations:
* In the past three weeks, racing duties have carried me to two Georgia dirt tracks, Dixie Speedway and West Georgia Speedway, and to Daytona International Speedway.
At Dixie Speedway, I had barely gotten inside the gate when track owner Mickey Swims pulled up in an old water truck and [...]

Minter: Sprint Cup Racing Is Speeding Toward Trouble
Tuesday, Jul 7, 2009 – 12:11 | 7 Comments
Minter: Sprint Cup Racing Is Speeding Toward Trouble

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Among the many empty seats in the infield media center at Daytona International Speedway last week was the one usually occupied by David Poole.
Poole wasn’t there because he died on April 28, just two days after covering the race at Talladega Superspeedway in which Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards wrecked [...]

Mayfield Leads The Field In Daytona Garage Talk
Friday, Jul 3, 2009 – 17:44 | Comments Off
Mayfield Leads The Field In Daytona Garage Talk

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Daytona Beach, Fla. – The temporarily reinstated Jeremy Mayfield isn’t among the entries for Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, but he dominated the discussions between drivers and the media.
Most drivers said they wouldn’t be hesitant to race against him whenever he returns to competition, but there were [...]

Restarts Could Turn Up Heat In Daytona
Friday, Jul 3, 2009 – 8:00 | Comments Off
Restarts Could Turn Up Heat In Daytona

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Daytona Beach, Fla. – Some old NASCAR rules and a new one will be put to the test this weekend at Daytona International Speedway.
This weekend’s race are the first to be run on a restrictor-plate track using the new double-file restart format. From what most drivers say, the difference between [...]

Confidence and Success Are On The Rise for Logano
Thursday, Jul 2, 2009 – 13:38 | One Comment
Confidence and Success Are On The Rise for Logano

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Daytona Beach, Fla. – The last time Joey Logano was in the garage at Daytona International Speedway on a race weekend, he likely was looking for a place to hide after crashing the famous No. 20 Toyota early in the race and finishing dead last in the Daytona 500.
But on [...]

Minter: No Shortage of Worthy Candidates For Hall of Fame
Wednesday, Jul 1, 2009 – 17:23 | 3 Comments
Minter: No Shortage of Worthy Candidates For Hall of Fame

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
As sports go, NASCAR is still relatively young. The first championship-winning car owner, Raymond Parks, is still making the rounds today. Richard Petty, whose race team won two weeks ago at Infineon Raceway, was on hand in 1949, when the first race of the series now known as Sprint Cup [...]

Minter: Forget Level, Playing Field Has Been Plowed Up
Wednesday, Jul 1, 2009 – 0:15 | 3 Comments
Minter: Forget Level, Playing Field Has Been Plowed Up

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
As the NASCAR circuit heads back to Daytona International Speedway for the traditional start of the second half of the season, it’s a good time to look at some of the events that have – or haven’t – transpired in the first half.
For starters, there’s a Who’s Who list of [...]

“Pappy” Powell Still Collecting Racing Hardware at 85
Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 – 8:05 | One Comment
“Pappy” Powell Still Collecting Racing Hardware at 85

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Whitesburg, Ga. – Anyone who gets a warm feeling from watching Mark Martin win Sprint Cup races at the age of 50 ought to get a real charge out of seeing Pappy Powell race his dirt track car at the ripe old age of 85.
Roston “Pappy” Powell isn’t some old [...]