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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

Bowyer Set For Big Return After Having To Drop Back, Punt
Friday, Jun 26, 2009 – 7:42 | Comments Off
Bowyer Set For Big Return After Having To Drop Back, Punt

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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In recent years, Richard Childress Racing could be counted on to put most or all of its drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Last year, all three RCR drivers made the cut and grabbed the fourth, fifth and sixth positions with Kevin Harvick leading the way. The year [...]

Frey Keeps NHRA Fans Up To Speed
Wednesday, Jun 24, 2009 – 9:30 | 3 Comments
Frey Keeps NHRA Fans Up To Speed

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Every sport has its icons. Most all of them are on the field or on the track. In the case of the NHRA, one of the sport’s most popular personalities for decades has done his work, not on a car, but with a microphone.
Bob Frey, 62, has been announcing races [...]

Petty’s Perseverance Puts Him Back Onto His Throne
Monday, Jun 22, 2009 – 20:33 | One Comment
Petty’s Perseverance Puts Him Back Onto His Throne

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
When it comes to life lessons learned from auto racing, few can compare to the example of Richard Petty’s perseverance.
Yes, he has been and remains the sport’s King when it comes to race wins, championships, career starts, poles, popularity and a lot of other categories.
But since his winning days as [...]

Tony Stewart’s Relationship With His Father Is A Winner
Sunday, Jun 21, 2009 – 19:40 | Comments Off
Tony Stewart’s Relationship With His Father Is A Winner

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Tony Stewart isn’t exactly the kind of guy who feels comfortable hugging other men or telling them he loves them, even when it comes to his own father, Nelson Stewart.
But the two-time Cup champion, in his own special way, does show his appreciation for his father’s company and for all [...]

Ryan Newman Is Proving To Be Quite Shifty
Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 – 10:55 | Comments Off
Ryan Newman Is Proving To Be Quite Shifty

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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When you think about the great road racers in NASCAR, a few names come to mind immediately – Jeff Gordon, Juan Pablo Montoya and Tony Stewart for starters. Then there are the ringers like Scott Pruett and Boris Said, and other road-course experts like Robby Gordon and Marcos Ambrose.
But looking [...]

Tough Times Are Really Tough For Outlaws On The Run
Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 – 8:19 | Comments Off
Tough Times Are Really Tough For Outlaws On The Run

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Only in racing is the term “Outlaw” one that you’d want your mama to use to describe you.
Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga., is one of those outlaws, a barnstorming dirt-track racer who follows the World of Outlaws Late Model tour to tracks across the U.S. and Canada.
But this year hasn’t [...]

Leffler Hoping to Run Over Cup Guys
Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 – 15:00 | 2 Comments
Leffler Hoping to Run Over Cup Guys

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Jason Leffler’s fifth-place finish at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday, on top of his remarkable consistency so far this season, has created the possibility of a Nationwide Series points championship battle involving a driver who’s not also a full-time Sprint Cup competitor.
Leffler currently sits third, 188 points behind leader Kyle Busch [...]

Roush Out To Pick Up Truck Victory No. 50
Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 – 9:00 | Comments Off
Roush Out To Pick Up Truck Victory No. 50

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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When it comes to Camping World Truck Series wins as an owner, Jack Roush has blown by his chief competitors, many of whom no longer field entries in NASCAR’s No. 3 circuit.
He has 49 wins with 10 different drivers. Greg Biffle has the most, with 16. Mark Martin got the [...]

Burton Baffled By RCR’s March Backward
Thursday, Jun 4, 2009 – 21:50 | Comments Off
Burton Baffled By RCR’s March Backward

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Over the years, Dale Earnhardt made Richard Childress look mighty good as a car owner.
Now his son, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is indirectly helping to keep Childress from looking pretty bad.
Earnhardt’s struggles at Hendrick Motorsports and his recent crew chief swap have overshadowed the struggles of Richard Childress Racing, a story [...]

Ickler Knows It’s Risky To Be Subbing for Rowdy
Wednesday, Jun 3, 2009 – 17:52 | Comments Off
Ickler Knows It’s Risky To Be Subbing for Rowdy

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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There are several schools of thought on the best way for up-and-coming racers to break into the upper divisions of NASCAR.
One is to start out in the Camping World Truck Series, or the Nationwide Series, in a middle-of-the-pack car or truck. The equipment generally isn’t the best, but the expectations [...]