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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

Junior and Lance, Now We’re Talking
Tuesday, Jun 2, 2009 – 14:05 | Comments Off
Junior and Lance, Now We’re Talking

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
For Dale Earnhardt Jr., Sunday’s race at Dover International Speedway must have seemed like the first day of working a new job.
There were new ways of doing things to get accustomed to, new voices replacing familiar ones, and high expectations all around.
By all accounts, his 12th-place finish earned him a [...]

Minter: Earnhardt-Eury Saga Leaves Lots to Ponder
Thursday, May 28, 2009 – 16:15 | 4 Comments
Minter: Earnhardt-Eury Saga Leaves Lots to Ponder

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The reunion of Tony Eury Jr. and his cousin Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Hendrick Motorsports came to an end Wednesday night, with Eury being replaced as his cousin’s crew chief by a group of Hendrick veterans – Lance McGrew, Brian Whitesell and Rex Stump.
The news isn’t surprising, given the poor [...]

Penske Beginning to Make A Move In Sprint Cup
Thursday, May 28, 2009 – 11:54 | Comments Off
Penske Beginning to Make A Move In Sprint Cup

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Changing race teams is always a risky move for a driver. Sometimes it pays off in a big way. Kyle Busch went from Hendrick Motorsports to Joe Gibbs Racing last year and has won 11 races since then after winning a total of four at Hendrick.
His older brother Kurt Busch [...]

Jeffrey Earnhardt To Make Nationwide Debut At Dover
Tuesday, May 26, 2009 – 15:44 | Comments Off
Jeffrey Earnhardt To Make Nationwide Debut At Dover

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Concord, N.C. – There may be a bright future for Dale Earnhardt Inc. after all, thanks to a sometimes overlooked branch of the famous family.
Last week at the unveiling of the Walk of Fame in downtown Mooresville, Teresa Earnhardt represented her late husband Dale Earnhardt Sr. and was flanked by [...]

Reutimann Awarded Victory At Coca-Cola 600
Tuesday, May 26, 2009 – 9:05 | Comments Off
Reutimann Awarded Victory At Coca-Cola 600

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
With NASCAR battling big issues like a sagging economy and drops in TV ratings and attendance at tracks, the last thing the sport needed was another showcase event cut short by rain.
The premature end of the Daytona 500 this year because of rain has been blamed by many for the [...]

Rain Forces Coca-Cola 600 Delay
Sunday, May 24, 2009 – 19:44 | Comments Off
Rain Forces Coca-Cola 600 Delay

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Concord, N.C. – The 50th running of the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway will have to wait until Memorial Day. The green flag is set to fly at noon, with FOX carrying the broadcast.
Persistent rain throughout the afternoon on Sunday forced officials to make the call at about [...]

Six-hundred, Schmix-Hundred: Drivers Enjoy The Coke
Sunday, May 24, 2009 – 15:48 | Comments Off
Six-hundred, Schmix-Hundred: Drivers Enjoy The Coke

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Concord, N.C. – There was a time when a 600-mile NASCAR race was a grueling test of man and machine.
Now with drivers more fit and cars essentially bullet-proof, Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 is in some respects just a race with another 100 miles to run.
Yes, most drivers hydrate themselves in the [...]

Stewart’s Ownership Ability Is Rooted In Dirt
Friday, May 22, 2009 – 8:45 | Comments Off
Stewart’s Ownership Ability Is Rooted In Dirt

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Concord, N.C. – Two guys who know all about Tony Stewart the car owner say they’re not surprised at his early success as a driver/owner in the Sprint Cup Series
Donny Schatz and Kraig Kinser, who wheel Stewart-owned sprint cars on the World of Outlaws circuit, joined Stewart for his media [...]

Haas Finds A Whole New World On Return To Racing
Thursday, May 21, 2009 – 20:03 | One Comment
Haas Finds A Whole New World On Return To Racing

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Concord, N.C. – The other half of Stewart Haas Racing, Gene Haas, met with the media on Thursday for the first time since he returned to racing after serving prison time for tax evasion.
Haas, seated on the podium in the Lowe’s Motor Speedway media center between his partner, Tony Stewart, [...]

Newman On Pole For 600
Thursday, May 21, 2009 – 20:00 | Comments Off
Newman On Pole For 600

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Concord, N.C. – The good times continue to roll for Stewart Haas Racing. Four days after team co-owner Tony Stewart gave the team its first win, in the Sprint All-Star race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, teammate Ryan Newman returned to the track and won the pole for the 50th running [...]