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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

Don Miller Helping People Walk All Over Former Drivers
Thursday, May 21, 2009 – 16:53 | Comments Off
Don Miller Helping People Walk All Over Former Drivers

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Mooresville, N.C. – Don Miller has gone from working with some of the sport’s fastest cars and most talented current drivers to working with cars and drivers that likely will never race again.
And he absolutely loves it.
As president of Penske Racing South, Miller was the overseer for the preparation of [...]

Illegal Engine A Costly Mistake For Carl Long
Thursday, May 21, 2009 – 16:50 | Comments Off
Illegal Engine A Costly Mistake For Carl Long

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Concord, N.C. – Carl Long is a little guy with a big problem. He’s facing one of the most severe penalties in NASCAR history – 200 points, 12 weeks suspension and a $200,000 fine for his crew chief, Charles Swing. The part-time team was hit after the engine in their [...]

Dixie Whistling Along As A Piece Of Racing Americana
Thursday, May 21, 2009 – 9:17 | One Comment
Dixie Whistling Along As A Piece Of Racing Americana

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Saturday night dirt tracks are as much a part of Americana as country churches, state parks and mom-and-pop stores.
For the past 40 years, Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Ga., has been entertaining fans with good old-fashioned rock-em, sock-em dirt track racing. The track will celebrate its anniversary on Memorial Day weekend.
First [...]

Mike Mittler Keeps Cranking Out NASCAR’s Future Stars
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 – 8:49 | One Comment
Mike Mittler Keeps Cranking Out NASCAR’s Future Stars

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Concord, N.C. – When it comes to passion and picking talented drivers from the hordes of hopefuls out there, there are few people in NASCAR that can match Mike Mittler.
Mittler is the owner of a machine and tool company in Foristell, Mo., and a part-time Camping World Truck Series owner/crew [...]

Minter: American Racing Loses Another Pioneer
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 – 8:45 | 2 Comments
Minter: American Racing Loses Another Pioneer

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The life and times of the flashy Frank Mundy came to a sad end last week at an Atlanta nursing home. Mundy died at age 90 from complications from a fall.
Reporters who found their way to Mundy’s home in an upscale Atlanta neighborhood, always got a great interview from a [...]

Stewart Showing Leadership Qualities In Abundance
Sunday, May 17, 2009 – 18:36 | One Comment
Stewart Showing Leadership Qualities In Abundance

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Concord, N.C. – From listening to Tony Stewart talk about winning Saturday’s Sprint Cup All-Star race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, it’s clear that he’s operating according to a philosophy that will continue to serve him well as a driver/owner.
The recurring theme of Stewart’s comments was: “It’s not all about me.”
Stewart [...]

Stewart Ignites Late-Race Fireworks In All-Star Race
Sunday, May 17, 2009 – 17:24 | 2 Comments
Stewart Ignites Late-Race Fireworks In All-Star Race

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Concord, N.C. –  After 90 laps of relatively uneventful, follow-the-leader racing in the Sprint All-Star race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, NASCAR’s finest decided to put on a slam-bang show for the final 10 laps.
But it was Tony Stewart, with hardly a scratch on his car, who passed Matt Kenseth heading [...]

All-Star Flashback: The Clown Was Shut Down In Showdown
Saturday, May 16, 2009 – 22:06 | Comments Off
All-Star Flashback: The Clown Was Shut Down In Showdown

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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The late Joe Weatherly was NASCAR’s original “Clown Prince,” a driver who loved to have a great time and went to great lengths to make sure everyone around him enjoyed themselves as well.
Delma Cowart was the most recent driver to wear the “Clown” crown. The Savannah, Ga., native ran [...]

Drivers, France Talk Drugs And Racing At Lowe’s
Friday, May 15, 2009 – 22:17 | 3 Comments
Drivers, France Talk Drugs And Racing At Lowe’s

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Concord, N.C. – The suspension of Jeremy Mayfield for failing a drug test continues to cause aftershocks in the NASCAR garage.
Drivers expressed concern about taking basic medicines, and seemed to be seeking answers to a growing list of questions.
Mark Martin said he’d like to know just exactly what it was [...]

Hornaday Has Big Night At Lowe’s
Friday, May 15, 2009 – 22:15 | Comments Off
Hornaday Has Big Night At Lowe’s

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Concord, N.C.  – Ron Hornaday Jr. emerged victorious from a Camping World Truck Series race that was run under threatening skies and saw three front-runners knocked out by crashes.
Hornaday gave much of the credit for his win to his crew and the preparation and testing they did beforehand, such as [...]