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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

Johnson Again On Top At Lowe’s
Friday, May 15, 2009 – 19:00 | Comments Off
Johnson Again On Top At Lowe’s

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Concord, N.C. –  Jimmie Johnson’s Lowe’s-sponsored No. 48 Chevrolet hit another high note at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
Johnson and his car won the pole for Saturday’s Sprint All-Star race. Seeing Johnson and his car out front at the team’s home track is nothing new. He has five wins and two poles [...]

Truck Qualifying Washed Out
Friday, May 15, 2009 – 16:42 | Comments Off
Truck Qualifying Washed Out

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Concord, N.C., – Kyle Busch got another “1” by his name in the record book on Friday at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. When qualifying for tonight’s Camping World Truck Series race, the North Carolina Education Lottery 200, was rained out after 21 of 39 entrants had run against the clock, he [...]

Crafton’s Biggest High Was At Lowe’s
Friday, May 15, 2009 – 12:25 | Comments Off
Crafton’s Biggest High Was At Lowe’s

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Concord, N.C. –  The first lap of Camping World Truck Series practice on Friday morning at Lowe’s Motor Speedway was special for Matt Crafton, driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet.
“When I went around the track for the first time since I’ve been to Victory Lane here… it was like, man, [...]

Stewart Haas Making Hendrick Look Super
Thursday, May 14, 2009 – 21:25 | Comments Off
Stewart Haas Making Hendrick Look Super

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Hendrick Motorsports and its affiliated teams continue to build strength as the Sprint Cup season rolls along. Saturday’s win at Darlington by Mark Martin was the fifth in the past six races for a Hendrick or Hendrick-affiliated team.
Six of the first seven finishers in the Southern 500 were Hendrick related [...]

Showing Up For The Showdown Can Be A Good Career Move
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 – 8:01 | Comments Off
Showing Up For The Showdown Can Be A Good Career Move

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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The Sprint Showdown, the opening event of the night for NASCAR’s All-Star race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway next Saturday, has become a preview of things to come – for that night and for the future in the Sprint Cup Series.
In the Showdown, and in the Sprint All-Star Challenge all-star race [...]

Racing Dreams Come True Down On The Farm
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 – 8:00 | 4 Comments
Racing Dreams Come True Down On The Farm

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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 In the movie “Field of Dreams” the baseball greats who show up to play ball in an Iowa farmer’s field aren’t exactly real. But when the Georgia Automobile Racing Hall of Fame Association holds its annual picnic on the old Minter family farm in Inman, Ga., the racing greats who [...]

Racing Brings Moms and Kids Together At Darlington
Sunday, May 10, 2009 – 18:32 | One Comment
Racing Brings Moms and Kids Together At Darlington

Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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NASCAR drivers usually honor their moms at Darlington Raceway because the Southern 500 is run on the night before Mother’s Day.
For the past five years, mothers of Sprint Cup drivers have served as Grand Marshals for the Saturday night race.
Like Carl Edwards’ mom, Nancy Sterling.
“I think Mother’s Day is special to [...]

Wanted: Knock-Down, Drag-Out Gutter Brawls
Saturday, May 9, 2009 – 17:09 | Comments Off
Wanted: Knock-Down, Drag-Out Gutter Brawls

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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In any form of motorsports, the ultimate outcome is a door-to-door duel to the finish line, with a single winner collecting the lion’s share of the spoils.
In drag racing, it’s not the shot-like-a rocket runs that are the most entertaining. It’s the pedal-fests, where two drivers find themselves under less [...]

Trent Owens Trades In Wheel For Wrench
Thursday, May 7, 2009 – 8:32 | One Comment
Trent Owens Trades In Wheel For Wrench

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Trent Owens’ story is a familiar one in the NASCAR garage. The Darlington, S.C. native and nephew of Richard Petty started out with dreams of being a big-time race driver, but that didn’t turn out to be in the cards for him.
So, like many of his peers, he turned his [...]

Marcos Ambrose Panning For Stardom in Sprint Cup
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 – 20:30 | 4 Comments
Marcos Ambrose Panning For Stardom in Sprint Cup

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Former Lowe’s Motor Speedway promoter H.A. “Humpy” Wheeler, being the wise observer of all things NASCAR, rarely sides up with losers.
He was an early backer of a rowdy North Carolina short tracker, Dale Earnhardt, and helped steer him into a career in the series now known as Sprint Cup. Over [...]