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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

Johnny Davis is NASCAR’s Past – And Future?
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 – 17:02 | One Comment
Johnny Davis is NASCAR’s Past – And Future?

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
David Green has become a fixture in the NASCAR series now known as Nationwide. Over 19 years, he has nine wins and was the 1994 champion. He’s driven for some of the most powerful teams in the sport, including Hendrick Motorsports.
But last year, when he was about to go a [...]

Chasing Tracks Is A Chase That Never Ends
Tuesday, May 5, 2009 – 9:05 | Comments Off
Chasing Tracks Is A Chase That Never Ends

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
They’re called race track chasers, nomadic types who travel the countryside trying to attend races at as many tracks as they can.
Most hit the road with Allan Brown’s “National Speedway Directory” as their travel guide, marking each new track like a notch on a gunslinger’s pistol.
Some have recorded more than [...]

Bill Elliott Had A Thing For The Lady In Black
Monday, May 4, 2009 – 12:35 | Comments Off
Bill Elliott Had A Thing For The Lady In Black

 
By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In the 60 years of racing at Darlington Raceway, few events have drawn as much attention to the Lady in Black as the 1985 Southern 500. It was at that race that Bill Elliott secured the Winston Million for winning three of the four major events in a single Cup [...]

Minter: The Suite Life Should Be At The Finish Line
Friday, May 1, 2009 – 8:40 | Comments Off
Minter: The Suite Life Should Be At The Finish Line

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Commerce, Ga. – Fans of every sport treasure their traditions. But it’s almost a given that if a sport is going to grow, those traditions have to be tweaked.
There’s an idea floating around in the NHRA – it’s actually been around for years –  that seems to have the potential of [...]

David Poole Issued A Fond Farewell
Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 – 21:28 | One Comment
David Poole Issued A Fond Farewell

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Gastonia, N.C. – A wise person once advised that it’s good to make friends with a preacher so there’ll be someone who knows you to preach your funeral. There’s an extra sadness at funerals where the reverend doesn’t know much about the deceased.
David Poole, despite his intense working pace at [...]

Minter: They’re Going 200 mph Again At Talladega
Wednesday, Apr 29, 2009 – 15:33 | 8 Comments
Minter: They’re Going 200 mph Again At Talladega

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In his final column, David Poole called for changes to the race track at Talladega Superspeedway to prevent a disaster from happening in light of the Carl Edwards crash at the end of Sunday’s Aaron’s 499.
 Poole pointed out that changes to the cars, restrictor plates, yellow line rules and other [...]

Minter: Auto Racing Loses A Great One
Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 – 18:06 | One Comment
Minter: Auto Racing Loses A Great One

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
 For the past 10 years or so, anytime big news broke on the NASCAR scene, it wouldn’t be long before I got a phone call from David Poole. Sometimes I was already onto the story, sometimes not.
Poole knew how important is was for beat reporters to be on top of [...]

Minter: Talladega Scene Won’t Be Forgotten
Monday, Apr 27, 2009 – 16:50 | 2 Comments
Minter: Talladega Scene Won’t Be Forgotten

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Talladega, Ala. – Reporters are probably the least qualified of anyone involved to solve the problems that come with racing today’s NASCAR cars at Talladega Superspeedway.
So the best approach for scribes to take is to observe, report what they see and let the readers decide what they think.
That being said, [...]

Edwards, Other Drivers, Blast Rules After Keselowski’s Win
Monday, Apr 27, 2009 – 13:00 | 3 Comments
Edwards, Other Drivers, Blast Rules After Keselowski’s Win

 
By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Talladega, Ala. – NASCAR’s rules for racing at Talladega Superspeedway are intended to  produce safer racing. Drivers run restrictor plates to slow speeds and they’re prohibited from going below the yellow line at the bottom of the race track, among other things. But on Sunday at the end of the [...]

Hamlin At Home Talking About Home Track
Monday, Apr 27, 2009 – 12:56 | Comments Off
Hamlin At Home Talking About Home Track

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Increasingly in NASCAR these days, interviews with top drivers occur in scrums held behind the team hauler in the garage. The driver stands on the steps. Reporters push and shove their way to the front, trying to get in a question or two. Others stand around the periphery, straining to [...]