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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

Ragan Victory Came At Right Time, Right Place
Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 – 17:55 | Comments Off
Ragan Victory Came At Right Time, Right Place

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Talladega, Ala. – David Ragan’s first major NASCAR victory, a last-lap thriller in Saturday’s Nationwide Series race at Talladega, was a long time coming. It followed 185 winless starts in the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series.
It actually was a lot longer than that.
The Ragan family from Unadilla, [...]

Childress Says Changes Had To Be Made
Friday, Apr 24, 2009 – 17:05 | Comments Off
Childress Says Changes Had To Be Made

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Talladega, Ala. – Richard Childress said Friday that he came away from a recent hunting trip to Montana with a big game plan – for his race teams.
Childress said it was on that trip that he finalized his plans for swapping the No. 07 and No. 29 crews at his [...]

Kenseth Wants To Be Up Front When It Counts
Friday, Apr 24, 2009 – 17:04 | Comments Off
Kenseth Wants To Be Up Front When It Counts

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Talladega, Ala. – Matt Kenseth won the most recent restrictor-plate race, the season-opening Daytona 500, but those results weren’t reflected in the practice speeds from Friday at NASCAR’s other plate track, Talladega Superspeedway.
Kenseth was 37th in Happy Hour on Friday. Qualifying is set for Saturday morning, and the cars will be [...]

Prelude Continues to Shine
Friday, Apr 24, 2009 – 16:00 | Comments Off
Prelude Continues to Shine

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Talladega, Ala. – By definition, a prelude is some event that comes before another, more important event.
But in the case of the annual “Prelude to the Dream” at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, the opener is becoming as big an event as the “Dream” dirt Late Model race [...]

Donnie Allison Speeds His Way Into Hall Of Fame
Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 – 7:28 | One Comment
Donnie Allison Speeds His Way Into Hall Of Fame

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
This week, one of NASCAR’s often overlooked talents, Donnie Allison, will get his due.
That’s when he’ll be inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, along with long-time car owner and promoter J.C. Agajanian, NASCAR Modified star Jerry Cook, and NASCAR team owners Bud Moore and Raymond Parks.
Allison becomes the [...]

Camping World Trucks And TV Have A Thing Going On
Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 – 12:42 | Comments Off
Camping World Trucks And TV Have A Thing Going On

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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To compare TV ratings among NASCAR’s Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series in baseball terms, it’s “one up, one down.”
While the Fox broadcast of Saturday night’s Cup race drew a record-low 3.3/6 for a race from Phoenix and overall numbers are down 14 percent this year, the truck series [...]

Drag Racer Had Inside View Of Hudson River Plane Crash
Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 – 8:00 | 2 Comments
Drag Racer Had Inside View Of Hudson River Plane Crash

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Commerce, Ga. – Chris Rini, a Top Sportsman racer from Carmel, N.Y., was one of the favorites in his division in the Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway last weekend. But midway through a qualifying run on Friday, the engine in his Dodge Stratus detonated.With oil streaming from his car, Rini [...]

Minter: Some Teams Park For The Money
Monday, Apr 20, 2009 – 16:18 | 2 Comments
Minter: Some Teams Park For The Money

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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When looking for enlightenment on controversial issues, there’s an old rule of thumb that often comes to mind – “Follow the money.”
It’s especially helpful when looking at the practice of starting and parking a car in NASCAR’s top three series. Some teams choose to qualify for the race, then run [...]

Southern Nationals Give Lucas First Win
Sunday, Apr 19, 2009 – 20:57 | One Comment
Southern Nationals Give Lucas First Win

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Commerce, Ga. – Great moments in motor sports tend to occur at the strangest places and the strangest times. That was the case on Sunday in the Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
Persistent sprinkles interrupted the show almost from the 11 a.m. start,  pushing the finals to well past 8 p.m. But [...]

Professor Teaches A Lesson In Class
Saturday, Apr 18, 2009 – 16:49 | Comments Off
Professor Teaches  A Lesson In Class

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Commerce, Ga. – Some things haven’t changed very much in the 29 years that the NHRA has been hosting the Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
On Saturday afternoon, Arlene Johnson rode back and forth from her husband’s pits to the starting line on the same bicycle she had at the track [...]