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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

Records Gone With The Wind In Atlanta
Friday, Apr 17, 2009 – 20:25 | Comments Off
Records Gone With The Wind In Atlanta

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Commerce, Ga. – The weather conditions on Friday at Atlanta Dragway were a drag racer’s dream – cool temperatures, low humidity and unusually high barometric pressure.
That added up to some shattered track records for the Pro Stock divisions during the opening rounds of qualifying for Sunday’s Summit Southern Nationals.
The nitro [...]

Ashley and Junior Have A Lot In Common
Friday, Apr 17, 2009 – 13:35 | 2 Comments
Ashley and Junior Have A Lot In Common

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Commerce, Ga. –  If there have ever been two race drivers who really understand what the other is going through, it’s Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Ashley Force Hood. Although they race in different series, both know the pressures and expectations that come from having fathers who are icons in their [...]

Schu Shines: His Drivers Are Dominating NHRA
Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 – 17:50 | Comments Off
Schu Shines: His Drivers Are Dominating NHRA

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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 In all forms of motorsports today, multi-car teams have a distinct advantage. It’s true in NASCAR, as Rick Hendrick, Jack Roush, Joe Gibbs, Richard Childress and others have shown.
 But compared to the NHRA’s Don Schumacher, Hendrick and his NASCAR buddies are in a slump.
Heading into this weekend’s NHRA Southern Nationals [...]

It’s McDowell’s Nationwide Career That Is Rolling Now
Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 – 15:22 | One Comment
It’s McDowell’s Nationwide Career That Is Rolling Now

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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It was a scene that would make even the most cynical person feel good about the sport of NASCAR racing. Michael McDowell, who lost his Sprint Cup ride last year and is running a partial Nationwide Series schedule this year, had just rolled to a stop after putting his No. [...]

Big-Time Rookie Now Has No Full-Time Ride
Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 – 16:50 | 3 Comments
Big-Time Rookie Now Has No Full-Time Ride

 
By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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The NASCAR world moves at a rapid pace, on and off the track. Today’s heroes can quickly become tomorrow’s zeroes. The focus moves from one issue to the next, with seemingly minor incidents getting major play at times.
Oftentimes, fans and the media find themselves about a week behind the curve [...]

Earnhardt Says Jimmy Means Meant a Lot To Him
Sunday, Apr 12, 2009 – 20:51 | 9 Comments
Earnhardt Says Jimmy Means Meant a Lot To Him

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Gladeville, Tn. – NASCAR’s biggest star and the people of Huntsville, Ala., have something in common these days. They both recognize Huntsville resident Jimmy Means as a true American hero.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. for years has been vocal and enthusiastic in his support of Means, a journeyman driver in the series [...]

Minter: Road To Nashville Lined With Memories
Sunday, Apr 12, 2009 – 20:45 | Comments Off
Minter: Road To Nashville Lined With Memories

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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For reasons that no one can fully explain, Nashville Superspeedway, one of the finest facilities in motorsports, struggles to attract paying customers. Saturday’s 300-miler was no exception.
But if everyone’s Nashville memories were as cherished as mine, the grandstands would be overflowing.
On two occasions in the past, I’ve chosen Nashville races [...]

Nemechek Takes A Costly Tumble
Saturday, Apr 11, 2009 – 20:22 | 8 Comments
Nemechek Takes A Costly Tumble

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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GLADEVILLE, Tn. – As a driver/owner with limited sponsorship in NASCAR’s Nationwide and Sprint Cup series, Joe Nemechek has to watch every dollar that’s spent.
On Lap 216 of Saturday’s Nationwide 300 at Nashville Superspeedway, he saw about 60,000 of them go up in a big cloud of dust and smoke. [...]

Scott Wimmer Shifts Into Survival Mode
Thursday, Apr 9, 2009 – 8:52 | One Comment
Scott Wimmer Shifts Into Survival Mode

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Fame and good fortune can be fleeting things, especially in racing. Scott Wimmer knows all about that. He’s shown flashes of brilliance behind the wheel in NASCAR’s top divisions, but he can’t seem to capitalize on them.
It’s been that way for years. In the fall of 2000, Wimmer came to [...]

Daytona Survivor Sheltra Is Driving Again
Thursday, Apr 9, 2009 – 8:50 | One Comment
Daytona Survivor Sheltra Is Driving Again

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Some comeback stories are almost too good to be true. Patrick Sheltra’s falls in to that category.
His saga begins at Daytona International Speedway back in February, where he competed in the 200-mile ARCA race.
ARCA races at Daytona can be risky ventures as relatively inexperienced drivers take on one the fastest [...]