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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

Bill Elliott’s Son Fast Tracking At Age 13
Thursday, Apr 2, 2009 – 14:35 | 4 Comments
Bill Elliott’s Son Fast Tracking At Age 13

 
By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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 The voice on the phone was strong and clear, confident yet pleasant and conversational. It was hard to imagine it coming from a 13-year-old seventh grader.
 “Hi, this is Chase Elliott,” he said. “I hear you want to interview me.”
 Elliott, the son of Sprint Cup driver Bill Elliott, has gotten lots [...]

Ownership Tempering Stewart – So Far
Wednesday, Apr 1, 2009 – 13:30 | Comments Off
Ownership Tempering Stewart – So Far

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The fireworks that some folks expected from Tony Stewart this season have fizzled like a wet sparkler. Six races into his first Sprint Cup season as both driver and car owner, Stewart is sailing along free of controversy, even without a strong boss to ride herd on him.
Granted there haven’t [...]

Wood Brothers Seeking Success with Hyder
Tuesday, Mar 31, 2009 – 17:38 | 3 Comments
Wood Brothers Seeking Success with Hyder

 
By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
If race fans think it’s good for the Wood Brothers Racing team to still be a viable entity after 59 years in the sport, one of the first people to thank is the Woods’ current crew chief, David Hyder.
 Hyder, who drove his own short track cars before injuries at Myrtle [...]

Harvick Wins Delayed Trucks Race
Monday, Mar 30, 2009 – 12:25 | Comments Off
Harvick Wins Delayed Trucks Race

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
For the second week in a row, Kevin Harvick wore two hats to a NASCAR Victory Lane.
Monday, week and a couple days after winning a Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway in a Kevin Harvick Inc. entry, he was back on winner’s turf at Martinsville Speedway in a No. [...]

Johnson Bumps Way to Martinsville Win
Monday, Mar 30, 2009 – 6:35 | Comments Off
Johnson Bumps Way to Martinsville Win

 
By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 provided some quick relief for race fans looking for some old-fashioned slam-bang racing.
Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin put on a short-track racing clinic in the closing stages of the race, with Hamlin first taking the lead from Johnson with a bold move into turn [...]

Goody’s Can Be A Pain For Drivers
Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 – 16:50 | One Comment
Goody’s Can Be A Pain For Drivers

   
(Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – The Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway may not seem like a physically demanding race, given the relative shortness of the half-mile oval, but there well could be several drivers seeking some of the title sponsor’s products after 500 laps.
 “It’s a [...]

Busch Brothers’ Act Is Boffo
Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 – 20:15 | One Comment
Busch Brothers’ Act Is Boffo

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Martinsville, Va. – Kyle Busch was mature, friendly, engaging and cooperative Friday morning as he made his weekly appearance in front of the NASCAR media.
His performance behind the microphone wasn’t surprising, even given his past behavior in similar situations. In fact, Kevin Harvick, once one of the more vocal critics [...]

On The Track: Rick Minter
Friday, Mar 27, 2009 – 21:55 | Comments Off
On The Track: Rick Minter

 

Rain Makes Gordon An Unqualified Success
Friday, Mar 27, 2009 – 16:19 | Comments Off
Rain Makes Gordon An Unqualified Success

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Martinsville, Va. – Jeff Gordon’s good Martinsville Speedway fortunes continued Friday as he inherited the pole for Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 after rain washed out qualifying.
The line-up for Sunday was set according to the NASCAR rule book, with positions being allotted according to car-owner points and qualifying attempts.
Gordon, [...]

Martinsville: Small Track, Big Tradition
Friday, Mar 27, 2009 – 0:29 | One Comment
Martinsville: Small Track, Big Tradition

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – When it comes to NASCAR tradition, there’s no place like Martinsville Speedway, which is hosting NASCAR’s Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series races this weekend.
Like Bristol Motor Speedway, the other half-miler on the Sprint Cup circuit, the garage is a crowded place on Friday morning. The [...]