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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

Minter: NASCAR, Questions Arrive In Arizona
Friday, Mar 2, 2012 – 15:56 | One Comment
Minter: NASCAR, Questions Arrive In Arizona

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
As the NASCAR guys and gals get to work at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend, those of us who make our livings on the other side of the wall have lots of work to do in figuring out just where things stand in the sport.
What are all the implications of [...]

Danica Says Wreck Was A Real Eye-Opener
Friday, Feb 24, 2012 – 11:07 | One Comment
Danica Says Wreck Was A Real Eye-Opener

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The hot breaking news out of Daytona International Speedway on the Friday morning after the Gatorade Duels is that Danica Patrick did not cover her eyes just before she slammed into the wall off Turn 2 in her Duel.
Patrick did allow that she closed her eyes [...]

Minter: A Day For The Underdogs To Howl
Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 – 20:21 | Comments Off
Minter: A Day For The Underdogs To Howl

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In a NASCAR world dominated by multi-car teams that suck up the high-profile drivers, mechanics and sponsors, it’s refreshing to have at least one day when the lesser-knowns get a share of the spotlight.
Defending Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne was among those racing their way into [...]

Earnhardt Jr. Won’t Just Be Along For The ‘Ride’
Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 – 8:07 | Comments Off
Earnhardt Jr. Won’t Just Be Along For The ‘Ride’

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – With NASCAR’s rules guaranteeing starting spots in the Daytona 500 to the top 35 teams in last year’s car owner points standings, there’s really not much reason for drivers to run hard in Thursday’s 150-mile Gatorade Duel qualifying races.
In fact, the way restrictor plate races of [...]

Stewart Nearing Earnhardt Mark – Unfortunately
Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012 – 16:50 | Comments Off
Stewart Nearing Earnhardt Mark – Unfortunately

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The count-up has begun in earnest for three-time and defending Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart, who is 0-for-13 in the sport’s biggest race, the Daytona 500.
Already the questioners in the media center at Daytona International Speedway are drawing comparisons to Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s streak of losses [...]

Is A Pack Mentality Returning To Plate Tracks?
Friday, Jan 13, 2012 – 18:19 | Comments Off
Is A Pack Mentality Returning To Plate Tracks?

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The big experiment continued on Friday at Daytona International Speedway as drivers took to the track in a relatively big pack for the first time under the current rules package, which includes a larger restrictor plate as of Friday morning.
Speeds were considerably faster than before, with Kurt Busch setting the early [...]

Carl Edwards Begins His Search For A New Edge
Friday, Jan 13, 2012 – 13:18 | Comments Off
Carl Edwards Begins His Search For A New Edge

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – When he took his turn answering questions from the media at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday, Carl Edwards seemed upbeat about 2012 despite his heart-breaking loss in the 2011 championship battle.
He said neither he nor crew chief Bob Osborne are second-guessing any of the decisions they [...]

Pairs Persist During First Day Of Testing At DIS
Thursday, Jan 12, 2012 – 19:10 | Comments Off
Pairs Persist During First Day Of Testing At DIS

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA Beach, Fla. –  The two-car tandem appears to be here to stay. Just minutes into the second test session on Thursday at Daytona International Speedway, drivers were running in pairs, testing the new rules to see just how, where and how long one driver can push another.
NASCAR’s rules changes [...]

Earnhardt Jr. Is Proud Of His Star-Making Role
Thursday, Jan 12, 2012 – 16:10 | Comments Off
Earnhardt Jr. Is Proud Of His Star-Making Role

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. is probably still a little young to be considering what will eventually be his legacy in NASCAR. But a big part of it undoubtedly will involve his role as a car owner who was passionate about giving young drivers a chance at stardom.
Earnhardt’s latest pick to drive his [...]

Minter: ‘Twister’ Driver Found Peace At The End
Friday, Dec 2, 2011 – 8:09 | Comments Off
Minter: ‘Twister’ Driver Found Peace At The End

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The phone call on Wednesday from Rocky Platt brought sad news. His father Huston Platt, the pioneering drag racer, had died at his Buford, Ga., home. He was 79 years old.
I’d heard of Huston Platt for years, but never actually talked to him until a few years ago, when Rocky [...]