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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

Bowyer Survives To Get Victory At Talladega
Sunday, Oct 23, 2011 – 16:57 | One Comment
Bowyer Survives To Get Victory At Talladega

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
TALLADEGA, Ala. – The numbers said it all. Clint Bowyer, driving the No. 33 Chevrolet with a special 100th anniversary of Chevrolet paint scheme won the Good Sam Club 500, giving his car owner Richard Childress his 100th Sprint Cup win.
And in a race that featured drivers pairing up in [...]

Minter: Memory Lane Leads To Talladega
Sunday, Oct 23, 2011 – 12:32 | Comments Off
Minter: Memory Lane Leads To Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Sometimes it seems like there’s nothing that gets the memories flowing more than a Sunday morning drive. The early morning trip to Talladega Superspeedway from my home in Georgia was a breeze, with little to no traffic on I-20 or even on Speedway Boulevard. It might be a bad sign for
the crowd [...]

Wood Brothers Putting The Past On Display
Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 – 14:29 | Comments Off
Wood Brothers Putting The Past On Display

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Concord, N.C. – Three generations of Wood Brothers have combined to spend the past 62 years running a race team, but lately they’ve turned into museum curators.
With team founder Glen Wood being selected for the NASCAR Hall of Fame the second generation of the family – Glen’s children Eddie, Len [...]

Minter: A Tale Of Two Top Georgia Race Tracks
Saturday, Oct 1, 2011 – 18:33 | Comments Off
Minter: A Tale Of Two Top Georgia Race Tracks

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The two race tracks across from each other on Georgia Highway 53  – Road Atlanta and Lanier National Raceway  – have combined to produce some great NASCAR drama and great memories from years ago as well as from hours ago.
Today, Lanier’s grounds are serving as a [...]

Minter: Hope Sprung A Leak At Atlanta Cup Track
Tuesday, Sep 6, 2011 – 9:48 | Comments Off
Minter: Hope Sprung A Leak At Atlanta Cup Track

HAMPTON, Ga. – If the story of the 2011 Labor Day weekend races at Atlanta Motor Speedway was a fishing tale, it would be about the big one that got away.
Down to just one Sprint Cup race a year for the first time since the track opened in 1960, speedway officials pulled out all the [...]

Minter: Keselowski Has A Throwback Demeanor
Monday, Sep 5, 2011 – 10:09 | Comments Off
Minter: Keselowski Has A Throwback Demeanor

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
HAMPTON, Ga. – Last week at Bristol Motor Speedway I had the chance to spend some time visiting with two-time Sprint Cup champion Terry Labonte.
Among the things that struck me about that chance meeting was how young and fit Labonte seemed, even though his hair was grayer and his race [...]

Minter: The Answer To Top Questions Is – Tires
Sunday, Sep 4, 2011 – 7:12 | 2 Comments
Minter: The Answer To Top Questions Is – Tires

HAMPTON, Ga. – Somewhere deep down, there’s always a reasonable explanation for events that seem to defy logic.
For instance, why have there been five first-time winners in the Sprint Cup Series and so many races decided by pit strategy and fuel mileage?
According to Denny Hamlin, the answer to that question, like many others in the [...]

Minter: Drivers Pick ‘Things’ Over Their President
Saturday, Sep 3, 2011 – 14:36 | 9 Comments
Minter: Drivers Pick ‘Things’ Over Their President

HAMPTON, Ga. – The hot topic in the media center at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday wasn’t the Chase, or the Sprint Summer Showdown or Dale Jr.’s new contract or the latest sponsor move.
It was the decision by four drivers to decline invitations to meet President Obama at the White House next week.
The event is [...]

Riggs Keeps Swinging Away At His Dreams
Friday, Aug 26, 2011 – 13:38 | 3 Comments
Riggs Keeps Swinging Away At His Dreams

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn.  – It seems just a short while ago that Scott Riggs was one of the promising young prospects in the Sprint Cup garage. In 2001, he won five truck series races then moved to the Nationwide Series where he won four times in the next two seasons. From [...]

Drivers Speed To Defense Of ‘New’ Bristol
Friday, Aug 26, 2011 – 7:03 | Comments Off
Drivers Speed To Defense Of ‘New’ Bristol

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The folks that run Bristol Motor Speedway are probably a little glad to see the timing of the official Danica Patrick-to-NASCAR announcement.
That ought to shuffle to the back burner some of the debate in the media over whether the changes to the Bristol track back in 2007 [...]