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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

Malady A Mystery But Bayne Bouncing Back
Thursday, May 26, 2011 – 13:39 | One Comment
Malady A Mystery But Bayne Bouncing Back

By Rick Minter| Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Concord, N.C. – An upbeat Trevor Bayne said his doctors, even those at the Mayo Clinic, never diagnosed exactly what caused him to have double vision and inflammation, but he was sure that he was thankful for the “eye-opener” that came with having to sit out of
racing for several weeks.
He said [...]

Minter: People As Much Fun As Racing At Atlanta Dragway
Sunday, May 15, 2011 – 16:17 | Comments Off
Minter: People As Much Fun As Racing At Atlanta Dragway

Commerce, Ga. – After two days of rain, the third day of the 31st Summit Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway was picture perfect. The opening rounds in the Full Throttle professional classes produced some upsets in the early rounds and some high-profile match-ups in the finals.
But, as always, any trip to the races is more [...]

The Sarge Looks To Erase Two Skid Marks
Friday, May 13, 2011 – 16:45 | Comments Off
The Sarge Looks To Erase Two Skid Marks

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Commerce, Ga. – Top Fuel driver Tony Schumacher has won just about everything there is to win in his drag racing career. He has 67 race wins and seven championships and has won at about every track he’s ever competed on – except one.
He’s still winless at Atlanta Dragway.
“I’ve been [...]

Professor Says Student Was A Quick Study
Friday, May 13, 2011 – 12:01 | Comments Off
Professor Says Student Was A Quick Study

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Commerce, Ga. – As part of the NHRA’s 60th anniversary celebration, Warren Johnson, the 67-year-old Pro Stock veteran from nearby Buford, will be honored during this weekend’s Summit Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
But even before the festivities kicked off, Johnson received a great tribute from one of his fellow racers [...]

Minter: Tough To Tame But Easy To Remember
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 – 6:39 | Comments Off
Minter: Tough To Tame But Easy To Remember

It’s hard to get your mind on racing while the Southeast is trying to recover from killer tornados and the rest of the world is looking for every detail about the death of Osama Bin Laden, but here goes.
One of NASCAR’s better races of the season, a short track run at Richmond International Raceway, sets [...]

Minter: Top Drivers Not Putting Up Top Numbers
Friday, Apr 29, 2011 – 6:37 | Comments Off
Minter: Top Drivers Not Putting Up Top Numbers

A few random observations on a sunny morning in Georgia after a night of scary storms, one of which hit awfully close to Atlanta Motor Speedway, a track that was devastated by a tornado back in 2005.
The new rules that prevents drivers from competing for points in more than one division has put some new [...]

Another Class, Another Debate For Hall Of Fame
Saturday, Apr 23, 2011 – 7:46 | 4 Comments
Another Class, Another Debate For Hall Of Fame

With the announcement of the latest five nominees to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte comes the renewal of the debate over the wisdom of inducting just five people each year.
Much of the focus the past couple of years has been on who gets left out, focus that instead should be on the ones [...]

Plate Debate Rages On After Talladega
Sunday, Apr 17, 2011 – 17:11 | 3 Comments
Plate Debate Rages On After Talladega

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Talladega, Ala. – Two of the big debates in racing today involve how the competition today compares to what went on in the so-called good-old days and whether a great
finish is enough to make up for the rest of a race failing to live up to expectations.
Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 at [...]

Scary Weather Has Drivers Speeding For Shelter
Friday, Apr 15, 2011 – 17:09 | Comments Off
Scary Weather Has Drivers Speeding For Shelter

Talladega, Ala. – Friday’s media sessions at Talladega Superspeedway had the feel of one of those situations where you meet someone and can’t think of anything better to start the conversation with than to say: “What do you think about the weather?”
The weather was an issue as weather radar showed potentially dangerous storms approaching from [...]

Redman, White And Petty Blue Enter IMHOF
Friday, Apr 15, 2011 – 11:31 | Comments Off
Redman, White And Petty Blue Enter IMHOF

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Talladega, Ala. – On a morning with ominous clouds hanging over the speedway and weather bulletins and storm precautions being distributed in the media center at Talladega Superspeedway, there are still warm memories from last night’s induction ceremonies for the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, located on the main drive [...]