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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

The Champ Was Right To Plead For Transparency
Thursday, Apr 7, 2011 – 9:02 | Comments Off
The Champ Was Right To Plead For Transparency

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
As the NASCAR circuit gets to work today at Texas Motor Speedway it’ll be interesting to see whether the pit-road-speeding issue dies down or gains steam and produces a positive result for drivers, fans and the media.
In the closing laps at Martinsville last week, the five-time and defending Sprint Cup [...]

Youth Movement Could Power NASCAR’s Future
Tuesday, Apr 5, 2011 – 14:15 | One Comment
Youth Movement Could Power NASCAR’s Future

Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
There were several positive signs for the future of NASCAR last weekend, and two of them came even before Dale Earnhardt Jr. showed at Martinsville that he might have some winning left in him.
Over at Stuart, Va., on Friday night, the Wood Brothers scheduled an event at their old shop to [...]

Minter: Gordon Talks Numbers, Family And Future
Friday, Apr 1, 2011 – 7:00 | 7 Comments
Minter: Gordon Talks Numbers, Family And Future

Bristol, Tenn. – It had been about a year since I’d had a one-on-one interview with Jeff Gordon, so back at Daytona I asked his publicist Jon Edwards if he’d put me on Jeff’s calendar for Bristol.
In a Sprint Cup world where publicists don’t exactly jump when an interview request comes in, this transaction was [...]

Minter: Credible Information Gap Is Getting Bigger
Wednesday, Mar 23, 2011 – 15:11 | 4 Comments
Minter: Credible Information Gap Is Getting Bigger

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I read on the Internet yesterday that National Speed Sport News was ceasing publication. I guess I’m just like most everybody else these days. I get my racing news online for free, but I also wonder when the point will come where those who gather the racing news just can’t [...]

Minter: Empty Bristol Seats Signal A Cultural Shift
Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 – 6:59 | 6 Comments
Minter: Empty Bristol Seats Signal A Cultural Shift

People in and around NASCAR have spent a good bit of the past few days pondering the stunning number of empty seats at Bristol Motor Speedway.
My first hint about the situation came on the trip into Bristol.  In the past, the road was full of campers of all sizes and conditions. Pickup trucks loaded for [...]

Racing, Wrecking A Hot Topic At New Bristol
Saturday, Mar 19, 2011 – 7:00 | 2 Comments
Racing, Wrecking A Hot Topic At New Bristol

Bristol, Tenn. – One of the subjects being debated on Friday morning at Bristol Motor Speedway is how the racing on the reconfigured race track and its progressive banking compares to what went on before the 2007 facelift.
The bottom-line question seems to be whether the objective is racing or wrecking. Some say the end of [...]

Edwards Continues To Sizzle
Friday, Mar 18, 2011 – 15:37 | One Comment
Edwards Continues To Sizzle

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Bristol, Tenn. – Las Vegas winner Carl Edwards continued his recent hot streak, leading every practice session in which he participated and capping it off by winning the pole for Sunday’s Jeff Byrd 500 Presented by Food City at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Edwards ran a lap at 128.014 miles per hour [...]

Minter: In Search Of The Next Trevor Bayne
Saturday, Mar 12, 2011 – 10:59 | 5 Comments
Minter: In Search Of The Next Trevor Bayne

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Among the many good things that have come from Trevor Bayne’s victory in the Daytona 500 is its fueling of the discussion about who will be the sport’s next Trevor Bayne, the next little-known driver to rise to prominence.
For racing insiders, Bayne was anything but little- known before he drove [...]

Minter: Pointlessness Of System Is Pointed Out
Friday, Mar 4, 2011 – 8:14 | 2 Comments
Minter: Pointlessness Of System Is Pointed Out

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
A few observations as the Sprint Cup circuit heads to Las Vegas for the third points race of the year:
First off, as some of my colleagues have been pointing out, it took six races for a winner to actually earn some points. All three winners at Daytona were pointless since [...]

Minter: Points Don’t Always Add Up To Excitement
Saturday, Feb 26, 2011 – 8:23 | 2 Comments
Minter: Points Don’t Always Add Up To Excitement

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
A Speedweeks that will go down as one of the most memorable in history provided great drama in all three major NASCAR races, and it wasn’t the manufactured kind, it just happened.
Michael Waltrip won Friday’s truck race, on the 10th anniversary of his breakthrough Cup victory, which came on the [...]