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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: Bayne Appears To Be A Genuine Article
Thursday, Feb 24, 2011 – 6:00 | One Comment
Minter: Bayne Appears To Be A Genuine Article

Among the enjoyable things for a reporter to do at a short track is trying to pick out the drivers with the potential to move on to bigger and better things.
Back in 2007, at Peach State Speedway in Jefferson, Ga., the track now known as Gresham Motorsports Park, a 16-year-old kid was in the grandstands [...]

Minter: The No. 21 Car Back Where It Belongs
Monday, Feb 21, 2011 – 9:08 | One Comment
Minter: The No. 21 Car Back Where It Belongs

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Way back in the day, before I ever even had a driver’s license, I went to numerous NASCAR races in the Southeast with some of the most loyal Ford fans you’d ever want to meet.
Brothers Wesley and Weldon Stubbs were the kind of people who truly would rather have pushed [...]

Minter: Ah, The Smell Of Bondo In A NASCAR Garage
Saturday, Feb 19, 2011 – 8:30 | One Comment
Minter: Ah, The Smell Of Bondo In A NASCAR Garage

Daytona Beach, Fla. – A few random observations from a Friday at Daytona International Speedway.
First, it was refreshing to walk through the garage and get a whiff of fresh Bondo being applied to a race car. Donnie Wingo and the crew of Trevor Bayne’s No. 21 Ford were in the far end of the second [...]

Friends-And-Family Plan Put Big Bro Into The 500
Friday, Feb 18, 2011 – 10:09 | Comments Off
Friends-And-Family Plan Put Big Bro Into The 500

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Daytona Beach, Fla. – After all the lead changes, two-car drafts, possible rules changes and everything else that went on at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday, the coolest story turned out to be one of brotherly love; or at least brotherly drafting.
Brad Keselowski pushed his older brother Brian to a [...]

Swap ‘Til You Drop Will Be Key Strategy In The 500
Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 – 17:55 | Comments Off
Swap ‘Til You Drop Will Be Key Strategy In The 500

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Daytona Beach, Fla. – The two-car tango is still dominating the debate at Daytona, and now after Thursday’s Gatorade Duels, there’s a new term and a new strategy to study.
Veteran Bill Elliott, in the media center after racing his way into the 500 – even though he could have gotten [...]

Harvick Now Comfortable With His Black Past
Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 – 7:24 | Comments Off
Harvick Now Comfortable With His Black Past

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Several years back, when I had a racing job that included a salary and benefits package, I drove up to Kernersville, N.C., to do a story about Kevin Harvick and his Kevin Harvick Inc. operation.
The story line I intended to pursue was how he, in many ways, was quite similar [...]

Minter: What In The Heck Was That At Daytona Saturday Night?
Sunday, Feb 13, 2011 – 9:40 | 14 Comments
Minter: What In The Heck Was That At Daytona Saturday Night?

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
After a few hours to sort out and think through the events of Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway, I think I prefer potholes.
Unlike those I’ve read who thought the Budweiser Shootout was a great race, I find myself looking forward to Bristol or Martinsville, or even to the Saturday [...]

Minter: This Could Be The Year The Kid Mans Up
Thursday, Feb 10, 2011 – 7:54 | One Comment
Minter: This Could Be The Year The Kid Mans Up

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
When Joey Logano first came on the racing scene that was my old newspaper beat, he was a pint-sized racer with a papa who had deep enough pockets to buy him the best of everything.
Little Joey had the best equipment, but he also had a natural knack for knowing what [...]

Woods Make This A Year To Remember Pearson
Sunday, Feb 6, 2011 – 8:04 | 3 Comments
Woods Make This A Year To Remember Pearson

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Among the things that NASCAR’s long time audience can look forward to in the 2011 season is having David Pearson back in the limelight.
Pearson is being inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame this year, and the Wood Brothers, whosecar he once drove, are honoring his induction by dedicating their [...]

Minter: Winning Comes Up Losing In New System
Sunday, Jan 30, 2011 – 8:42 | 3 Comments
Minter: Winning Comes Up Losing In New System

After a few days to ponder NASCAR’s new points system, the one thing that stands out is that consistency still means much more than race wins.
The 43-1 system seems to punish drivers for poor performances more than the old system. In the past the last-place driver got 34 points, compared to 195 for the winner, [...]