All Around the Track: Oral Histories of Drivers, Mechanics, Officials, Owners, Journalists and Others in Motorsports Past and Present

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From authors Anne Jones and former NASCAR champion Rex White, here are oral histories of over 50 individuals from stock car and drag racing's not-so-distant past and present. Rich with original interviews and previously unpublished material, it includes drivers such as David Pearson, Junior Johnson, Bobby Allison, Bob Glidden and Hubert Platt; mechanics and builders; track crew; sportswriters; and owners such as Joe and J.D. Gibbs. Features many photographs and a foreword by Atlanta Motor Speedway President Ed ...
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Overview

From authors Anne Jones and former NASCAR champion Rex White, here are oral histories of over 50 individuals from stock car and drag racing's not-so-distant past and present. Rich with original interviews and previously unpublished material, it includes drivers such as David Pearson, Junior Johnson, Bobby Allison, Bob Glidden and Hubert Platt; mechanics and builders; track crew; sportswriters; and owners such as Joe and J.D. Gibbs. Features many photographs and a foreword by Atlanta Motor Speedway President Ed Clark.
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Adult/High School -Before it was the second largest spectator sport in America-and before it was a billion-dollar industry-stock-car racing was an outlaw sport populated by men who had learned to drive by moving moonshine from the country to the city, outrunning the cops. In 1947, Bill France called a meeting of drivers, owners, and mechanics, and NASCAR was born. There is no comprehensive history of the early days of NASCAR; much of it was lost because it was not recorded. The authors attempt to rectify that by gathering oral histories from 58 people who influenced the development of the sport. There are funny memories and poignant accounts of loss and struggle. This book will be popular with NASCAR fans and will introduce readers to people beyond the Pettys and the Earnhardts.-Mary Ann Harlan, Arcata High School, CA

Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786429882
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/25/2007
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Writer Anne B. Jones lives in Jackson, Georgia. Her articles have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines. Rex White makes numerous NASCAR-related appearances today and has appeared in recent radio, newspaper, and television interviews, as well as national motorsports magazines. They are also the authors of Gold Thunder: Autobiography of a NASCAR Champion (2005).

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Foreword   Ed Clark     1
Preface     3
Introduction     7
Raymond Parks: Beginning with Liquor Cars     9
Chris Economaki: Editor and Publisher Emeritus of National Speed Sport News     14
Ed Samples: Early Racing Champion     19
Frankie Schneider: The Old Dutch Master     24
Julius Timothy "Tim" Flock: Grease Monkey on His Back     29
Charlie Bagwell: Good Time Charlie, "The Levi King"     32
Gober Sosebee: Georgia's "Wild Injun"     36
T. Taylor Warren: Picture This!     39
Roby Combs: Pioneer NASCAR Flagman     44
Frank Mundy: Hell Driver     47
Louis Jerome "Red" Vogt: Pioneer Master Mechanic     51
Joe and Juanita Epton: A NASCAR Tradition     55
Morris Metcalfe: NASCAR Scorer     59
Ray Fox: Master Mechanic and Car Builder     61
Rex White: Flat-Out and Belly to the Ground     64
Louis and Crawford Clements: Crackerjack Racing Mechanics     69
Charles "Slick" Owens: From the "Golden Glove" to the "Golden Lug Wrench"     73
Hubert Platt: Dragster Showman of the South     77
Robert Glenn "Junior" Johnson: Win, Wreck or Blow     81
Bobby and Socrates "Shorty" Johns: Racing's Premier Father-Son Team     84
Phillip "Pee Wee" Jones: King of the Carolina Piedmont     87
"Tiger" Tom Pistone: Racing's Little Giant     89
Marvin Panch: West Coast Marvel     92
Bettie Panch: Racing's Family Advocate     98
Benny Parsons: Stormtrooper from the North     101
Everett "Cotton" Owens: King of the Modifieds     103
Johnny Allen: Addicted to Speed     108
James Hylton: Standing on Principle Pursuing His Dream     113
W. C. "Junie" Donlavey: Racing's Angel     120
Dewayne "Tiny" Lund: From the Cornfields to Talladega     124
Charlie Glotzbach: "Chargin' Charlie"     128
Jim Bray: Determined Canadian     130
David Pearson: The Cunning Silver Fox     134
Ronnie "Papa" Sanders: Master of Short Tracks     138
Morris Stephenson: Pioneer Racing Reporter-Promoter     142
Linda Vaughn: Elegant Entrepreneur     146
Harry Gant: "Mr. September"     149
Robert Arthur "Bobby" Allison: Leader of the "Alabama Gang"     153
Dave Marcis: The Wingtip Wizard     157
Bob Glidden: Dragstrip Champion     162
Bill Chubbuck: Collector, Wrestler, Racer and Fan      165
The Rev. Frank Stark: "Will You Win the Real Race?"     169
Mike Bell: Living and Breathing Racing History     175
Mike Sykes: Old Timers' Racing Club Founder     179
Betty Carlan: First Lady of Talladega     184
Larry Jendras: Maryland Racing Historian     187
Suzanne Wise: Librarian, Stock Car Racing Collection Archives, Appalachian State University     192
Gerald Hodges: Fan and Racing Reporter     195
Harlow Reynolds: Sports Enthusiast Extraordinaire     199
Greg Zyla: Journalist, Publisher, Racer and Broadcaster     202
Rick Minter: Sportswriter     206
"Captain Herb" Emory: WSB Radio Racing Talk Show Host and Traffic Reporter     211
Chris Siebert: Bandolero Bandit     216
Joey Logano: Fast Track to Fame     219
Joe Gibbs and J.D. Gibbs: A Racing Legacy     222
Chris Dilbeck: Young and Restless     225
The Greshams: Racing Is a Family Affair     229
Atlanta Motor Speedway President Ed Clark: The Other Side of the Tracks     232
Index     237
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