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Awesome Bill from Dawsonville: Looking Back on a Life in NASCAR

Awesome Bill from Dawsonville: Looking Back on a Life in NASCAR

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by Bill Elliott, Chris Millard
     
 

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In this long-awaited autobiography, the legendary Bill Elliott details his childhood in rural North Georgia, building cars from scratch, struggling on the anonymous small-time tracks of the South to his against-the-odds rise to the pinnacle of NASCAR stardom: Winston Cup Champion.

From Daytona to Talladega, from Bristol to Sonoma, ride shoulder to shoulder

Overview

In this long-awaited autobiography, the legendary Bill Elliott details his childhood in rural North Georgia, building cars from scratch, struggling on the anonymous small-time tracks of the South to his against-the-odds rise to the pinnacle of NASCAR stardom: Winston Cup Champion.

From Daytona to Talladega, from Bristol to Sonoma, ride shoulder to shoulder with Elliott as he battles Dale Earnhardt, Darrell Waltrip, Ricky Rudd, Rusty Wallace, and Alan Kulwicki for NASCAR's ultimate prize. Through Elliott's eyes we meet the colorful cast of old-school characters who built NASCAR: Cale Yarborough, Junior Johnson, the Allisons, Carl Kiekhaefer, and, of course, the France family. We join Bill in the car (and under it) as he sets the all-time record for the fastest official speed ever recorded in a stock car (a record he still holds today).

Learn the secret—revealed for the first time—behind the Elliott family's unquestioned mastery of the sport's super speedways. Watch NASCAR grow from a southern diversion into a national phenomenon, and see Bill Elliott grow with it, ultimately becoming one of the sport's most popular heroes. In 1985 Elliott captured the inaugural Winston Million and became the first NASCAR driver ever to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Three years later he captured the Winston Cup Championship. He went on to be voted NASCAR Driver of the Decade for the 1980s by NASCAR fans. He was also voted Most Popular Driver sixteen times.

Elliott also shares his thoughts on the dark side of the racing life: the stresses it can place on relationships, the ever-present physical risks, and the weight of fame. He addresses the racing-related deaths of competitors and friends. He is candid and critical in discussing the intense rivalry between him and the late Dale Earnhardt, and he sheds new light on their storied relationship as well as on Earnhardt's shocking death. Elliott discusses the future of NASCAR with critiques of its management and restrictor plates, and he takes on the controversial issues of track and driver safety.

A window into the compelling personality of Bill Elliott, as well as a primer on the ascent of America's fastestgrowing sport, this is the definitive insider's view of the rising NASCAR nation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061738494
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
903,930
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Bill Elliott and his wife, Cindy, split their time between Georgia and Colorado.


Chris Millard has authored and coauthored several books, including Golf's 100 Toughest Holes and Nicklaus by Design. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Awesome Bill from Dawsonville: My Life in NASCAR 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
NASCAR-Fan More than 1 year ago
This book will give you a little idea of what Bill and his family did in the 80's to be successful in NASCAR. It is written just like you were sitting in Bill's living room and listening to him talk about his racing career.
Ente More than 1 year ago
The book "Awsome Bill from Dawsonville-My life in NASCAR"is a super-impressive and great book,regardless if you are a NASCAR/Motorracing-Fan or not. As in Europe the Formula 1-Guys are regarded as one of the most impressive motorracing-personalities, for me it's NASCAR;unfortunately books about NASCAR/Racing in America are nearly impossible to get in Europe,so I am extremely happy when travelling to America to find always a Barnes & Noble-Store close to my hotel with a great selection of motorracing/NASCAR-Books in their romantic-styled showrooms,and I highly recommend this phantastic book of Chris Millard & Bill Elliott!
Guest More than 1 year ago
hightly recommend,like nascar or not, you will enjoy this book. its g rated for family reading,sad and happy at the same time,i didnt want to put it down. a real insight into some drivers lives including bills.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bill Elliott, voted most popular driver 14 times (til he pulled his hat from the voting), provides a behind the scenes of the 'do-no-wrong' Nascar dynasty, down-to-earth portrayals of the drivers of the 70's, 80's, and 90's, in a tell-all autobiography. Describes the infamous 'Pass in the Grass' by the late Dale Earnhardt, safety problems that have plagued Nascar, restrictor plates, Tim Richmond, and all of the other headlines of yesteryear. Awesome book from an awesome driver... hope Mark, Terry, Rusty, and others provide insight like this!