Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul: Stories of Courage, Speed and Overcoming Adversity


Chicken Soup for the Soul has teamed up with NASCAR to celebrate America's fastest growing sport with the release of Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul. Their collective efforts are sure to make this the next bestseller!

Michael Waltrip says, "Life is a team sport" and, indeed, auto racing is a metaphor for life. Everyone needs the support and love of their own pit crew to keep them on track and in winning form as they go through their own race ...

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Chicken Soup for the Soul has teamed up with NASCAR to celebrate America's fastest growing sport with the release of Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul. Their collective efforts are sure to make this the next bestseller!

Michael Waltrip says, "Life is a team sport" and, indeed, auto racing is a metaphor for life. Everyone needs the support and love of their own pit crew to keep them on track and in winning form as they go through their own race every day.

Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul features 101 great stories of speed, courage, dedication and overcoming adversity. Buckle up for the fastest moving Chicken Soup for the Soul book ever as many of the sports' biggest names, including Jeff Gordon and Bobby Labonte, take us inside the race car for one inspirational and uplifting story after another.

Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul will take the checkered flag when it hits bookshelves in the spring of 2003!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780757301001
  • Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/3/2003
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.55 (w) x 7.83 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield
Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, are professional speakers who have dedicated their lives to enhancing the personal and professional development of others.

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, are professional speakers who have dedicated their lives to enhancing the personal and professional development of others.

Matthew E. Adams is the coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Soul of America. He has extensive television, radio broadcasting and media experience, and is an accomplished public speaker.

Jeff Aubery is the coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Golfer's Soul, Chicken Soup for the Golfer's Soul: The Second Round and Chicken Soup for the Father's Soul. He is the owner and founder of Golf Sales West/Tornado Golf, the world's largest manufacturer of golf bags.

Kirk Autio is the president of Enviroquest International Corporation, a disaster recovery/demolition contracting company based in Santa Barbara, Calif., with satellite offices throughout the United States.


While Jack Canfield himself may not necessarily be a household name, it's very likely that you have heard of his famed Chicken Soup for the Soul series and nearly as likely that you have at least one of them sitting on your very own bookshelf! Having got his start as an inspirational speaker, Canfield's own story is nothing less than inspirational.

Jack Canfield had been traveling around delivering key note speeches and organizing workshops to help audiences build their self-esteem and maximize their potential when he had an in-flight brainstorm that changed his life. While flying home from a gig, Canfield realized that the very same advice he had been delivering during his in-person addresses could potentially form the basis of a book. Canfield used inspirational stories he'd gleaned over the years as the basis of his speeches, and he thought it would be a terrific idea to gather together 101 inspirational stories and anthologize them in a single volume. Upon returning home, Canfield approached friend and author Mark Victor Hansen about his concept. Hansen agreed it was a great idea, and the two men set about finding a publisher. Believe it or not, the mega-selling series was not an easy sell to publishers. "We were rejected by 123 publishers all told," Canfield told "The first time we went to New York, we visited with about a dozen publishers in a two day period with our agent, and nobody wanted it. They all said it was a stupid title, that nobody bought collections of short stories, that there was no edge -- no sex, no violence. Why would anyone read it?"

Canfield wisely practiced what he preached -- and persisted. Ultimately, he and Hansen sold the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book to a small press based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, called Health Communications. The rest, as they say, is history. There are currently 80 million copies of the Chicken Soup books in print, with subjects as varied as Chicken Soup For the Horse Lover's Soul and Chicken Soup For the Prisoner's Soul. Canfield and Hansen ranked as the top-selling authors of 1997 and are multiple New York Times bestsellers. Most important of all, the inspirational stories they have gathered in their many volumes have improved the lives of countless readers.

This year, expect to see Canfield's name gracing the covers of such titles as Chicken Soup For the Scrapbooker's Soul, Chicken Soup For the Mother and Son Soul, and Chicken Soup For the African American Woman's Soul. He and Hansen have also launched the all-new "Healthy Living" series and 8 titles in that series have already been released this year. There is also the fascinating You've GOT to Read This Book!, in which Canfield compiles personal accounts by 55 people each discussing a book that has changed his or her life. The most compelling of these may be the story of young entrepreneur Farrah Gray, who read Deepak Chopra's The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success at the age of 11 and made his first million dollars at the age of 14!

With no sign of slowing down, Canfield continues to be an inspiration to millions, who fortunately refused to give up when it seemed as though he would never even get his first book published. "Mark and I are big believers in perseverance," he said. "If you have a vision and a life purpose, and you believe in it, then you do not let external events tell you what is so. You follow your internal guidance and follow your bliss, as Joseph Campbell used to say."

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Canfield is the founder of two California based self-esteem programs, "Self-Esteem Seminars" in Santa Barbara and "The Foundation For Self Esteem" in Culver City.

Writing the first Chicken Soup book was a lot more daunting than Canfield expected. After the first three years of research, he and Mark Victor Hansen had only compiled 68 stories -- 33 tales shy of their goal of 101 stories.

Along with co-writing dozens of full-length books, Canfield also publishes a free biweekly newsletter called Success Strategies.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Canfield:

"My inspiration for writing comes from my passion for teaching others how to live more effective lives. I started out as a history teacher in an all-black inner city high school in Chicago, graduated to a teacher trainer, then psychotherapist, then trainer of therapists, then large group transformational trainer and then a writer and keynote speaker. All along the way, my desire was to make a difference, to help people live more fulfilling lives. That is what I still do today. Most people don't know this but I was not a good writer in college. I got a C in composition. Nobody would have ever believed I would grow up to be a bestselling author."

"I play guitar, and I am learning to play the piano. I love movies and some TV shows. My favorites are Six Feet Under, Grey's Anatomy, House and Lost. I love to play Scrabble, poker and backgammon with my in-laws, nieces and nephews. We really get into it. I love to travel. I have been to 25 countries and try to add two or three new ones every year."

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    1. Hometown:
      Santa Barbara, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 19, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fort Worth, Texas
    1. Education:
      B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973
    2. Website:

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Win One for Me, Daddy

The 1987 season was a tough year. Up to that point, I was at the top of the world of racing. I had won three NASCAR Winston Cup championships. I had won about seventy races in NASCAR Winston Cup and many poles. Racing had been very good to me. But in 1987, I was with a new team, and things weren't going very well. It had been expected that this new team would go gangbusters.

We were the dream team. I had the best backing from the Hendrick Motorsports Group, an excellent sponsorship, and the best engine builder in racing.

However, going into the last part of the season, we still had not won a race. This had not happened to me since I got my first NASCAR Winston Cup win in 1975. In addition to my not winning races, we found out that Stevie, my wife, was pregnant. All of this was emotionally tough for me. Stevie had three miscarriages previously, including one in 1986. She had never been able to carry a baby to full term, and I felt badly for her. I leaned on her so much. She is my best friend and had always been with me at every race.

Now she was not able to go to the track each weekend with me. That was difficult. Stevie has always been such a part of my life and my racing career. We had always gone to races together. I had not experienced life at the track without Stevie. I have been deeply in love with her since we met in high school back in Owensboro, Kentucky. She has stood by me with much encouragement through the ups and downs and boos and cheers of fans. She had set a new standard in racing by being a part of my race team on Sundays at a time when women were not allowed in the pits. It was tough on me to be racing without her there.

On September 17, we were blessed with our first child, Jessica Leigh. We were very excited! I had to leave to go on to the next race later that week. The race was at Martinsville, Virginia, where I had won several times before. But I had no expectations of winning this time. As the race progressed I really had no hope of winning, as I was a lap down with just twenty-five laps to go.
Dale Earnhardt was leading. When he stopped for fuel, I got back on the lead lap. Then a caution came out with about seven laps to go. On the restart, I was in third place behind Earnhardt and Terry Labonte. Both of these guys were previous champions and were tough, hard racers. There was no way I was going to get by them with just a few laps to go. They could make it very difficult to get around them. On the final lap in the final turns of 3 and 4, Terry had gotten up beside Dale and left just a little opening for me to pass both of them, beating them to the finish line. I won my first race of the year! It was much more special, though, than just being my first win of the season and my first victory with the new team. For earlier that Sunday morning, appearing from nowhere, I was surprised to find a little rosebud in the seat of my car with a note that said, "Win one for me, Daddy!" My first race of the season was sweetened by it occurring on the same day that I was first called

By Darrell Waltrip with Max Helton

Learning from Dylan

Riverhead Raceway, a NASCAR-sanctioned track, is a tight quarter-mile facility that runs up to six classes on any given Saturday. Those divisions are the Blunderbust, Charger, Late Model, Super Pro Truck, Figure Eight and Modified. The Modified division is the featured division. A demolition derby or other novelty attraction may be scheduled on any given night. In the summer of 2000, we (the local division of Racing 4 Kids Charities) decided to host a night at the races for a child and his or her family.

The child chosen was eight-year-old Dylan Hronec, who was brought to our attention by Henry "The Phantom" Cataldo and his crew chief Kenny Webber. Dylan has cerebral palsy. Webber was by trade a contractor, who met Dylan while working at Dylan's home, installing a handicapped ramp.
Webber had observed Dylan playing with a toy Matchbox race car, rolling it down the ramp.

After watching the boy play for a while, Kenny asked if Dylan was a race fan. An excited Dylan quickly answered "yes." After work, Webber relayed the story to his race team at the team's shop.

Soon after, Henry stopped by to meet Dylan at his home. Dylan proved to be a very friendly, intelligent, upbeat young man with a positive dis-position, despite the disability that life gave him.

When the day arrived, Dylan, along with his brother Gregg and his parents, met us outside the back spectator gate, where we proceeded inside the facility.Once inside, we found our seats behind the starter's stand by the start/finish line.

Dylan's family was provided with free admission, dinner, sou-venirs and munchies throughout the evening. Many drivers, crewmembers, car owners and track officials made the long trek from the pit area to the spectator area to greet Dylan and his fami-ly,
some giving him team T-shirts and autographed pictures.
During the week leading up to the races, several teams even had special messages for Dylan placed on their race cars.

During the evening, the track announcer, Bob Finan, came down from the press box to say hello to Dylan and his family. The announcer also asked Dylan to help with the NASCAR Modified Victory Lane presentation.

At one point, driver Kevin Metzger won the evening's Late Model feature race. During the Victory Lane ceremony, Kevin acknowledged Dylan over the track public- address system.
After he pulled his car out of Victory Lane and off the track, a track employee came up to where we were all sitting.

"Where's Dylan?" he asked.
After being pointed out, the track worker handed the win-ner's trophy to the stunned Dylan.

"Kevin Metzger asked me to give this to you," he told the happy and surprised youngster.

Later that evening, Chuck Steuer won the Modified feature.
Dylan was brought down on to the track, where he helped Bob Finan with the Victory Lane celebration.

"Congratulations!" Dylan said as he presented the trophy to Steuer. There were many photos taken of Dylan and Steuer in Victory Lane, as well as videos by track photographers.

Henry Cataldo, Kenny Webber, and other drivers and officials came onto the track unknown to Dylan, as he was busy with the celebrations.
When everyone was together, we called Dylan over to where we had gathered.

"Dylan," I said over the public-address system, "on behalf of Henry Cataldo, Kenny Webber, John Wellman of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Long Island, all of the drivers in the Modified division, the Riverhead Raceway officials, promoters Barbara and Jim Cromarty, and Racing 4 Kids, we'd like to present you with this helmet, which was signed by all of the Modified drivers who have been at Riverhead Raceway in the last three weeks."

The stunned youngster said "Thank you" as he stared at the helmet in disbelief, while thou-sands in attendance applauded. It was both heartwarming and surprising to watch the competitors, officials and Dylan's parents who were standing trackside, all with tears in their eyes. And there sat Dylan with an ear-to-ear grin, his head capped with his new auto-graphed helmet, holding the trophy that was given to him.

In the weeks following, we received a package from Dylan containing pictures, drawings and notes of appreciation from him and his family. My wife and I were left with a feeling of com-plete joy, knowing that Dylan was able to experience something so wonderful. We were trying to show Dylan that there were people out there who real-ly care, and who want to help.
But Dylan already knew that; the lesson was one that the rest of us learned.

Mike Fields

©2003. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Matthew E. Adams, Jeff Aubery, Kirk Autio. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street,
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2005


    I absolutely loved this book! Many of the stories in here are very touching, and quite a few made me want to cry. I reccomend this book to anybody, even if they know nothing about NASCAR.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2005


    I thought this was a wonderful book! My favorite was the story about Colton, the young boy who is going blind- who was befriended by Jeff Gordon. All the stories are so great!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2004

    Fantastic NASCAR Book!!!

    I am also a NASCAR fan and a Christian. I found this book to be awesome! The stories were insightful and gave a perspective that we very rarely get a chance to see directly from the NASCAR drivers. I bought my book on this site and came back to give a review only to notice the last 'reviewer' gave it a one star (compared to all the other five stars). My review is a strong FIVE STAR. Anyone that believes that this isn't the best NASCAR book they ever read only needs to read 'True Heroes' by Bobby Labonte (page 202) to realize just how special this book really is. Great job, I cannot wait for the next edition. Now I know why this book is the best-selling NASCAR book of all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2004

    One word: DULL

    As an avid fan of both NASCAR and the Chicken Soup series I was eager to read this book. Unfortunately it never came close to hitting the mark. Many of the stories were repetative, and just plain dull, and I found nothing enlightening here at all. I would not recommend this book. A dull disappointment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2003

    A Must for all NASCAR Fans

    'Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul' is a must book to own for all NASCAR fans!!!! Stories are told by the drivers, TV Reporters, and Fans. The stories will touch you in many different ways. A must have book!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2003

    Amazing Book

    This book is simply...amazing. It touches the heart, touches the soul, and makes you laugh and cry. I highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2003

    Worth Waiting For!

    What a totally amazing book and one that will leave you both laughing and crying!!! A true 'must have' for any NASCAR fan. I put aside one afternoon and read this from cover to cover and plan on reading again! I especially loved the chapter on the Dating Contract for NASCAR relationships! I have it printed and posted in my office! LOL

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2003

    Great Book!

    This book is a MUST for any NASCAR fan or anyone that just likes inspirational stories. The book will make you laugh and cry and just plain make you proud to be a NASCAR fan. There are stories from today's drivers and yesterday's drivers, from sport's writers and from fan's whose lives have been touched in a special way by the NASCAR sport. You won't be disappointed if you purchase this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2003


    I am a huge fan of NASCAR. It's the only sport that opens with a prayer and takes Mother's Day and Easter off. These guys are for real....they have to earn their money every weekend and risk their lives doing it. Chicken Soup confirms all that to me. They are extraordinary athletes with a lot of heart and faith.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2003

    Great Book

    This book is the perfect gift for any nascar fan. There are many different authors that have written their little tidbits on racing from the drivers, to commentators and the fans. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2003

    Chicken Soup Delicacy

    After awakening a 3am, I have been entertaining myself with the inspiring and uplifting articles in the NASCAR Chicken Soup delicacy. I have never been quite so pleased and proud to be a crazy supporter of such a grand and glorious group of human beings. These articles are not only entertaining and inspirational, they reflect the values the American people are known and loved for. These are truly members of an elite and caring group of individuals.

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