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The Daytona 500: The Thrill and Thunder of the Great American Race
     

The Daytona 500: The Thrill and Thunder of the Great American Race

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by Nancy Roe Pimm
 

Who won the first Daytona 500?

What do teams do to prepare their cars for 500 miles of hard, high-speed racing?

Who gave the Daytona 500 the nickname the "Great American Race"? Learn all about stock car racing's biggest event and the drivers and crew who make it possible in this fascinating, fact-filled book. You will join in the excitement of

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Who won the first Daytona 500?

What do teams do to prepare their cars for 500 miles of hard, high-speed racing?

Who gave the Daytona 500 the nickname the "Great American Race"? Learn all about stock car racing's biggest event and the drivers and crew who make it possible in this fascinating, fact-filled book. You will join in the excitement of forty-three cars running nose-to-tail and side-by-side at almost 200 miles per hour. You'll also discover the rich history of stock car racing and find out why it's one of the most popular sports around.

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5�7—The granddaddy of NASCAR racing gets a spit-and-polish treatment in Pimm's clear, readable text, nicely embellished with plenty of photos. First black-and-white images from the sand days on the beach itself, then the candy-apple reds and panther blacks of today's aerodynamic racing machines spill across the pages. Liberally sprinkled with checkered-flag info boxes on a wide variety of topics ("Dueling at Daytona," "Ditching the Lead," and "Ladies of NASCAR," among them), the text follows the development of NASCAR racing in general and at Daytona in particular. The changing rota of drivers, the rivalries, the tragedies, and the evolution of the simple stock cars to the sleek machines seen on TV are included. A special chapter puts readers behind the wheel with John Andretti as he describes his sensations and actions during a race. While not as heady as the scent of hot engine oil or as dramatic as a 10,000 rpm engine at full throttle, this colorful entry should still have young race fans wheedling for a "Speedweeks" vacation and dreaming of a place in a pit box.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761366775
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/2011
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
1,051,310
Product dimensions:
9.32(w) x 9.29(h) x 0.41(d)
Lexile:
910L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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Meet the Author

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Nancy Roe-Pimm spent a lot of time reading books and fantasizing about living on a horse farm in Montana. She married a rodeo cowboy who soon became a professional race car driver. After working in the pits for ten years on the Indy and NASCAR circuits, Nancy wrote children's books on the Indy 500 and the Daytona 500. Due to her love of animals and her affiliation with the Columbus Zoo, she has two nonfiction books about gorillas, The Heart of the Beast: Eight Great Gorilla Stories and Colo's Story: The Life Of One Grand Gorilla.

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Daytona 500: The Thrill and Thunder of the Great American Race 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
On February 22, 1959, more than 100,000 NASCAR fans would anxiously peer out over the Daytona tri-oval awaiting the start of the first Daytona 500 race. Mario Andretti later quipped, "You can't call your career complete unless you put a Daytona win under your belt." Perhaps for many fans, they can't say they've really experienced racing until they've actually made a pilgrimage to Daytona to sit in the stands and watch this "500-mile explosion" in person. The roar and excitement doesn't only come from the stock car engines, it comes from an excited, appreciative audience. The Daytona 500 is the "Super Bowl of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) circuit," a race that owes its origin to racers on the sands of the Daytona and Ormond beaches. It will almost feel like you're right in the stands watching as you read some interesting vignettes of the sport and hear the crowds go wild as exciting historical stories are recapped. You'll read about the Daytona 500 wild 'n crazy first race, DeWayne "Tiny" Lund's heroism and Cinderella-like chance at winning a race, how Mario Andretti "thrilled the fans and unnerved the other drivers" with his antics on the track, Richard Petty and David Pearson's extreme rivalry, and how "trading paint" ended up in a real time fight between the Allison brothers and Cale Yarborough. The young reader will get a real taste of the "Thrill and Thunder" of the Daytona 500 in the pages of this book. I've read several books about individual racers and the NASCAR circuit, but this is one of the most interesting by far. The marvelous assortment of stories in this book was what interested me the most as I read about the most obscure figures right along with the more commonly known racers in the sport. I found the overview early history of stock car racing jumpstarted this book very nicely and kept my interest until the last pages. The funky real life characters of Henry Seagrave (Mad Major) and Sir Malcolm Campbell were quite interesting to say the least. The book was very well written and researched and many interviews were conducted in person. There are numerous informative sidebars and ~HOT~ photographs. In the back of the book is an index, a glossary (including slang), and interview with John Andretti, an explanation of the meaning of NASCAR flags, source notes, and additional recommended book and website resources to explore. This is a Junior Library Guild Selection. Quill says: If you want to read about the ~HOT~ and fascinating history of the Daytona 500, this is one book you'll find hard to pass up!