Fixin to Git: One Fan’s Love Affair with NASCAR’s Winston Cup

Fixin to Git: One Fan’s Love Affair with NASCAR’s Winston Cup

by Jim Wright
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822332205

ISBN-13: 9780822332206

Pub. Date: 07/02/2003

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

In the past twenty years, big-time stock-car racing has become America’s fastest growing spectator sport. Winston Cup races draw larger audiences—at the tracks and on television—than any other sport, and drivers like Dale Jarrett, Jeff Gordon, and Mark Martin have become cultural icons whose endorsements command millions. What accounts for

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In the past twenty years, big-time stock-car racing has become America’s fastest growing spectator sport. Winston Cup races draw larger audiences—at the tracks and on television—than any other sport, and drivers like Dale Jarrett, Jeff Gordon, and Mark Martin have become cultural icons whose endorsements command millions. What accounts for NASCAR’s surging popularity?
For years a “closeted” NASCAR fan, Professor Jim Wright took advantage of a sabbatical in 1999 to attend stock-car races at seven of the Winston Cup’s legendary venues: Daytona, Indianapolis, Darlington, Charlotte, Richmond, Atlanta, and Talladega. The “Fixin’ to Git Road Tour” resulted in this book—not just a travelogue of Wright’s year at the races, but a fan’s valentine to the spectacle, the pageantry, and the subculture of Winston Cup racing.
Wright busts the myth that NASCAR is a Southern sport and takes on critics who claim that there’s nothing to racing but “drive fast, turn left,” revealing the skill, mental acuity, and physical stamina required by drivers and their crews. Mostly, though, he captures the experience of loyal NASCAR fans like himself, describing the drama in the grandstands—and in the bars, restaurants, parking lots, juke joints, motels, and campgrounds where race fans congregate. He conveys the rich, erotic sensory overload—the sights, the sounds, the smells, the feel—of weekends at the Winston Cup race tracks.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822332206
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
07/02/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Prelude: On the Road to Charlotte
1. Car Culture and the American Dream
Daytona Pilgrimage
2. Deconstructing NASCAR
Back Home Again in Indiana
3. Racin' Basics
Lost in the Land of Cotton
4. The NASCAR Subculture
Short-Track Showdown
5. The Yankee Invasion
Nantahala Interlude
6. Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms
Grand Finale in Atlanta
7. We Are Family
Notes
Index

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