The Great American Gamble: How the 1979 Daytona 500 Gave Birth to a NASCAR Nation [NOOK Book]

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"Everyone knew it, from CBS executives and owners of local CBS affiliates to NASCAR founder Big Bill French to driver and NASCAR booster Darrell Waltrip. If anything went wrong with the first-ever live, start-to-finish broadcast of America's premier stock car race, a lot of people were going to lose a lot of money. It would also be the last-ever live broadcast of a NASCAR event. The Great American Gamble tells the gripping tale of the event that instead made NASCAR the multibillion dollar powerhouse it is today: the 1979 Daytona 500." Based on ...
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The Great American Gamble: How the 1979 Daytona 500 Gave Birth to a NASCAR Nation

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Overview

"Everyone knew it, from CBS executives and owners of local CBS affiliates to NASCAR founder Big Bill French to driver and NASCAR booster Darrell Waltrip. If anything went wrong with the first-ever live, start-to-finish broadcast of America's premier stock car race, a lot of people were going to lose a lot of money. It would also be the last-ever live broadcast of a NASCAR event. The Great American Gamble tells the gripping tale of the event that instead made NASCAR the multibillion dollar powerhouse it is today: the 1979 Daytona 500." Based on new interviews with all the major drivers in the race and others involved, this is the ultimate, high-octane account of the most important race in NASCAR history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470478660
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/22/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Joe Menzer is the author of The Wildest Ride: A History of NASCAR (or, How a Bunch of Good Ol' Boys Built a Billion-Dollar Industry Out of Wrecking Cars) and a lead writer for NASCAR.com. An award-winning writer and reporter, he has been a regular contributor to the Sporting News, USAToday.com, and Inside Sports. His articles have also appeared in the Washington Post and other publications. He lives with his wife and four children in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Table of Contents

1 "Rain, Rain, Go Away ..."

2 The First 500

3 Getting Started

4 The Gray Ghost

5 Peaches and Black-Eyed Peas

6 The Emergence of Earnhardt

7 Benny's World

8 Second Cousins ... Sometimes

9 Tougher and Toughest?

10 Grand Masters

11 Breaking Away

12 The Last Lap

Epilogue

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Index

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    Posted March 14, 2012

    This looks promising

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