Growing Up NASCAR: Racing's Most Outrageous Promoter Tells All

Growing Up NASCAR: Racing's Most Outrageous Promoter Tells All

by Humpy Wheeler, Peter Golenbock
     
 

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In 1949, when Humpy Wheeler was 11, he attended the very first NASCAR race. For the next ten years, he spent as much time in the pits as he could, and came to know many of the sport’s pioneers.  Eventually, Wheeler began promoting races at Carolina tracks such as Concord Speedway, Robinwood Speedway, and Starlight Speedway. Racing was so rough back

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In 1949, when Humpy Wheeler was 11, he attended the very first NASCAR race. For the next ten years, he spent as much time in the pits as he could, and came to know many of the sport’s pioneers.  Eventually, Wheeler began promoting races at Carolina tracks such as Concord Speedway, Robinwood Speedway, and Starlight Speedway. Racing was so rough back then he kept a gun by his side when he paid the purse, and often used his fists to keep order. By the time Wheeler retired in 2008, he had helped NASCAR become the six-billion-dollar-a-year industry it is today. Filled with photographs from Wheeler's personal archives, Growing up NASCAR presents the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at NASCAR from the consumate insider.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Truly a fun, entertaining book, it also gives some good insights into the man and the personality behind what we’ve all seen in races.” – SpeedWeekly.net

Herald Courier, March 19, 2010
“With the assistance of author Peter Golenbock, Wheeler’s recently traced his colorful life and career in the book Growing Up NASCAR: Racing's Most Outrageous Promoter Tells All. From grimy dirt tracks to lavish superspeedways, Wheeler feels there are five essential elements for attracting and retaining fans to motorsports.”

Gaston Gazette, March 26, 2010
 “Wheeler’s stories of growing up in Belmont, his mother’s store in Gastonia and his maternal grandparents’ home in Bessemer lend a strong Gaston County flavor to the book. It explores his days at Robinwood Speedway.

Wheeler describes his role as a young promoter fresh out of college and the exploits of such Gastonia drivers as the Cooper Brothers, Jim Dimeo, Harold Dunnaway and others who created dynamic action at what he said was the best quarter-mile track ever built.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781610600392
Publisher:
Motorbooks
Publication date:
03/15/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,219,906
File size:
4 MB

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From the Publisher
Bristol Herald Courier, March 19, 2010

“With the assistance of author Peter Golenbock, Wheeler’s recently traced his colorful life and career in the book Growing Up NASCAR: Racing's Most Outrageous Promoter Tells All. From grimy dirt tracks to lavish

superspeedways, Wheeler feels there are five essential elements for attracting and retaining fans to motorsports.”

 

Gaston Gazette, March 26, 2010

 “Wheeler’s stories of growing up in Belmont, his mother’s store in Gastonia and his maternal grandparents’ home in Bessemer lend a strong Gaston County flavor to the book. It explores his days at Robinwood Speedway.

Wheeler describes his role as a young promoter fresh out of college and the exploits of such Gastonia drivers as the Cooper Brothers, Jim Dimeo, Harold Dunnaway and others who created dynamic action at what he said

was the best quarter-mile track ever built.”

“Truly a fun, entertaining book, it also gives some good insights into the man and the personality behind what we’ve all seen in races.” – SpeedWeekly.net

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