The History of NASCAR

The History of NASCAR

by Adam R. Schaefer

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Explores the history of NASCAR, including the sport's early years, growing popularity, its sponsorships, and its most famous drivers.


Explores the history of NASCAR, including the sport's early years, growing popularity, its sponsorships, and its most famous drivers.

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Children's Literature
NASCAR racing has a long colorful history. As with many children's and young adult nonfiction books, presenting the history of any sport is difficult at best. A. R. Schaefer, in this title in the "NASCAR Racing" series tries to present the highlights in NASCAR history. While his coverage is good for a high-interest book, the writing is somewhat stilted and dry. Sadly, this follows a captivating introduction. One positive is the numerous photographs, color and black-and-white, that illustrate the historical details. The timeline is informative, if not quite complete. It is interesting that the timeline has large gaps in details until the 1990s when there are more facts provided. Another weakness of the timeline is that some of the details deal with specific drivers when this is a book on the history of NASCAR. Other titles in this series deal with the specific drivers. This is a decent history, but not one of Schaefer's best books. 2005, Capstone Press, Ages 10 to 15.
—John D. Orsborn
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Three well-illustrated and readable titles. Doeden opens with a description of Ryan Newman's spectacular 2003 crash at Daytona and goes on to describe other famous wrecks, including Dale Earnhardt's fatal crash in 2001. History covers the formation of the stock-car racing organization in 1949 through the present, describing the cars, significant races in NASCAR's history, and the importance of corporate sponsorships for the sport. Subsequent sections cover developments in safety equipment, the causes of wrecks, and how crashes spur new safety innovations. Racing describes a typical pit stop and each crew member's role; the job of spotters; and the safety issues, training, and practice that go with being part of a race team. Schaefer's writing is most effective, but all three books present their topics clearly and accurately. Attractive color photos will delight fans. These titles are a step up in accuracy and appeal from Jeff Savage's The World's Fastest Stock Cars (Capstone, 2003).-Jeffrey A. French, Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library, Willowick, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
NASCAR Racing Series
Product dimensions:
2.12(w) x 4.44(h) x 0.09(d)
Age Range:
8 - 14 Years

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