NASCAR Essential: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Real Fan!


A one-stop record containing everything NASCAR fans want to know about stock car racing, this resource is packed with anecdotes, history, explanations of traditions, statistics, trivia, and photos.
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A one-stop record containing everything NASCAR fans want to know about stock car racing, this resource is packed with anecdotes, history, explanations of traditions, statistics, trivia, and photos.
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Meet the Author

David Poole is a motorsports writer for the Charlotte Observer, traveling around the country more than 30 weekends a year to cover NASCAR's top series and teams. He has written NASCAR articles for a number of major magazines, appeared on ESPN, SPEED and on CBS, ABC, and NBC network news programs, and talked about stock car racing news and issues on dozens of radio stations nationwide. He is the author of several books on NASCAR. He lives in Gastonia, North Carolina. Jim McLaurin is an award-winning NASCAR journalist and a former motorsports writer for the State Newspaper. He has covered racing for four decades and is a two-time winner of the National Motorsports Association's George Cunningham Award and a recipient of the International Hot Rod Association’s Media Award. He is the author of NASCAR’s Most Wanted, The Top 10 Book of Outrageous Drivers, Wild Wrecks and Other Oddities and the coauthor of Taking Stock: Life in NASCAR’s Fast Lane.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction   David Poole     ix
Still Climbing the Ladder     1
Vive la Frances     8
A Champ Named Red as NASCAR Takes the Green     15
Absolutely Fabulous     19
Racing's Royal Family     24
A Pair but Not Two of a Kind     31
Win until You're Done     37
Wizards with Wrenches     43
Dreamers and Doers     48
Second to None     54
Smoke and Dollars     60
Buck and Buddy     64
Triumph and Tragedy     69
Checks, Credit, and Cash     78
Fare Thee Well, BP     85
Cale's Long, Hard Fight     89
Keeping the Jaws Working     93
Earn-Hardt!     98
Boys Will Be Boys     104
Thrills, Spills, and Dollar Bills-All-Star Style     113
Million Dollar Bill     119
Promise Unfulfilled     124
Two's Company, Three's a Crowd, and Four's a Team     132
A Clean Break     139
Brother to Brother     144
Making His Mark     149
Perfect? No-But Still a Wonder     154
HisOwn Dale     160
Discovering Columbus     167
Who's Next?     174
Answers to Trivia Questions     180
NASCAR Tracks     182
All-Time NASCAR Cup Champions     190
All-Time Nextel Cup Driver List     193
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