NASCAR Now

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An under-the-hood look at NASCAR racing.

NASCAR attracts six million spectators annually. The televised races reach 105 million homes -- second only to NFL football in TV ratings. It has about eighty million radio listeners and their web site draws 1.5 billion hits a year.

More Fortune 500 companies sponsor NASCAR than any other sport.

NASCAR Now is the ultimate guide to the sport. The book covers the earliest...

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Overview

An under-the-hood look at NASCAR racing.

NASCAR attracts six million spectators annually. The televised races reach 105 million homes -- second only to NFL football in TV ratings. It has about eighty million radio listeners and their web site draws 1.5 billion hits a year.

More Fortune 500 companies sponsor NASCAR than any other sport.

NASCAR Now is the ultimate guide to the sport. The book covers the earliest stock car races to the 2003 Winston Cup. The pages are vividly illustrated with dramatic photographs of races, the cars, drivers and crews. Race fans are taken behind the scenes for exclusive driver interviews and a candid look at how the racing business works.

This encyclopedic guide covers every aspect of NASCAR including:

  • The top twenty-five drivers including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Jeff
    Gordon, Bobby Labonte, Robby Gordon, Rusty Wallace, Dale Jarrett and Kyle Petty
  • Legendary drivers including Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, who made NASCAR the phenomenon it is today
  • The top ten racing teams
  • History of stock car racing
  • Famous track venues
  • "Young Guns," the future NASCAR stars.

NASCAR Now is an informative and entertaining guide for stock car racing fans of all ages.

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Editorial Reviews

Toronto Star - Norris McDonald
Well written and well researched... a fine book.
Road and Track - David W. Black
Big paperback primer on NASCAR, listing legendary drivers, today's top drivers and teams, future stars, racing teams, rules, points, scoring -- you get everything except the T-shirt.
Canwest News Service - Dave Halliday
Can help you understand how this sport has grown... If you're interested in stock car racing, there's plenty of information in this book.
Kitchener-Waterloo Record - Karlo Berkovich
In short, everything you need to know.
Chicago Sun-Times - Dolores and Roger Flaherty
Pit stops, blurring speed and top drivers are the focus of this collection of 175 color photographs.
Toronto Sun - Norm Mort
Ideal for the new fans of NASCAR in that it explains all the safety features, the pit shop procedures, official's flags and NASCAR rules, and examines the 23-venues in detail.
Bookpage
Dramatic photographs of races, cars, drivers and crews with an under-the-hood look at the racing business.
VOYA
This colorful book has something for everyone interested in automobiles and racing, from novices to aficionados. For car enthusiasts, it has great photos of speeding cars, fiery wreckage, and drivers. Racing fans can read the short, interesting history of NASCAR racing, descriptions of cars, safety features, pit stops and crews, and the big business of racing. The avid fan will find diagrams of the NASCAR race tracks; photos and details of the top racing teams, including the drivers and crew chiefs, first racing season, and career wins; similar information about current top drivers, including earnings; and short bios on drivers to watch. Finally older race fans who want to reminisce will find bios on great drivers of yesteryear. For this reviewer who loves racing but has not watched for many years, this book was a terrific re-entry into the sport. It contains tidbits such as the fact that in the American South, stock car racing began as rivalries between moonshine runners in the 1930s. It describes the evolution of cars' safety features, flags used at races, and photos, photos, photos. The chapters are short and easy to understand, yet readable by middle schoolers and adults alike. The book is well organized, and the useful glossary contains common and less-common terms. Clearly it is not for everyone and every library. Although racing enthusiasm crosses gender boundaries, this book will surely attract the boys. Taken for what it is, a photo-essay on NASCAR racing, it is highly recommended for middle school, high school, and public libraries. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P M J S A/YA (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School,defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2004, Firefly, 160p.; Glossary. Photos. Charts., Ages 11 to Adult.
—Ed Goldberg
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552978290
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/2/2004
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Miller is a widely published journalist who has written about stock car racing for twenty-five years.

Steve Milton is a sports columnist and author of several sports books including Figure Skating Now.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 10
History 12
NASCAR 101
Stock Cars 20
Safety 29
Pit Stops 32
The Business of NASCAR 34
Points & Scoring 36
Officials 38
Tracks 40
Top Teams
Richard Childress Racing 44
Dale Earnhardt Inc. 46
Evernham Motorsports 48
Joe Gibbs Racing 50
Hendrick Motorsports 52
Penske Racing 54
Petty Enterprises 55
Roush Racing 56
Wood Brothers Racing 58
Robert Yates Racing 59
Top Drivers
Jeff Burton 62
Kurt Busch 65
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 68
Bill Elliott 72
Jeff Gordon 75
Robby Gordon 78
Kevin Harvick 81
Dale Jarrett 84
Jimmie Johnson 87
Kasey Kahne 90
Matt Kenseth 93
Bobby Labonte 97
Terry Labonte 100
Sterling Marlin 103
Mark Martin 106
Jeremy Mayfield 109
Joe Nemechek 112
Ryan Newman 115
Kyle Petty 119
Elliott Sadler 122
Jimmy Spencer 125
Tony Stewart 128
Rusty Wallace 132
Michael Waltrip 135
Drivers to Watch
Brendan Gaughan 138
Jamie McMurray 138
Brian Vickers 139
Scott Wimmer 139
Legends
Bobby Allison 140
Dale Earnhardt 142
The Flocks 144
David Pearson 146
Richard Petty 148
Curtis Turner 150
Darrell Waltrip 151
Cale Yarborough 153
Glossary 154
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