NASCAR Now!

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Fully updated with new drivers, teams, dynasties and legends.

Every year, NASCAR attracts more than six million spectators to racetracks nationwide. The televised races are viewed by millions more, making NASCAR second only to NFL football in American sports ratings.

NASCAR Now! is the ultimate guide to the sport — a high-octane ride from auto racing's humble roots to the present. This superb book for fans is like riding shotgun with the top 31...

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Overview

Fully updated with new drivers, teams, dynasties and legends.

Every year, NASCAR attracts more than six million spectators to racetracks nationwide. The televised races are viewed by millions more, making NASCAR second only to NFL football in American sports ratings.

NASCAR Now! is the ultimate guide to the sport — a high-octane ride from auto racing's humble roots to the present. This superb book for fans is like riding shotgun with the top 31 drivers on the Sprint Cup circuit, including Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth and Clint Boyer. Readers will go into the garage with top teams and they'll get behind the wheel with former racecar driver Brett Bodine and Tonight Show host Jay Leno as they pilot the official pace car.

Every aspect of NASCAR racing is covered in this photo-packed, fast-paced book, which includes:

  • Profiles of today's top 31 drivers plus 13 legends
  • A racing primer on scoring, officials, pit stops and the business of NASCAR
  • Setting up a track for race day
  • Tracks — who owns them, and the events they host
  • How to spend a day at the track
  • A history of NASCAR internationally, featuring races in Canada, Mexico and Japan.

NASCAR Now! is an informative, entertaining and action-packed guide that puts the reader in the driver seat.

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Editorial Reviews

Bookpage
[Review of earlier edition:] Dramatic photographs of races, cars, drivers and crews with an under-the-hood look at the racing business.
Toronto Star - Norris McDonald
[Review of earlier edition:] It's terrific... everything you ever wanted to know about NASCAR is in this book and the photos are terrific, too.
Toronto Sun - Norm Mort
[Review of earlier edition:] 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.
Inside Track Motorsport News
[Review of earlier edition:] An in-depth look... From the sport's early days, racing on sand at Daytona to the present, on tracks like Lowe's Motor Speedway, no stone is left unturned.
Kitchener-Waterloo Record - Karlo Berkovich
[Review of earlier edition:] In short, everything you need to know.
Road and Track - David W. Black
[Review of earlier edition:] 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.
Chicago Sun-Times - Dolores and Roger Flaherty
[Review of earlier edition:] Pit stops, blurring speed and top drivers are the focus of this collection of 175 color photographs.
Canwest News Service - Dave Halliday
[Review of earlier edition:] 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.
National Examiner
[Review of earlier edition:] Captures the daring sport with vivid descriptions of the cars and drivers and 150 color action photos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554073405
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/12/2008
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 627,096
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Miller is a widely published automotive journalist and author who has specialized in auto racing for 25 years.

Steve Milton is a 30-year veteran sportswriter and author of more than a dozen sports books.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction
History
NASCAR 101
Top Teams
Top Drivers
Major Contenders
Legacy
Glossary
Acknowledgments
Driver Profile Index

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Preface

Introduction

Start Your Engines

NASCAR is a sport. NASCAR is entertainment. NASCAR is a cultural and economic phenomenon.

From a modest start centered mainly in the southern U.S. states, NASCAR stock car racing has exploded to the forefront of the sporting and cultural world in the past decade. It has surpassed older traditional sports in attendance, media attention and merchandise marketing. Also, through strong business acumen, NASCAR has become a financial giant.

NASCAR has come a long way from the races on the beaches in Florida and the dusty dirt tracks south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Through planning, insightful growth, and solid marketing and promotion, NASCAR has succeeded beyond all expectations.

NASCAR's popularity stems from its relatively simple racing machines that resemble the cars seen in everyday life that fans can relate to. And the stars of NASCAR, the drivers, are approachable athletes from humble beginnings who are quite willing to put back into the sport what they reap from it.

For 36 weekends a year, hundreds of thousands of fans, and millions more via television, witness the color, the noise and the excitement as dozens of sleek race cars and compelling drivers provide heart-stopping action in a competition like no other.

More than six million people attend NASCAR Sprint Cup races annually, with an estimated 275 million watching the races on national broadcasts across the globe. Billions of dollars are invested in sponsorship and promotion, and licensed NASCAR merchandise tops $2 billion per year. Each of the 36 Sprint Cup events averages 186,000 spectators. One Cup race draws more fans than the Super Bowl, a World Series Baseball game, and an NBA finals game combined.

Cup drivers are revered as folk heroes, and some have become idols on a national scale as part of the fabric of society. Driver rivalries are intense, as is the competition among auto manufacturers.

When compared to other major league sports, NASCAR races have unique presentations. Each race stands on its own as a major event with its own sense of urgency and importance, not unlike a playoff game in another sport. There is only one Cup race a week, so there's only one opportunity to view the race, and a concentrated effort is made to get the most from each weekly event.

NASCAR's stock car racing has grown to unprecedented levels not only as a major sport but as a part of our daily lives. The racing entity that Bill France envisioned in 1949 has grown over the past five decades, and to this day the tradition is upheld by the France family as it takes NASCAR to the next stage of sports entertainment.

NASCAR NOW!
ushers in a new era in NASCAR racing.

After years of development, the Car of Tomorrow has become reality. The CoT functions like a salary cap in other major sports, leveling the playing field by allowing only a fixed amount of money to be spent for competition. In this new edition, you'll catch up on the story of the CoT's development and details of the thinking behind the new car style.

The four manufacturers all have new car models in competition, including Chevrolet's iconic Impala name, which, in CoT trim, won its first victory since 1963 in the first CoT race in March of 2007.

Another major development in NASCAR Sprint Cup racing has been the influx of former open-wheel race car drivers to the world of full-fendered stock car racing.

Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya, a former CART Champ Car champion, a former Formula One driver, and a former 24 Hours of Daytona winner, has successfully made the transition to stock cars. He placed 20th in the 2007 standings in his rookie year.

And open-wheel aces such as Patrick Carpentier, Dario Franchitti and Sam Hornish Jr. are now all climbing into their stock cars.

NASCAR NOW! covers the entire scope of this engrossing sport, from its beginnings to its present action-packed season. Along with a history of the sport, you'll learn about some of the colorful personalities that helped make NASCAR what it is today. You'll follow the evolution of the NASCAR stock car, including the newest safety technology, and find out more about the tracks and how the drivers win points, as well as the marketing machine that has fueled the sport. You'll experience the drama of pit stops and meet the hottest and most influential drivers of the present NASCAR scene.

You'll also read about some of NASCAR's early ventures aside from stock car racing. And you'll get the latest about the new NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte.

So get buckled up and press that starter. It's time for the green flag.

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Introduction

Introduction

NASCAR is a sport. NASCAR is entertainment. And NASCAR is a cultural phenomenon.

From humble beginnings in races on the beaches in Florida and the dusty dirt tracks south of the Mason-Dixon Line, NASCAR stock car racing has exploded to the forefront of the sporting and cultural worlds, surpassing older sports in attendance and media attention. And through solid and insightful business practices, NASCAR has succeeded beyond all expectation as a financial giant.

NASCAR's main appeal is that its relatively simple racing machines resemble everyday cars fans can relate to. And the stars of NASCAR, the drivers, are approachable athletes who are not above putting back into the sport what they reap from it. Cup drivers are revered as folk heroes, and some have become national idols as part of the fabric of society. Driver rivalries are intense, and the competition between auto manufacturers is fierce.

Every weekend hundreds of thousands of fans -- and millions more watching on television -- witness the color, the noise and the excitement as dozens of sleek race cars and compelling drivers provide heart-stopping action in a competition like no other.

Over six million people attend NASCAR Nextel Cup races annually, with an estimated 275 million viewing the races on national broadcasts around the globe. The 36 separate Nextel Cup events average 186,000 spectators. One Cup race draws more fans than the Super Bowl, a World Series Baseball game and a National League Basketball finals game combined. Billions of dollars are invested in sponsorship and promotion, and licensed NASCAR merchandise tops $2 billion per year.

NASCAR races are unique.Each race stands on its own as a major event with its own sense of urgency and importance, not unlike a play-off game in another sport. And there is only one Cup race per week.

NASCAR's stock car racing has grown to unprecedented levels since Bill France's original vision back in 1949. His hard work and sound business acumen have been continued through the efforts of his son, Bill Jr., and now grandson Brian.

NASCAR Now! covers the entire spectrum of this phenomenon. Along with the history of the sport, you'll read about some of the colorful personalities who helped make NASCAR what it is today. You'll pick up the latest in safety technology and learn more about the tracks and how the drivers win points. You'll discover the action and function of pit stops, meet the hottest and most influential drivers of today's NASCAR scene, get some first-hand, behind-the-scenes interviews and take a look at the marketing machine that fuels the sport.

So get buckled up and press that starter. It's time for the green flag.

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