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Taking Stock: Life in NASCAR's Fast Lane
     

Taking Stock: Life in NASCAR's Fast Lane

by Monte Dutton
 

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NASCAR’s Winston Cup Series has become one of America’s fastest-growing spectator sports, with nationwide television coverage, custom-built race cars, and superstar drivers. Yet the sport’s roots are grounded in the moonshiners and farm boys who raced souped-up family cars every weekend on the dirt tracks of the Southeast. The evolution of stock

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NASCAR’s Winston Cup Series has become one of America’s fastest-growing spectator sports, with nationwide television coverage, custom-built race cars, and superstar drivers. Yet the sport’s roots are grounded in the moonshiners and farm boys who raced souped-up family cars every weekend on the dirt tracks of the Southeast. The evolution of stock car racing from a band of regional weekend warriors into a billion-dollar industry sponsored by some of the nation’s largest corporations is explored by eight of the sport’s most respected and experienced chroniclers. Taking Stock includes previously unpublished stories about the past and present of racing, and it provides a close-up look at the characters, rich and poor, prominent and obscure, who possess the stuff of legends. This collection features racing stories by award-winning motorsports journalists Monte Dutton of the Gaston(GASTONIA, N.C.) Gazette, Kenny Bruce of NASCAR Winston Cup Scene, Mike Hembree of the Greenville (S.C.) News, Jim McLaurin of the State (Columbia, S.C.), Jeff Owens of NASCAR Winston Cup Scene, David Poole of the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer, Thomas Pope of the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer, and Larry Woody of the Tennessean (Nashville).

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"Reading Taking Stock was like watching a power-slide on a dirt track—style and action in one bold move. As much as I loved the insider stories about Jeff, Dale, and the royal Pettys, and the true motor-mouth, Darrell Waltrip, it was the tales of racers and tracks I'd never heard of that will keep me dipping back during NASCAR rain delays."

"These stories will help you understand the passions that fueled our sport's drive from the short-track bullrings of the South to become one of America's biggest spectator sports. It's a bumpy ride, so buckle up and hang on."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574885590
Publisher:
Potomac Books
Publication date:
10/31/2002
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Monte Dutton writes "NASCAR This Week," which is syndicated by Universal Features Syndicate in more than 500 newspapers nationwide. He has won the National Newspaper Association Award, seven South Carolina Press Association Awards, and three National Motorsports Press Association Awards. He lives in Clinton, South Carolina.

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