Taking Stock: Life in NASCAR's Fast Lane [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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 Taking Stock includes previously unpublished stories about the past and present of racing, and it provides a close-up look at the characters, rich and poor, prominent and obscure, who possess the stuff of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."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612342337
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/31/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

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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Table of Contents

List of Photographs
Foreword
And, Now, For Someone Completely Different 1
Hail Caesar, Emperor of Talladega! 13
All That Remains ... 25
An American Icon 37
Diggin' in the Dirt 50
Reflections of a Racing Rebel 65
A Year of Tragedy for NASCAR's Royal Family 74
The Ultimate Test 86
There Ain't Much He Ain't Seen 99
Stars and Bars 111
Columbia Speedway 122
Fireball and Max 132
The Circle Is Unbroken 143
Soul Searching 155
Where Legends Raced 168
The Man Who Made It Look Easy 177
Color My World 187
Nashville's Fastest Family: The Hamiltons 199
Drafting, Dancing, and Death on the Edge of the Continent 209
The Forgotten Landmark 223
The Legacy of the Number Twenty-Eight 236
Skirting NASCAR's Rule Book 249
At Home with the Yarboroughs 260
Fan Friendly 270
About the Editor 281
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2002

    The Best of Everything

    This book brings the fans into the race with all the young, older, and inbetween racers and tracks. An amazing trip to the Nascar home track of Daytona to the now haunted North Wilkesboro. You will laugh with the great promoter, Humpy Wheeler and cry over the stories of Fireball Roberts and Adam Petty. A very educational and fun glimpse of racing history and personalities, for example, David Pearson. I'm looking forward to Postcards on Pit Road due out in March.

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