The Weekend Starts on Wednesday: True Stories of Remarkable NASCAR Fans
  • The Weekend Starts on Wednesday: True Stories of Remarkable NASCAR Fans
  • The Weekend Starts on Wednesday: True Stories of Remarkable NASCAR Fans

The Weekend Starts on Wednesday: True Stories of Remarkable NASCAR Fans

by Andrew Giangola
     
 

NASCAR fans sure know how to have fun, yet their courage and determination also touch the athletes behind the wheel. In The Weekend Starts on Wednesday, author Andrew Giangola tells the stories of these amazing fans and their legendary loyalty and mind-boggling devotion. While this dedication can sometimes elicit awe or even a guffaw from some, the reach of

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NASCAR fans sure know how to have fun, yet their courage and determination also touch the athletes behind the wheel. In The Weekend Starts on Wednesday, author Andrew Giangola tells the stories of these amazing fans and their legendary loyalty and mind-boggling devotion. While this dedication can sometimes elicit awe or even a guffaw from some, the reach of NASCAR racing knows no racial or political bounds.

The Weekend Starts on Wednesday tells the story of a male nurse who braves death to bring the NASCAR flag to the top of Mt. Everest and of an office worker who dons a nurse’s outfit when her hero Dale Earnhardt Jr. crashes. There’s a fellow who gets naked at the track save a Goodyear tire, a sprightly grandmother on a mission to meet Jeff Gordon, and a lifelong fan who has been to all 51 Daytona 500 races.

          NASCAR has always prided itself on being a family-friendly organization, and its fans are absolutely devoted to family as well. One story tells of a mother who gets a Tony Stewart tattoo for her terminally ill son. A fiancé’s ashes spread in victory lane memorialize a life cut tragically short. A daughter keeps the campsite of a father who buckled her into a race car as a baby. 

Celebrities are not immune from the lure of NASCAR racing either, since its fans include such celebrities as Kevin Costner, Tom Cruise, and Brian Williams, whose stories are also told inside. 

The Weekend Starts on Wednesday is a light-hearted, heartwarming, insider’s tour of the race tracks and infields of the Deep South, through the heartland, and on to Southern California. It’s a guided expedition to the heart of what truly makes NASCAR the nation’s number-one spectator sport: its fans!

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“A marvelous book!”  - Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, national sports radio host

“This is a book you’re going to want to pick up.  It will make you laugh and touch your heart.  Highly recommended!”  - The Fast and the Fabulous

“The Weekend Starts on Wednesday is well-written, humorous and heart-warming.  It is a keepsake about a slice of America.” – Examiner.com

“Worth picking up.” – Foxsports.com

“This book is really moving.  It captures the undeniable devotion and dedication that makes the sport what it is today.” – Dagen McDowell, Fox Business Network

 “Giangola writes very nicely.”  - George Vecsey, New York Times

“This book makes me proud to be a NASCAR fan.   I loved reading it.  I recommend it to not just the ardent NASCAR fan but to the on-the-fence fan, the sometimes fan, and the curious onlooker.” -- Amy’s Bad Groove

“An entertaining book.”  – This Week in New York

“I’ve read many NASCAR books but none of them truly capture NASCAR fans like The Weekend Starts on Wednesday.  If you are a NASCAR fan, this book is for you.”  - The Bleacher Report

“A must read for all NASCAR fans.  Once I started reading, I had trouble putting the book down.” – The Intelligencer

“More than just a bunch of interesting stories…but rather a look at a New Yorker learning about NASCAR, not just its current fans, but some of its long-time fans, and a lot of history.” --  MikeMulhern.net

“Three dozen fans is a tiny slice compared with the more than 4.75 million that attended NASCAR races in 2009, but that was more than enough for Andrew Giangola to understand a stock car devotion that leads them to travel far to camp out in tents and converted school buses at races. Those interviews also provided Giangola an easy title for The Weekend Starts on Wednesday, a collection of vignettes revealing much about the sport's fan base.” – USA Today

“Giangola focuses on the souls of the fans, deftly weaving in details that illustrate the passion Spencer and his mom, Stephanie, share for the two-time Cup champion (Tony Stewart). By all means, buy it and read it.” – Roanoke Times

“It is filled with funny, offbeat, wacky, and heartwarming tales of those with a passion for the sport of speed.  The fans all have one thing in common.  They can’t get enough of what Giangola describes as “the chess match at 180 miles an hour.”  But, other than that, the people in this book couldn’t be more different.  And the way they express their enthusiasm for NASCAR and their favorite drivers is equally as diverse. It’s a breezy read that you can pick up and dive (or should I say drive?) into anywhere. Each story stands on its own, categorized in intriguing sections that cover a spectrum of topics.  I had fun mixing and matching my way through, letting the chapter titles lures me to a page.” – MediaMischief.com

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760338315
Publisher:
Motorbooks
Publication date:
02/11/2010
Edition description:
First
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“A marvelous book!”  - Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, national sports radio host

 

“This is a book you’re going to want to pick up.  It will make you laugh and touch your heart.  Highly recommended!”  - The Fast and the Fabulous

“The Weekend Starts on Wednesday is well-written, humorous and heart-warming.  It is a keepsake about a slice of America.” – Examiner.com

“Worth picking up.” – Foxsports.com

 

“This book is really moving.  It captures the undeniable devotion and dedication that makes the sport what it is today.” – Dagen McDowell, Fox Business Network

 

 “Giangola writes very nicely.”  - George Vecsey, New York Times

 

“This book makes me proud to be a NASCAR fan.   I loved reading it.  I recommend it to not just the ardent NASCAR fan but to the on-the-fence fan, the sometimes fan, and the curious onlooker.” — Amy’s Bad Groove

 

“An entertaining book.”  – This Week in New York

 

“I’ve read many NASCAR books but none of them truly capture NASCAR fans like The Weekend Starts on Wednesday.  If you are a NASCAR fan, this book is for you.”  - The Bleacher Report

“A must read for all NASCAR fans.  Once I started reading, I had trouble putting the book down.” – The Intelligencer

“More than just a bunch of interesting stories…but rather a look at a New Yorker learning about NASCAR, not just its current fans, but some of its long-time fans, and a lot of history.” -MikeMulhern.net

Three dozen fans is a tiny slice compared with the more than 4.75 million that attended NASCAR races in 2009, but that was more than enough for Andrew Giangola to understand a stock car devotion that leads them to travel far to camp out in tents and converted school buses at races. Those interviews also provided Giangola an easy title for The Weekend Starts on Wednesday, a collection of vignettes revealing much about the sport's fan base.” – USA Today

 

“Giangola focuses on the souls of the fans, deftly weaving in details that illustrate the passion Spencer and his mom, Stephanie, share for the two-time Cup champion (Tony Stewart). By all means, buy it and read it.” – Roanoke Times

“It is filled with funny, offbeat, wacky, and heartwarming tales of those with a passion for the sport of speed.  The fans all have one thing in common.  They can’t get enough of what Giangola describes as “the chess match at 180 miles an hour.”  But, other than that, the people in this book couldn’t be more different.  And the way they express their enthusiasm for NASCAR and their favorite drivers is equally as diverse. It’s a breezy read that you can pick up and dive (or should I say drive?) into anywhere. Each story stands on its own, categorized in intriguing sections that cover a spectrum of topics.  I had fun mixing and matching my way through, letting the chapter titles lures me to a page.” – MediaMischief.com

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