Fast Guys, Rich Guys, and Idiots: A Racing Odyssey on the Border of Obsession

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U of Nebraska Press, 2007 - Sports & Recreation - 337 pages
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Sam Moses, a motorsports writer for Sports Illustrated, was assigned to go racing and write about what happened. Fast Guys, Rich Guys, and Idiots is a personal odyssey that peers over the cliff of change and into the pit of obsession. From small-time races to glittery grands prix, it lays bare the greed, lust, and desperation of every driver for time behind the wheel and a faster car. It explains the perfectionism behind taking a turn at the limit and describes the intoxicating thrill of stealing down the Daytona backstraight at nearly two hundred miles an hour. The core of Moses's story takes place in the heartland of stock car racing, there he finds a spot on a team in Ether, North Carolina. The team's owner is a tough Louisiana oil man, its crew chief a lanky, laconic Texan, and its number-one driver a hairy-chested leadfoot who learned fast driving on backwoods Georgia roads, delivering beauty supplies in his Mustang. Crashes echo throughout the tale that follows, five of them the author's own.
 

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Moses was a Sports Illustrated writer assigned to the racing circuit. In a George Plimpton-esque maneuver, he joined a stock car racing team to experience being in the pit. This 1986 volume relays his adventures. With racing a near religion for many, this should find a devoted audience. Read full review

Contents

Chapter
1
Chapter
11
Chapter Three
25
Chapter Five
49
Chapter
63
Chapter Seven
75
Chapter Eight
93
Chapter Nine
107
Every Which Way But Straight
185
Chapter 14
201
Chapter 15
221
Chapter 16
245
Chapter 17
259
Chapter 18
279
Chapter 19
297
Chapter 20
311

Idiots
125
Crimes of Passion
141
Chapter 12
163
Chapter 21
329
Epilogue
336
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About the author (2007)

Sam Moses was a staff writer for Sports Illustrated for seventeen years on the motorsports beat. He worked as deputy editor at AutoWeek and received automotive journalism?s prestigious Ken Purdy Award. He is the author of At All Costs: How a Crippled Ship and Two American Merchant Mariners Reversed the Tide of World War II.

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