Taking Stock: Life in NASCAR's Fast Lane

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2002 - Sports & Recreation - 288 pages
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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 Taking Stock includes previously unpublished stories about the past and present of racing, and it provides a close-up look at the characters, rich and poor, prominent and obscure, who possess the stuff of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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Contents

PHOTOGRAPHS
FOREWORD
AND NOW FOR SOMEONE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
HAIL CAESAR EMPEROR OF TALLADEGA
ALL THAT REMAINS
AN AMERICAN ICON
DIGGIN IN THE DIRT
REFLECTIONS OF A RACING REBEL
SOUL SEARCHING
WHERE LEGENDS RACED
THE MAN WHO MADE IT LOOK EASY
COLOR MY WORLD
THE HAMILTONS
DRAFTING DANCING AND DEATH ON THE EDGE OF THE CONTINENT
THE FORGOTTEN LANDMARK
THE LEGACY OF THE NUMBER TWENTYEIGHT

A YEAR OF TRAGEDY FOR NASCARS ROYAL FAMILY
THE ULTIMATE TEST
THERE AINT MUCH HE AINT SEEN
STARS AND BARS
COLUMBIA SPEEDWAY
FIREBALL AND MAX
THIS CIRCLE IS UNBROKEN
SKIRTING NASCARS RULE BOOK
AT HOME WITH THE YARBOROUGHS
FAN FRIENDLY
ABOUT THE EDITOR
INDEX
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