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In the Blink of an Eye: Dale, Daytona, and the Day that Changed Everything

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There was one lap to go in the 2001 Daytona 500, NASCAR's most celebrated event. Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were running one-two. Junior's legendary dad, the driver race fans called "The Intimidator," was close behind in third, blocking anyone who might try to pass. Waltrip couldn't stop thinking about all the times he'd struggled to stay ahead--and the 462 NAS ...more
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Published February 1st 2011 by Hyperion (first published January 28th 2011)
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My aunt lent me this book in advance of the 2011 Daytona 500. She was a lifelong Dale Earnhardt fan, so being able to read Michael Waltrip's perspective on The Intimidator's influence and the highs and lows of that fateful day in 2001 I'm sure helped answer some lingering questions as the 10th anniversary of his passing approaches. For me, I've been loyal to a different driver and actually was anti-Earnhardt back in 2000 when he was challenging my guy, Bobby Labonte, for the title. That said, I ...more
Michael Jobes
I ripped through Michael Waltrip's book "In The Blink Of An Eye", literally, in the blink of an eye. I finished it in two days, between the 10th Anniversary of Dale Earnhardt's death (Feb 18th) and the running of the 2011 Daytona 500 (Feb. 20th). The book drew me in from the very beginning, and Michael's style makes for a very accessible and easy read. I vividly remember the day that we lost Dale. I was glued to the TV rooting him on. I didn't know who Michael Waltrip was, or what his significan ...more
remember that fateful day in February of 2001. I watched that race. It was the day of my son’s Christening. Family and friends were at the house celebrating and the race was on. It was an exciting race. I remember talking about Dale playing defense for Dale Jr and Michael. It was an incredible sight. I remember seeing the crash. Thinking Dale might be hurt but no one thought he died. The crash was bad but I’ve seen a lot worse. I remember the shock when we heard of his death. I read the part ab ...more
Caitlin Moyer
When I first picked up this book, I had never set foot on a racetrack or watched a lap on TV. In fact, I’m a Will Ferrell fan and I’ve never even seen Talladega Nights.

But none of that mattered because In the Blink of an Eye is not just a story for NASCAR fans about NASCAR. Two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip’s story is a story for the entire human race that just happens to be about racing.

Although the book is centered around one fateful event in 2001 (the tragic loss of NASCAR legend D
Robbie Sheets
Book: In the blink of an eye.
Author: Michael Waltrip
Pages: 223
Why did I choose this book because I love the sport.
Gene non-fiction biography.
Setting: 1963 present anyplace where NASCAR has a race.
Main character: is funny, nice, and never mad.
Plot: how he got into NASCAR and the death of Dale and where he is today.
Conflict: how he got into NASCAR.
Problem resolved: winning his first race and loose a friend in the same day.
My opinion of the book: I like this book and would recommend
Around this time every year, right before the beginning of the new racing season, I like to take a moment to reflect on Dale Earnhardt. He was and still is my #1 hero of all time. I like to remember him and the excitement of NASCAR back when he was still alive and the sport was still fun to watch. Unfortunately, every Earnhardt-related book, television special, etc. has the same tragic ending of his death in the 2001 Daytona 500 – something that broke my heart and that of many other race fans th ...more
Off the track, I've found Michael Waltrip to be a pretty funny guy and there were many times when I could get that same humor in the writing. For the title being about the 2011 Daytona 500, there is a lot more to this book than that, but it was a day that changed anyone associated with NASCAR and it does get plenty of pages. I always enjoy insights into athletes and this book as definitely enjoyable.
A must read for any NASCAR fan. An inside look at the day that changed NASCAR forever, February 18th, 2001. Interesting behind the scenes view of NASCAR in general.
A most read for anyone that calls themselves a NASCAR fan. Was a wonderful look into a his life and what makes Michael Waltrip that loved racer/owner he is today.
If you're a NASCAR fan this is a MUST HAVE, MUST READ
I've been a MICHAEL WALTRIP fan for a long, long time, definitely wasn't disappointed in THIS purchase
Tim Newey

Title: In The Blink Of An Eye
Author: Michael Waltrip and Ellis Henican
Publisher: Hyperion (New York)
Genre: Non-Fiction
Year Published: 2011
Number of Pages: 223
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN13: 978-1-4013-2431-5
Price: $24.99

Reviewed by Tim Newey

When I first bought the book “In The Blink Of An Eye” by Michael Waltrip, I was expecting it to be mostly about the death of Dale Earnhardt, in part because of the subtitle: “Dale, Daytona, and the Day That Changed Everything” and partly because the rel
In the Blink of an Eye
By Michael Waltrip and Ellis Henican
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Published In: New York City, NY, USA
Date: 2011
Pgs: 223

Chasing the dream. Rising through the ranks. Stagnating. Getting the dream job. Achieving the ultimate dream. Your brother, a former champion in your sport, is calling the race. Your boss’s sun is running 2nd behind you and pushing you toward victory. Your boss, a legend in the sport, is running third coming out of Turn 4 of the Daytona 500, the Super B
Steven Dzwonczyk
A couple of months ago I was talking with my sister Susan about our NASCAR picks for Daytona. (Yeah, go figure. I'm a NASCAR fan, I'm in a NASCAR Fantasy League, AND I have a sister who is in the league with me!). I noticed she'd picked Michael Waltrip for her team that week. I poked a little fun at her and told her that Michael is on my "do not draft" list. Well, I was right. She had a solid team that week except for Michael Waltrip, and finished third overall.

If I had read this book before the
Justin Gerade

Justin Gerade
June 11, 2013
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In the Blink of an Eye
In the Blink of an Eye is an auto biography by Michael Waltrip. The publisher is Hyperion and was published on February 1, 2011 in New York. Michael Waltrip is a professional NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver. He competes in the top series of stock car racing. This book tells the story of his life and how he always dreamed of racing, just like his older brother. The books main focus is on mentor, Dale Earnhardt and the ch
I have been wanting to get the Michael Waltrip book called "In the Blink of an Eye: Dale, Daytona, and the Day that Changed Everything", since it came out in Feb. 2011. It is published by Hyperion Books and the ISBN number is: 978-1-4013-2431-5. The other day I bought it on amazon and was very excited when it came in the next day.


There was one lap to go in the 2001 Daytona 500, NASCAR's most celebrated event. Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were running one-two. Junior's legen
Really good, enjoyed the history of Michael Waltrip's racing career- I had no idea how successful he had been at every level before Cup, nor his relationship w/ DW. Enjoyed hearing about Dale. The chapter(s) about the 500 in 2001 was really touching. The only chapter that put me off was the one about the Pepsi 400 in July 2001, first race back at Daytona when Dale Jr won and Mikey finished 2nd. That is one of my favorite memories in all of sports, and Michael wrote that he had the car to win, ha ...more
I laughed. I cried. I reminisced. I learned a lot of NASCAR's rich history, and about a guy determined to just keep going. Determined to be determined, if you will. I've never been one to enjoy autobiographies, but maybe I was just reading the wrong ones. From start to finish, I wanted to know what was going to happen next, even when in some instances I already knew and was dreading the answers. It was also interesting to see the relationship Waltrip had with his various family members, because ...more
Imagine having the best moment of your life and the worst moment of your life be at the same time. Before the 2001 Daytona 500 Michael Waltrip had gone 462 races without a win. That year he had been hired by the legendary Dale Earnhardt to race for Dale's team. As it turned out Michael won his first race in the biggest race of the year. At the same time Dale, who was in third and holding off cars from getting to Michael and Dale Jr., was killed in a crash on the last corner of the last lap. Talk ...more
Tracey Renzi
The first half of this book was a pretty easy read. It was enlightening to learn more about how "Mikey" broke into NASCAR and his relationships with fellow drivers, including his brother Darrell. Most of it is written just as if Michael were telling the story during an interview.

The story becomes a little deeper as the 2001 NASCAR season and Daytona approach. Michael gives great insight into his feelings prior to the start of the race, what goes on during the race and victory lane, which include
I couldn't read this book without hearing Michael Waltrip's voice on every word. Not that that's a *bad* thing, it was just a bit distracting. The first half of the book describes his growing up and racing as a kid, then from halfway to nearly the end of the book is devoted to the leadup to, and consequences of, the 2001 Daytona 500. The final twenty pages or so barely touch on everything that's happened since 2005, when he left DEI -- and it's the final segment that I found unsatisfying. He bar ...more
As a longtime nascar fan I had to read this book, especially since I love Mikey! From beginning to end this book had me running the gamut of emotions: I laughed, cried and cheered. Mikey takes his readers into a timeline of his career in nascar and allows us a chance to see what kind of relationship he had with Dale Earnhardt Sr, and how on that fateful day 10 years ago on 2-18-01 it all changed at the Daytona 500 with Dale's death while he won he was crossing the checkered flag and winning his ...more
I saw an advertisement for this book while watching the Daytona 500. I've been a big fan of Mikey's for a while now and decided to check this book out from the library.

I'm glad I did. While the title leads you to think the book is from that fateful crash to the present. . . it's actually a book from Mikey's beginnings to the present.

There's a big chunk devoted to Dale, as he played a very important part in Mikey's racing career. It was very sad to read about Dale's crash, but I'm glad Mikey foun
Mike Kessler
This book in an inside look of the highs and lows in Michael Waltrip's life. It is a must read for any NASCAR fan.
Karen Gibson
Jul 17, 2012 Karen Gibson rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who is a NASCAR fan
Interesting read if you are into NASCAR, but then, if you weren't why would you choose it to begin with? It reads just like you hear Mikey talk on television. I enjoyed the insights into his early years of racing, why he started, how he started, etc. And, of course, the main reason to read it is to learn more about his relationship with Dale Earnhardt Sr. and how he dealt with the loss of his mentor, boss and friend. What I did not like about the book was that it raised more questions about his ...more
Carl Purdon
I'm a NASCAR fan, a Michael Waltrip fan, and I still think Dale Earnhardt was the greatest driver the sport has ever known.

I purchased this book to learn more about Dale. Along the way I learned some very interesting things about Michael, his brother Darrell, Richard Petty, and Kyle Petty. I also discovered that Michael Waltrip is a good writer.

If you like Michael Waltrip, the on-air commentator, you will love this book because it reads like you are sitting in the room listening to him talk.
There's a wonderfully dramatic story here that, in the hands of a more skillful writer, could have taken the checkered flag (like the metaphor?). Waltrip won his won his first NASCAR race in 463 starts, only to learn that his friend and mentor, Dale Earnhardt, died in a crash on the final lap of that same race. From triumph to tragedy in matter of minutes.

Problem is, Mr. Waltrip chose the wrong ghostwriter and, unless you're a big-time racing fan, this book will greatly disappoint.
Pamela Heady
I found this book to be not only an easy read but very entertaining as well. Watching MW help commentate races, his personality is large and steeped in humor and that comes through in his writing as well. Many moments found me chuckling out loud while learning his story of racing and eventually leading up to "That Day." I laughed and I cried while getting an inside look to the ways of racing, personalities and the emotions that come with both. Thought is was a great read.
I never started out as a Michael Waltrip fan. I knew he drove for NAPA Auto Parts, was the brother of DW, and won the 2001 Daytona 500. Ask me anything else, and I wouldn't be able to tell you.

After reading "In the Blink of an Eye", I feel I know him a little better as a person (if not a NASCAR Sprint Cup driver).

I may have found a new driver to follow and support. But don't worry, race fans . . . I am STILL a diehard and lifelong fan of Dale, Jr.
Michell Tobias-smelt
When I first decided to read this book, I wasn't sure I would like it...I was wrong. I enjoyed this book very much. It was funny and, at times serious. I really loved his sense of humor and I also liked how he was open about the Daytona race he won and Dale, Sr. died. It must have been hard for him to revisit that time in his life but he did a great job conveying feelings that others would supress. A must read for any Nascar fan.
I didn't care for this. While Waltrip and his ghost writer have the class not to openly dump on the people in his life who he hasn't appreciated, there's a lot of passive aggressive hints that are almost more annoying than if he came right out and said things like "I don't really like my brother Darrell." Some of his other claims just don't read as true. There isn't much insight here into Dale Earnhardt either.
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