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One Helluva Ride: How NASCAR Swept the Nation
by Liz Clarke
From its raw beginnings on Southern dirt tracks, NASCAR smacked of a slightly depraved spectacle, as if nothing but trouble could come from the unbridled locomotion of a V8 engine. By the time NASCAR roared into the twenty-first century, it had grown into a billion-dollar sports and marketing colossus, its races attended by hundreds of thousands of fans on any given weeken ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 12th 2008 by Villard
(first published 2008)
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This is the perfect book for anyone who wants to understand more about NASCAR. Clarke does a better job than anyone else I've encountered at explaining the appeal of NASCAR, the personalities and history behind it. She does it with humor, wit, and a light emotional touch that is still strong enough to make you choke up at the discussions of death and injury.
Wow! If you are not a NASCAR fan, you must read this book (yes, you read that right). Personal, totally accessible journalistic style from Liz Clarke. It reads well and involves you in all aspects of NASCAR's history. Each part lingers just long enough, giving a proper, introspective, somewhat existential (ok, lightly) view on what racing cars has been about and what it's becoming.
Great book of an insiders view of NASCAR, it's growth, and appeal. Throughout the reader gets a different view of greats such as dale sr. Cale Yarborough, the Allison's and the pettys. Great book for fans or people new to the sport.