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One Helluva Ride: How NASCAR Swept the Nation

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  55 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
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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Emily
Jan 22, 2009 Emily rated it really liked it
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.
Laurie
Oct 07, 2008 Laurie rated it it was amazing
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.
Cherie Reeves
Apr 09, 2013 Cherie Reeves rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-books
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.
Sandi
Apr 05, 2009 Sandi rated it liked it
Shelves: sports, read-2009
Good readable look at the history of NASCAR.
Joy Schoenberger
May 15, 2008 Joy Schoenberger rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, sports
I had so many friends who love NASCAR, and yet I knew almost nothing about it. This book was a terrific introduction, an entertaining history of the sport, and a great read.
Terri
Jun 17, 2011 Terri rated it liked it
Taking a slight detour from my normal reading ... pun intended.
Sarah
Sep 30, 2009 Sarah rated it did not like it
Shelves: reality-rules
One Helluva Ride: How NASCAR Swept the Nation by Liz Clarke (2008)
Lynn
Apr 18, 2008 Lynn rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Eh, it was ok. It's a nice over of NASCAR history if you are into racing.
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Mar 18, 2016 Kenneth Flusche rated it it was amazing
This book brought back a lot of memories, yet it still taught me more about NASCAR. Liz is quite a story teller I hope she writes another story fact or fiction I think it would be worth reading.
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