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Sunday Money: Speed! Lust! Madness! Death! A Hot Lap Around America with Nascar

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  128 ratings  ·  20 reviews
NASCAR racing, once considered no more than a regional circuit of moonshiners pounding around low-country dirt tracks in a cloud of red dust and cliché, has somehow become the fastest-growing spectator sport in America -- and the buxom, bumpkin darling of Madison Avenue. With 75 million fans and its popularity soaring in every corner of the country, NASCAR is a 200-mile-an ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 26th 2005 by Harper (first published 2005)
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William Frese
Jeff MacGregor managed to accomplish an amazing feat with Sunday Money. He took an exciting, dangerous, non-stop sport with interesting characters and dedicated, real fans and make it exceedingly dull. One thing to realize before picking up this book is that Mr. MacGregor believes in his heart that he is more significant and better than the average NASCAR fan. He mocks them throughout. Not just their dedication to the sport and the weekly ritual of the race, but their true-blue patriotism, polit ...more
After reading the book, I am unsure what the point was. Was it supposed to be a travelogue? A sociological essay? A historical piece? A sport critique? It tried being all of these things and more, but failed at most.

The author claims to be setting off on a grand tour of every race at every track, but skips several and, in fact, has whole chapters devoted to life in a Wal-Mart parking lot while details of a race weekend are reduced to a mere three sentences. No great insights are made into the fa
NASCAR is a cultural phenomenon. My two daughters discovered NASCAR on their own when in their mid-teens and became devoted TV-viewing fans for reasons I never discovered. Dale Earnhardt’s death on the track was the second great celebrity tragedy of their youth. (Kurt Cobain’s suicide being the other.) MacGregor and his photographer-wife buy a motor home and follow the NASCAR circuit for a year to reveal its power and range of appeal. He describes the experience in a loose, potpourri chronicle. ...more
MacGregor is a frequent contributor to the NY Times, New Yorker, Esquire, and Sports Illustrated. In 2002, he and his wife spent a year traveling across the country in a motor home to follow a full season of NASCAR, documenting the races and the culture that surrounds the sport. The result of that year-long excursion and research is this book. The NY Time Book Review stated that this book is a “triumph . . . the first (and maybe only) book that nonfans or casual fans or just the mildly curious s ...more
Melissa McAllister
The author, a journalist, and his wife, a photographer, set out in their newly acquired motor home to follow the NASCAR season. The premise being that he, like so many others, did not understand the infatuation with NASCAR. After all, it is just a bunch of cars going around in circles. Oh how I loathe that statement. So he and his wife set off on a trek across America, following NASCAR race after race, week after week, for the 10 month season.

I read a little bit about the book online before acqu
Taylor Kate Brown
A while ago, a coworker of my boyfriend, seeing a copy of that week's New Yorker in his hand, described why he really liked about the magazine: the honky-tonk moment.

Without going too deep into the story, the honky-tonk moment is when something is so well written and well reported that you start half-assedly reading a story about Leann Rimes career, and 10 minutes later, you are deep in the history of honky-tonk and can't stop reading.

So, being all the stereotypical things an anti-NASCAR fan is,
Apr 12, 2007 doug rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Readers
I am not a NASCAR follower, I am, however, a huge fan of business and white trash. Sunday Money covers them both. The writer and his wife (a photographer) take a year off of their lives, buy an RV and head out on the race circuit. We follow them from campgrounds to race tracks and Wal-Mart parking lots. Jeff MacGregor holds nothing back as he discovers and explains the importance and history of stock car racing and its effects on southern culture. A no holds barred open view of the lives of the ...more
I've never had any interest in NASCAR (although I did follow CART for a time as a kid), but its rise is an interesting cultural phenomenon. And I'd heard a lot of praise for this book, so it seemed worth reading.

There actually is a fair amount of interesting material in here, and I did learn quite a bit about NASCAR. But the writing style is just teeth-grating. It's written in that post-Hunter S. Thompson style which very few writers can pull off without coming across as complete assholes. I al
Suzanne Kittrell
This one was way off the beaten track for me but the title intrigued me so I started to read this and could not put it down. A SI writer and his girlfriend (the photographer on the trip) buy a RV and follow the NASCAR circuit for one year starting with the Daytona 500. They race all over the country, back and forth between the two coasts, trying to keep up with the hectic schedule these people have and what it takes to be successful in that market. It was funny and interesting and told me a lot ...more
Its a good thing that author Jeff MacGregor makes Sunday Monday such a fun read. Otherwise I'm not sure I could stick with the subject matter. I mean. NASCAR? Not exactly my cup of tea. But the year MacGregor and his wife spent in a motor home following the races is actually fun to read. He intersperses his wry observations (OK, gossip) about the fans, the drivers, and the whole racing experience, with genuine history and research about the "sport."
Nov 29, 2008 Patricia rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Patricia by: Tom Tune
Shelves: non-fiction
I was initially more interested in the travels-and-troubles-with-the-RV parts but I got hooked on the NASCAR story - there's a whole culture there that America only halfway knows about. Besides, it somehow resonated with my inner redneck... some part of me wants to go to a race again (but not the Coca-Cola 600!)
The author sells everything and buys a motor home to follow the entire NASCAR season - coast to coast - with his wife. A good look into some of the 'behind the scenes' of the 'sport' that is quickly becoming one of the most popular in the country.

This confirms NASCAR fans are crazy.
Matt Ihrig
I was looking for a book with more insight into how NASCAR became the event that it is. This book instead detailed the writes experience going to various tracks. Sorry but I was not interested in his RV or his wife's adventures.
Christina Furtado
I love this outside perspective on NASCAR culture... though the history can be drowning at times, the authors insight on the sports characters (including its fans) is priceless.
Dec 04, 2007 Ted rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: race fans
Shelves: sports-theme
Insight into NASCAR. Couple travels to every race in 2002, written by a journalist not a die-hard fan, so it is objective view of the racing empire.
Interesting at first, but enough already! Wanted to like it but got pretty monotonous. Didn't care enough to finish it.
best hyperbole i've come across in a while, for all the rightly wrong chest beating fuel-injected reasons. very fun.
this won't win the National Book Award (or any award for that matter) but I still had fun turning the pages.

Liked it since I remember well the NASCAR season that is followed in the book.
Dean Brodhag
Great book about NASCAR and American culture. Well written.
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