The Wildest Ride
A History of Nascar (or, How a Bunch of Good Ol' Boys Built a Billion-Dollar Industry Out of Wrecking Cars)
By (author) Joe Menzer
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Wildest Ride by Joe Menzer
Book DescriptionIn The Wildest Ride, Joe Menzer gives us a timely, comprehensive look at the dramatic, rollicking history of stock-car racing in America, exploring both its inauspicious bootlegging beginnings and the billion-dollar industry that it has become. Menzer straps the reader into the driver's seat for a run through NASCAR's history, revealing the sport's remarkable rise from rogue outfit to corporate darling. Menzer also profiles the many superstar drivers who have dominated the sport, men as unpredictable as they are fearless, including "The Intimidator," Dale Earnhardt, whose ferocious driving made him NASCAR's signature personality -- and whose tragic death at the 2001 Daytona 500 was mourned by millions. Menzer expertly maneuvers through the tight corners and wide-open straightaways of NASCAR's history, examining the circuit's attempt to distance itself from its "redneck racin'" past without compromising its country roots. Simultaneously rowdy and insightful, The Wildest Ride is a thorough and unfailingly honest account of NASCAR's amazing rise to prominence and a sweeping account of a uniquely American phenomenon.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780743226257
(214mm x 139mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Simon & Schuster
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 17-Jun-2002
Country of Publication: United States
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If anything went wrong with the first-ever live, start-to-finish broadcast of America's premier stock car race, a lot of people were going to lose a lot of money. It would also be the last-ever live broadcast of a NASCAR event. This title tells the tale of the event that instead made NASCAR a multibillion dollar powerhouse: the 1979 Daytona 500.
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Author Biography - Joe Menzer
Joe Menzer is the author or coauthor of four previous books, including The Wildest Ride: A History of NASCAR and Four Corners: How UNC, N.C. State, Duke, & Wake Forest Made North Carolina the Center of the Basketball Universe. He has written for such publications as Sporting News and Inside Sports. Since 1995 he has covered the Carolina Panthers and the NFL for the Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina. He lives with his wife and four children in Charlotte, N.C.
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