DALE vs DAYTONA: The Intimidator’s
Quest to Win the Great American Race
by Rick Houston
Dale Earnhardt and Daytona International Speedway remain two of the
most iconic names in the history of NASCAR, and are inevitably
connected when either name is mentioned. Earnhardt's failed attempts
to win the race have become folklore; each year brought its own
unique set of circumstances for why he hadn't yet raised the Harley
J. Earl Trophy.
Dale Earnhardt's resume heading into the 1998 Daytona 500 read as
follows: 7 NASCAR Championships, 70 Winston Cup wins, and 30 wins at
Daytona International Speedway. So what was left for Dale to
accomplish at Daytona? Win the Daytona 500! Author Rick Houston
examines every Daytona 500 in which Dale competed from 1979 to 2001
with fresh interviews from crew chiefs Doug Richert, Kirk
Shelmerdine, Andy Petree, Bobby Hutchens, Larry McReynolds, and
Kevin Hamlin. Competitors, rivals, crewmembers, and friends
(including Bill Elliott, Sterling Marlin, Ken Schrader, Geoff
Bodine, Darrell Waltrip, Danny "Chocolate" Myers, Greg Moore,
Derrike Cope, and Junior Johnson) also offer their thoughts and
recollections in this thrilling year-by-year recap of the
Intimidator's efforts to win the Great American Race.
Never before have Dale's attempts to win the Daytona 500 been
chronicled in one publication with this amount of detail and under
such intense scrutiny. From the Dale and Dale show, to the seagull,
to the last-lap heartaches, you ride shotgun with Rick Houston as he
takes you around-and-around in Dale vs Daytona:
The Intimidator's Quest to Conquer the Great American Race.
Hard cover, 240 pp., 113 color & B&W photos.
Original Price: $24.95
Drivers and Personalities, Vol. 2
by Gerald Hodges
Gerald Hodges’ views on and experiences with NASCAR greats,
including Bobby Hamilton, Bobby Hamilton Jr., “Preacher” Hamilton,
James Hylton, Ernie Irvan, Lewis “Possum Jones, Fred Lorenzen, Coo
Coo Marlin, Sterling Marlin, Herschel McGriff, Marvin Panch, The
Petty family: Lee Petty, Richard Petty, Kyle Petty, Adam Petty and
Maurice Petty, Marty Robbins, Bruton Smith, Sal Tovella, Joe
Weatherly, Bob Welborn, and Cale Yarborough.
Soft cover, 290 pages, B&W photos.
Timber on the
Moon: The Curtis Turner Story
by Dr. D.L Morris
This is a scanned reprint of an original copy of Dr. Morris’s
book on Turner.
The two were close friends, and it appears
that Doc was doing his best to shine a favorable light on his
hell-raising, women-chasing compadre.
That said, Turner was
undoubtedly one of the greatest drivers and most colorful characters
in the early NASCAR era, and for those interested in NASCAR history,
this long-out-of-print book is worth revisiting.
NASCAR's Greatest Race: The
1992 Hooters 500
by Rick Houston
Few races have captured the imagination of racing fans
as the 1992 Hooters 500 held at Atlanta Motor Speedway. On November
15, 1992, the entire NASCAR racing community tuned in to watch as
six drivers strapped in for a chance to win the NASCAR Winston Cup.
And what a race it was. Heading into Atlanta, Davey Allison, Bill
Elliott, and Alan Kulwicki each had a real shot at winning the
championship. On the track, Allison was in and out of contention
until trouble found him, which left Elliott and Kulwicki to race for
the title in a nail-biting finale. And who could have imagined that
a young Jeff Gordon would take the handoff from Richard Petty on
Author Rick Houston has gathered new interviews
from Bill Elliott, Paul Andrews, Larry McReynolds, Jeff Gordon,
Richard Petty, Ray Evernham, Rick Mast, Brett Bodine, Kyle Petty,
and Tim Brewer. They all give fresh recollections and new
information on the events leading up to and including the 1992
With NASCAR’s Greatest Race: The 1992
Hooters 500 you can relive one of the closest championship
contests in NASCAR history, while learning new details about how the
entire season culminated in a single lap to determine the title!
Hard cover, 224 pages, 93 color & 26 B&W photos
JEFF GORDON: His
Dream, Drive & Destiny
by Joe Garner
first-ever authorized biography of Jeff Gordon, the four-time
champion racing legend. For over a year, Garner interviewed and
observed Gordon at races, special events, and at home.
book is based on extensive interviews with Gordon – as well as
in-depth interviews with dozens of family members, friends,
competitors, and colleagues, some of whom have never gone on the
record before. Jeff speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about
his childhood, his much publicized divorce, those he competed
against, his family, and life after racing.
illustrated hard cover biography will allow privileged access to a
wealth of exclusive unseen and rare material from Gordon’s personal
photo and memorabilia collection. Gordon’s meteoric rise through
racing’s ranks is a classic American success story.
will find inspiration in Gordon’s candid take on his pivotal life
Hard cover, 192 pages, fully illustrated with
color and B&W photos and other illustrations. Will be released
October 18. Pre-order before October 15 for free shipping.
Remembering the Kid
Compiled and Edited by Bones Bourcier
Rivals, teammates, friends and family members
recall one of the Northeast’s most popular drivers, whose
spectacular Modified career – he won from New England to Florida –
was followed by a NASCAR Cup Series victory at Talladega and Rookie
of the Year honors at stock car racing’s highest level.
Contributors include Modified icons Bugs Stevens and George Summers,
legendary car owners Bob Johnson and Bob Judkins, NASCAR Cup winners
Geoff Bodine and Ricky Rudd, broadcasters Jack Arute and Mike Joy,
and many more.
All share personal memories of Ronnie B., who
had a smile made for victory lane and enough raw talent to get him
Soft cover, 228 pages, B&W photos.
By Ernie Saxton, correspondent
Bucks County PA Courier
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
America’s Racing Trinity
by Bones Bourcier
Forewords by John Andretti & Dave Despain
Twenty years after they hung up
their helmets, their names remain synonymous with the sport they
carried to new heights. A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, and Richard Petty
rose to fame just as the American media – print, radio, and,
crucially, television – began to legitimize auto racing. The timing
was perfect. In Foyt, Andretti, and Petty, the nation found
characters as compelling as any in sports or entertainment.
Foyt was all
Texas, John Wayne in a fireproof suit, stomping into Victory Lanes
from Indianapolis to Le Mans. Andretti, who’d sailed from Italy with
his family at age 15, struck for all outsiders the same yes-you-can
chord sounded by another Italian-American, the great Frank Sinatra.
Petty, the genial North Carolinian who signed autographs until the
last fan went home, put a smiling Andy Griffith face on the American
South, no small feat in the tumultuous ’60s.
They crossed paths
often, on the track and in the headlines. Take 1967, which opened
with Andretti beating NASCAR’s best at Daytona, peaked with Foyt’s
third Indianapolis 500 win, and ended with a record 27 victories for
Petty. Or the three-season stretch from 1977-79, during which Foyt
became the first four-time Indy winner, Andretti earned the World
Driving Championship, and Petty captured a landmark Daytona 500.
throttled back their careers in near-unison, Petty in 1992, Foyt in
’93, Andretti in ’94. Today all three are revered; as they walk
through crowded pit areas, people step back to make way. Charisma
This is no mere three-act biography. Laced with quotes from
first-hand interviews with Foyt, Petty, Andretti, and their peers,
and spiced with period accounts from the motorsports world and the
changing social landscape, this is award-winning author Bones
Bourcier’s history of modern American automobile racing as refracted
through the lives of three extraordinary champions.
cover, 348 pages, 24 pages of B&W photos.
Larry McReynolds: The
Constant Pursuit of Perfection
McReynolds's autobiography covers his life from his birth in
Birmingham, Alabama, to becoming a top-ranked NASCAR crew chief to
success as a broadcasting icon. His inspiring story, which
illuminates his faith and determination on both sides of the camera,
as well as the struggles he has faced and overcome, continues to
touch the hearts of millions.
Larry's NASCAR career began in
1975, then working his way up the ladder to take his first crew
chief job in 1985. His first win as a crew chief came in 1988 at
Watkins Glen with driver Ricky Rudd and he continued as a winning
crew chief for the 1992 Daytona 500 with driver Davey Allison in the
Robert Yates Racing #28 car.
He joined Richard Childress Racing
in 1997 and helped NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt win the 1998 Daytona
At the end of the 2000 season, Larry made a difficult
decision to leave RCR and venture into the Fox Sports broadcast
booth with Mike Joy and three-time Winston Cup champion Darrell
Waltrip. The three have worked together since the 2001 season,
serving as commentators for many NASCAR races. Larry McReynolds
currently serves as a racing analyst on FOX SPORTS and FOX SPORTS 1
and a columnist on FOXsports.com.
Soft cover, 198 pages.
The Full-Throttle Saga of NASCAR's First Family
by Jay Busbee
A colorful, fearless portrait of the
larger-than-life first family of NASCAR, the Earnhardts, and the
rise of the world’s fastest stock car racing organization.
More than sixty years ago, Ralph
Earnhardt toiled in a cotton mill in his native North Carolina to
support his growing family. Weekends he could be found going pedal
to the metal at the dirt tracks, taking on the competition in the
early days of box car racing and becoming one of the best
short-track drivers in the state. His son, Dale Earnhardt Sr., would
become one of the greatest drivers of all time, and his grandson
Dale Jr, would become NASCAR’s most popular driver of the 2000s.
From a simple backyard garage, the Earnhardts reached the highest
echelons of professional stock car racing and became the stuff of
myth for fans.
Earnhardt Nation is the
story of this car-racing dynasty and the business that would make
them rich and famous—and nearly tear them apart. Covering all the
white-knuckle races, including the final lap at the Daytona 500 that
claimed the life of the Intimidator, Earnhardt Nation goes
deep into the fast-paced world of NASCAR, its royal family’s
obsession with speed, and their struggle with celebrity.
Busbee takes us deep inside the lives of these men and women who
shaped NASCAR. He delves into their personal and professional lives,
from failed marriages to rivalries large and small to complex and
competitive father-son relationships that have reverberated through
generations, and explores the legacy the Earnhardts struggle to
Hard cover, 352 pages.
BUD MOORE’S RIGHT HAND MAN:
A NASCAR Team
Manager’s Career at
by Greg Moore with Perry Allen Wood
Foreword by Leonard Wood
Greg Moore is one of three sons of NASCAR Hall of Famer Bud
Moore. Greg lived in an auto racer's world in which his father's
cars and drivers won dozens of races and back-to-back championships.
Those drivers were Greg's friends, and two died in racing crashes
within a year when he was 6 to 7 years old.
racing over college and went to work in his father's business,
staying there for the next 25 years. He worked especially with
racing engines and became team manager for such winning drivers as
Bobby Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Ricky Rudd and Geoff Bodine until Bud
Moore Engineering was sold in 2000. Greg accompanies his father
everywhere making personal appearances.
recollections of a life that others could only dream of, from
childhood to adulthood, gives fascinating insight into the world of
big-time stock car racing.
Soft cover, 240
BUD MOORE: Memoir of a Country Mechanic
from D-Day to NASCAR Glory
by Bud Moore with Perry
NASCAR's pioneers, Bud Moore won countless races in the sport's
early rough and tumble days. In almost four decades as a car owner,
he was victorious at the Daytona 500, the Southern 500–three
times–and at dozens of other NASCAR events, and won three Grand
National Division championships, a Grand American championship and
the Sports Car Club of America Trans-Am championship. He was
inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011, with 63 wins and 43
The cars built by Bud Moore
Engineering have been raced by some of America's most talented
drivers, including Buck Baker, Bobby Allison, Dan Gurney, Parnelli
Jones, Tiny Lund, David Pearson, Buddy Baker, Fireball Roberts and
many others. Moore continuously sought to improve his machines,
making them not only faster but safer, and many of his innovations
were quickly adopted throughout NASCAR and by the auto industry.
This is Moore's story in his own
words, covering his early life in Depression-era Spartanburg, South
Carolina, his combat experience during the Invasion of Normandy, his
racing career, and his family life and retirement as a gentleman
farmer. Many never-before-seen photos are included.
cover, 212 pages.
Flat Out and Half Turned
Over: Tales from Pit Road with Buddy Baker
by Buddy Baker and
Driving phenomenon Buddy Baker details the most hilarious
collection of racing stories, memories, and anecdotes ever
Read about the bumps and brawls; the blood,
sweat, and tears; and the practical jokes that happen behind the
scenes from the very drivers, owners, crew chiefs, and pit crew that
make up the heart and soul of stock car racing.
book, readers will find names like Fireball Roberts, Buck Baker, A.
J. Foyt, Cale Yarborough, and Tiny Lund, along with racing icons
Petty and Earnhardt.
A must-read for racing buffs of all
Hard cover, 192 pages.
Big Bill: The Life and Times of NASCAR Founder Bill
by H.A. Branham
The first major authorized biography of
Bill France Sr.
Big Bill is the
consummate "insider" book on the life and legend of NASCAR founder
Bill France and tells the tale of a classic American success story.
France Sr. brought his family to Daytona Beach, Florida, in 1934,
put down roots and immersed himself in the business of racing, both
as a driver and an owner.
Nicknamed "Big Bill"
because of his 6-foot-5 stature, he made significant contributions
to the racing world: He founded NASCAR in December 1947, built
Daytona International Speedway in 1959 and Talladega Superspeedway
in 1969, and he landed the landmark R.J. Reynolds/Winston
sponsorship deal in 1971 that not only transformed NASCAR but also
transformed corporate sponsorship of sports in America.
The France family has
spent the last 30 years gathering a vast collection of files and
material about their family patriarch and has turned over countless
interviews – both written and taped – as well as NASCAR documents,
memorabilia, memos, letters and various other materials to the
author for this definitive biography.
offers NASCAR fans a rich, entertaining, emotional, and detailed
story about America's most recognized and admired racing family.
Hard cover, 368 pages.
Holman Moody: The Legendary Race Team,
by Tom Cotter and Al Pearce
edition of the highly detailed, illustrated book by well-known
author Tom Cotter, who recounts the colorful story of two
hardworking car guys who built one of the largest race teams in
history. With 256 lush pages of photography by Don Hunter and
others, the book is a look back at the racing factory that fielded
stock cars, GT40s, drag cars, race boats, and the Can-Am racer
The list of drivers who raced behind the wheel of
Holman Moody cars is an all-star cast that includes Mario Andretti,
Dan Gurney, Fred Lorenzen, Donnie Allison, and David Pearson. At its
peak, Holman Moody employed more than 300 people. The builders and
tuners who started at Holman Moody went on to become race team
owners and some of the best-known engine tuners in the business,
including Robert Yates, Waddell Wilson and many more.
cover, 256 pages.
Donnie Allison: As I Recall...
Allison with Jimmy Creed
Donnie Allison was always the "other" brother of the famous NASCAR
Overshadowed by Bobby, Donnie often did not get his due
for being an outstanding racer in his own right.
Many stories make
the rounds about Donnie Allison and often when they are re-told, the
circumstances aren’t related the way Donnie recalls them. That’s why
he wanted to do a book. "I’ve got lots of stories to tell, and I
want to tell them the way I remember them," Donnie says. Now he’s
done just that.
Hard cover, 224 pages, 8-page photo insert
Back in Print!
The Fast Life and Remarkable Times of NASCAR's Top Gun
by David Poole
Richmond was, said fellow NASCAR driver Kyle Petty, "a stranger in
time." In one regard, the flashy, flamboyant driver from Ashland,
Ohio, was years ahead of the trends in a sport that would soon enjoy
explosive growth in popularity. Women who were NASCAR fans loved him
– and so did their husbands and boyfriends. Richmond believed he
could use his stardom in racing as a springboard to a second career
as an actor, and he had the Hollywood good looks to make that a
realistic dream. At the same time, Richmond was also a throwback. He
pushed his race cars hard, too hard at times, driving every lap like
he was hauling moonshine through the mountains of the Carolinas with
a revenuer on his rear bumper.
Those who saw him drive still
compare him to veterans like Curtis Turner and Joe Weatherly, who
ran as hard off the track as they did off of it. In the early 1980s,
however, Richmond stood out. He was not from the South; he had not
grown up slinging a stock car through the dirt on red-clay ovals. He
had, in fact, never raced at all until he was twenty-one. And just
ten years later, after making a splash in the Indianapolis 500 as a
rookie, he was emerging as one of the brightest stars and greatest
talents in NASCAR's Winston Cup Series.
Richmond's star was bright, but its light went out too soon. As he
neared stock car racing's zenith, Richmond's life took a tragic
turn. A man who thrived on the affection he felt from those who
enjoyed watching him compete spent his final months almost
completely shut off from that world. Tim Richmond: The Fast Life
and Remarkable Times of NASCAR's Top Gun tells the memorable
story of a born racer and how he raced headlong through life with
the throttle wide open and his wheels burning rubber at almost every
Soft cover, 208 pages, 16 B&W photos.
Crew Chief's Son
by Michael L. Clements
memoir, Michael Clements recounts growing up in the early days of
stock car racing. From 1957 through 1965, his father, Louie,
traveled the NASCAR circuit, bringing his wife and five children
along to every race.
Owner and crew chief for champion
driver Rex White, Louie introduced many mechanical innovations still
used in NASCAR today, and his children grew up on the road between
races, befriending many racing legends along the way.
Clements' memoir is full of stories about NASCAR's early era and the
men and women who built the sport. It includes a wealth of
never-before-seen photographs from his personal collection.
304 pages, B&W photos.
Bud Moore: Man and Machine
by Dr. John A. Crafts
Moore is legendary in racing circles as a crew chief and car owner
who helped achieve wins for some of NASCAR's greatest drivers. But
there's a whole lot more to the story. Bud Moore: Man and Machine
reveals the hidden story behind the legend. As Buz McKim recounts in
the book’s Foreword, “Bud Moore brought his gifts to the fledging
sport of NASCAR with class, grace and sportsmanship seldom seen in
his or any generation. His machines featured the greatest drivers
and won the biggest races, no matter what type of racing was
interested in the roots of superspeedway racing and the drivers,
mechanics and cars that created that history will find this a
fascinating, as well as beautiful, book.
Hard cover, 416
pages, 200+ black & white and color photos throughout.
Stock Car Independents
by Perry Allen Wood
Independent stock car racers rarely won, often crashed, and flirted
with death constantly, all for less money and fame than the
money-backed star drivers of their day. This book includes
interviews with 12 independent racers, including Curtis "Crawfish"
Crider, "Jackhandle Joe" Frasson, and Gene "The Racing Marine"
Hobby, among others.
Laying the foundation for stock car
racing as we know it, most of these racers plied their trade during
the sport’s early years, when racing required little more than a
helmet and a great deal of courage. Readers will discover how each
of these men managed to survive and stand out in their sport,
despite running on second-hand or inferior equipment, receiving
little to no outside support, and, in many cases, holding down
another job off-track.
The book is supplemented with 126
photographs, many from the personal collections of the author and
Soft cover, 264 pages, 126 B&W photos.
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The Wendell Scott Story
By Brian Donovan
“In this excellent biography, Donovan, a Pulitzer Prize-winning
newspaper reporter and seasoned race car driver, recounts the
overlooked life of Wendell Scott, the one-time Danville, Va.,
moonshine runner who broke the color barrier in stock-car racing in
1952 and competed for more than 20 years in a sport dominated by
Southern whites... Donovan's writing is well-paced and measured,
clearly depicting the complex atmosphere of race relations in the
segregated South. His extensive reporting, including interviews with
Scott before he died in 1990, combined with his descriptive and
enjoyable prose about racing, make this book a deeply compelling
(starred review) Publishers Weekly.
Soft Cover, 328 pages, 8-page B&W photo insert.
MIRACLE: Bobby Allison and the Saga of the
by Peter Golenbock
This book chronicles the great success and injuries to brothers
Bobby and Donnie Allison, followed by the tragic deaths of Bobby's
two sons Clifford and Davey. On top of that Bobby and Judy divorced
under the pressure of all that pain. But then -- miraculously -- at
the end they found each other again and remarried, and Bobby's
mental faculties returned. It's an amazing story, and when you read
about it from Bobby and Judy's perspective, as well as that of the
rest of the Alabama gang and their families, well, you can never say
that miracles don't happen. In this book, we learn a lot more about
not only Bobby, Donnie, brother Eddie, Davey, Clifford, Neil Bonnett,
and Red Farmer, but a lifetime's worth of crew chiefs, car owners,
and NASCAR officials, as well as such competitors as Junior Johnson,
Darrell Waltrip, Buddy Baker, and Dale Earnhardt.
Soft cover, 416 pages
by Godwin Kelly
Ray Fox was a contemporary of Smokey Yunick and many of the other
greats of stock car racing.
He won lots of races building cars for
household names such as Junior Johnson and Fireball Roberts.
is one of the last of the lving legends from the early days of
Hard cover, 73 photos, 180 pages.
Best Damn Garage in Town
By Smokey Yunick
Here it is — the real Smokey story in his own words.
Read about one of the most colorful and successful
technical innovators in racing history, from flying a
B-17 in WWII, to his early NASCAR days, Winston Cup
wins, and Indianapolis adventures.
A three volume set, over 1,100 pages
The New “Pocket Smokey” Best
Damn Garage in Town—My Life & Adventures
by Smokey Yunick
It's been a number of years and thousands of
copies sold since Best Damn Garage in Town…The World According
to Smokey was first published.
The Racer's Edition has
sold very well and gotten the real stories of racing to a lot of
The “Pocket Smokey” is friendlier to your
pocketbook at $29.95. It has all the same stories but not all the
photos of the original.
If you're a Smokey fan, you'll still
want the Racer's Edition ($95.00 above). If you're a race fan, then
this is the version for you!
Soft cover, 7.5" x 9", 650
Fireball: Legends Don't Fall
From the Sky
By Godwin Kelly
This is not a racing book.
is the story of an complex and amazing individual
who happened to be one of the greatest race car
drivers of his time.
The glory days of racing serve
as the back drop for a stormy love triangle that was
the talk of the tiny resort village of Daytona Beach
during the late 50's and early '60s.
Soft cover, 7” x 9”, 212 pages.