Charlotte Motor
Speedway History:
From Granite to Gold

Dover International Speedway: The Monster Mile

Talladega Superspeedway

Darlington Raceway:
Too Tough To Tame

Pocono Raceway

Rockingham Speedway

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Price: $19.95

Charlotte Motor Speedway History:
From Granite to Gold

by Deb Williams

Engines roared at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the first time in 1960, and the track has been home to some of NASCAR's greatest races and most honored drivers ever since.

Despite early challenges, Bruton Smith and Humpy Wheeler took charge in 1975 and together sculpted one of the most famous racetracks in America as host of the Coca-Cola 600 and the Sprint All-Star race.

In 1992, the track became the first modern superspeedway to host night racing, and thousands of race fans watched their favorite drivers swap paint under the North Carolina night sky.

Get in the groove with racing journalist Deb Williams as she traces the history of the Charlotte Motor Speedway, with plenty of pit stops along the way.

Soft cover, 16-page color photo insert, 160 pages.

Price: $21.95

Dover International Speedway:
The Monster Mile

by Chad Culver

Foreword by Bobby Allison

In the fertile farmlands of Delaware, there is a monster—a one-mile, concrete oval that has earned a reputation for being one of the toughest NASCAR tracks since its first race in 1969.

Built upon a farmer’s field and airstrip, Dover International Speedway has a story filled with dreams and determination. From Richard Petty’s first win at the speedway in 1969 through today’s modern NASCAR heroes, “The Monster Mile” has witnessed some of racing’s most memorable moments and continues to provide some of the best racing in NASCAR to this day.

Many rare images have been gathered to provide a never-before-seen look at this historic speedway. Take a journey through time on one of the toughest, fastest, and most unique tracks ever built.

Soft cover, 128 pages.

Price: $21.95

Talladega Superspeedway

by Kent Whitaker

Originally named Alabama International Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway was built on the site of a World War II-era Air Force base in the heart of Alabama. NASCAR founder Bill France and his family envisioned a race track that would be faster, larger, and more exciting than any track built to date.

Construction began on May 23, 1968, and was completed on September 13, 1969. The end result is the most modern speedway ever built.

Often simply referred to as “Dega,” the track is 2.66 miles long, its high-banked turns are nearly three stories tall, and race cars have reached speeds over 200 miles per hour.

It is so popular that it is said to become one of the largest “temporary” cities in the state every race weekend.

Soft cover, 128 pages, 200 B&W photos.

Price: $21.95

Darlington Raceway: Too Tough To Tame

by Cathy Elliott

Some facilities are so special that they literally define their sport. Stock car racing as it is known today did not exist until one man, armed with a vision and a willingness to get his hands dirty, constructed a race track in the middle of a South Carolina peanut field. More than six decades later, Darlington Raceway is still considered one of the crown jewels of racing. "The Lady in Black" is home to the largest margin of victory in NASCAR history and its closest-ever finish. The legendary track has been the proving ground for every superstar of the sport.

Author Cathy Elliott considered NASCAR merely a "go fast, turn left" sport until seven years at the track "Too Tough to Tame" changed her mind. Formerly the director of public relations for Darlington Raceway, she writes a weekly syndicated NASCAR column and coauthored Chicken Soup for the Soul: NASCAR.

Soft cover, 128 pages.

Price: $21.95

Pocono Raceway

by Gene A. Card

The framework for the creation of Pocono Raceway began in the late 1950s, when a group of investors formed Racing Incorporated. In 1962, a spinach farm near Long Pond, Pennsylvania, was chosen as the site for the multifaceted racing complex. Construction on the track began in 1965, but progress moved very slowly. The three-quarter-mile oval portion of the facility was completed in 1968, but it was not until 1971 that the two-and-a-half-mile superspeedway was ready for competition. From its humble beginnings, Pocono Raceway has grown to attract great numbers of enthusiastic spectators to both of its NASCAR events each year.

Author Gene A. Card has assembled a collection of photographs from various sources, including the Pocono Raceway’s archives, to produce a pictorial history chronicling the raceway. Card, an avid sports researcher, photographer, and historian, has photographed various sporting events for over 40 years.

Soft cover, 128 pages.

Price: $21.95

Rockingham Speedway

by Rick Houston and Bryan Hallman

Located in the Sandhills region of North Carolina, Rockingham Speedway opened in 1965. The legendary Curtis Turner made his return to NASCAR with a victory in the track’s inaugural event in 1965, while local favorite Benny Parsons clinched the 1973 championship here. A 1994 victory at Rockingham secured that year’s NASCAR championship for Dale Earnhardt. It was his seventh title, tying Earnhardt with Richard Petty for most in the sport’s history. The facility, formerly known as North Carolina Motor Speedway and respectfully nicknamed “The Rock,” experienced a rebirth under the direction of new owner Andy Hillenburg. Rockingham Speedway showcases the rich NASCAR history of this North Carolina track.

Coauthors Rick Houston and Bryan Hallman provide a comprehensive pictorial history that covers both the track’s inception and recent revival. Houston has written or co-written six previous books. Hallman is a veteran award-winning photographer. Photographs in this book come mostly from Hallman’s vast archive as well as a number of private collections.

Soft cover, 128 pages.