Charlotte Motor Speedway History:
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.
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.
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
Dover International Speedway:
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
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.
began on May 23, 1968, and was completed on September 13, 1969. The
end result is the most modern speedway ever built.
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
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
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
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.
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.