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.
NONE: The History of the
NASCAR Busch Series
NASCAR’s Busch Series (now Nationwide) was always about racing hard
and having fun doing it.
In the two decades after it grew
out of the long-running Late Model Sportsman Series, the Busch
circuit became famous as a training ground for future Cup stars like
Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Bobby Labonte, and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
The series also fostered some legendary rivalries, starting with
Sam Ard and Jack Ingram in its earliest years.
Soft cover, 176 pp.
LIVE FREE, DRIVE FAST
Behind the Scenes at New Hampshire International Speedway
by Allen Lessels
Allen Lessels’ book, subtitled “Behind the Scenes at the New
Hampshire International Speedway", is not an average racing book.
Uncommonly well-written, it gives the reader 22 different
perspectives on the Nextel Cup facility, its owners and competitors,
its history, its fans, and its community impact. Among the
personalities covered in depth are Bob and Gary Bahre, Ricky Craven,
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Tony Stewart, Ted Christopher, Maury Dumas, and
Soft cover. 200 pages, black & white photos.
Atlanta Motor Speedway:
By Kathy Persinger
Speedway: A Weekend at the Track chronicles the storied
tradition of Atlanta Motor Speedway with a brief
introductory history and then launch into the story of
what it takes to produce a race worthy of national
television coverage. Take an insider's look at
everything from painting the grass and walls of the
track to the celebration In Victory Lane.
1/2” x 11”, 128 pages
Color and black & white photos