NASCAR Facts: Cars, Tracks, Milestones, Personalities
OF TIME: Celebrating 100
Daytona & Plymouth Superbird: Design, Development, Production and
Bill: The Life and Times of NASCAR Founder
Bill France Sr.
SWEET TEA, AND EXHAUST
Ghosts of NASCAR
Know & Do
Before They Die
Great Book of
TO NONE: The History of the
NASCAR Busch Series
NASCAR Then & Now
Real NASCAR: White Lightning, Red Clay,
and Big Bill France
Growing Up NASCAR:
Racing's Most Outrageous Promoter Tells All
Racing While Black
- How an African-American Stock Car Team Made
Its Mark on NASCAR
THE 200-MPH BILLBOARD -
The Inside Story of How Big Money Changed NASCAR
ALL Around the Track:
Oral Histories of Drivers, Mechanics, Officials, Owners, Journalists and
Others in Motorsports Past and Present
Everything You Need
to Know to be a Real Fan!
1001 NASCAR Facts:
Cars, Tracks, Milestones, Personalities
by John Close
NASCAR expert John Close covers 65 years of American Motorsports
history in an informative and entertaining new book.
providing a wealth of fascinating racing facts, this book also
includes dozens of rare photos that take the reader from the famous
"Beach Course" at Daytona to the high banks of today's NASCAR super
This new book is a must-read for any NASCAR,
Stock Car Racing, or American Motorsports fan.
376 pages, 125 black& white photos.
SANDS OF TIME:
Celebrating 100 Years of Racing
by William P Lazarus
The Sands of Time takes
readers on a wild ride through a century of action, from the first
makeshift race in 1903 to the incredible panorama of the 2003
Daytona 500. Each aspect of the story is accented with colorful
anecdotes, featuring the cultured drivers of the early 1900s,
jauntily racing against the clock in immaculate uniforms and scarves
waving in the breeze, to the roughnecks from the Southern woods, who
found themselves in jail as often as Victory Lane, to today's famous
athletes who dare the famed high banks at speeds close to 200 mph.
chapter includes additional details on such topics as women drivers,
sponsors and prize money, as well as the origin of race flags,
development of tires and the sites of forgotten tracks. This book is
extensively illustrated with rarely seen photos drawn from
Motorsports Images & Archives, the largest single collection of race
photography in the world.
The account is centered in Daytona
Beach, a small Florida community that hosted the first race in 1903
and has come to embody motorsports in this country. Virtually every
prominent driver in the past raced on its hard-packed sand. Today,
historic Daytona International Speedway remains "The World Center of
Written for a general audience, The Sands of
Time brings to life an entire era, filled with colorful
personalities and exciting on-track events that help explain why
racing is now the largest spectator sport in America.
Coastal 181 Note: This is a reprint of the original hard cover
title that has long been out of print. The information is valuable
and the photos extensive, but the quality of photo reproduction is
not equal to the original. For those interested in the history of
stock car racing and particularly in the Southeast, however, the
book is well worth its price.
Soft cover, 182 pages.
Dodge Daytona &
Plymouth Superbird: Design, Development,
Production and Competition
by Steve Lehto
In the fiercely competitive world of
NASCAR, every manufacturer was looking for a competitive edge. Ford
and Chrysler turned their attention to the aerodynamics of their
race cars, resulting
in a brief era affectionately called the Aero Wars. During the
height of this competition, Chrysler and Ford produced, among other
things, cars with radically altered grilles and tail sections.
Mandated by the series to produce production versions, these exotic
beasts became some of the most costly, creative, and collectible
machines ever assembled in Detroit, whether in race trim or in stock
Author Steve Lehto gives a thorough and detailed account of
the history of this battle that culminated with the final wars
between the Ford Talladega/Mercury Cyclone and the Dodge
Daytona/Plymouth Superbird. The story of Richard Petty's defection
from Plymouth, the mighty Hemi, and the creation of the street
version of these cars all come to light in this all-encompassing
tale of Chrysler climbing the ladder to NASCAR supremacy.
Dodge Daytona and Plymouth Superbird:
Design, Development, Production and Competition delivers a
blow-by-blow account of the biggest races between FoMoCo and
Chrysler, along with telling the rich stories of the development of
these cars. If you are a fan of NASCAR, or just love outrageous
muscle cars, this richly detailed and well-illustrated account of a
fascinating era of performance will be a valued addition to your
Hard cover, color and B&W photos, 204 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.
SWEET TEA, AND EXHAUST:
Journey to Understanding the Phenomenon of NASCAR
by Carole Townsend
Magnolias, Sweet Tea, and Exhaust, Carole Townsend goes to
ground with NASCAR, following the races at Southern tracks from one
to the next, learning about the sport and the culture of NASCAR as
she goes. Townsend meets and interviews top drivers as well as some
of NASCAR’s rising stars, legends, team owners, pit crews, and fans.
In a display of immersion journalism at its best, Townsend takes a
ride in one of the cars on a track at race speed, tours the
multimillion dollar garages in North Carolina, learns from
mechanics, mingles with fans, and participates in the much-coveted
infield camping party at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Gaining
behind-the-scenes access at races, she experiences up close the
dedication, competition, and precision of NASCAR teams during
qualifying trials and races.
Some of the
interviews and viewpoints included in the book are 2013 NASCAR Hall
of Fame nominee Rex White (the 1960 NASCAR Grand National Champion),
David Ragan (winner of the 2013 Talladega May race) and his pit crew
chief Jay Guy, top contender Clint Bowyer, and driver Johanna Long,
the 20-year-old Nationwide Series phenomenon. Team owner Michael
Waltrip and 16-year-old rising star Mason Massey also talk with
Townsend about the sport’s popularity, its changing face, and
today’s challenges. Townsend also covers NASCAR and its “good old
boy” roots in bootlegging, as well as Southern food and hospitality
as represented by that great tradition—tailgating (a sport in
itself). She also discusses the fascinating evolution of NASCAR
racing rules and the growing popularity of NASCAR abroad.
This is a perfect book for the avid NASCAR
fan as well as the more casual fan looking to learn more about the
Hard cover, 240 pages.
Ghosts of NASCAR
by John Havick
Who won the
first Daytona 500? Fans still debate whether it was Midwestern
champion Johnny Beauchamp, declared the victor at the finish line,
or longtime NASCAR driver Lee Petty, declared the official winner a
few days after the race. The Ghosts of NASCAR puts the controversial
finish under a microscope. Author John Havick interviewed scores of
people, analyzed film of the race, and pored over newspaper accounts
of the event. He uses this information and his deep knowledge of the
sport as it worked then to determine what probably happened. But he
also tells a much bigger story: the story of how Johnny
Beauchamp—and his Harlan, Iowa, compatriots, mechanic Dale Swanson
and driver Tiny Lund—ended up in Florida driving in the 1959 Daytona
The Ghosts of
NASCAR details how the Harlan Boys turned to racing cars to have fun
and to escape the limited opportunities for poor boys in rural
southwestern Iowa. As auto racing became more popular and better
organized in the 1950s, Swanson, Lund, and Beauchamp battled dozens
of rivals and came to dominate the sport in the Midwest. By the
later part of the decade, the three men were ready to take on the
competition in the South’s growing NASCAR circuit. One of the top
mechanics of the day, Swanson literally wrote the book on race cars
at Chevrolet’s clandestine racing shop in Atlanta, Georgia, while
Beauchamp and Lund proved themselves worthy competitors. It all came
to a head on the brand-new Daytona track in 1959.
Boys’ long careers and Midwestern racing in general have largely
faded from memory. The Ghosts of NASCAR recaptures it all: how they
negotiated the corners on dirt tracks and passed or spun out their
opponents; how officials tore down cars after races to make sure
they conformed to track rules; the mix of violence and camaraderie
among fierce competitors; and the struggles to organize and regulate
the sport. One of very few accounts of 1950s Midwestern stock car
racing, The Ghosts of NASCAR is told by a man who was there during
the sport’s earliest days.
Soft cover, 226 pages.
Trivia Book: With 1001 Facts and Questions to Test Your Racing
by John C. Farrell
Where did Dale
Earnhardt make his famous “pass in the grass?” Who is the oldest
driver to win a NASCAR premier series race? Who has the most NASCAR
The answers to these questions and hundreds
more are all in The Official NASCAR Trivia Book. Filled
with facts and trivia to challenge all levels of racing knowledge,
from drivers and teams through the history of the sport and its
records, this is the most complete collection of NASCAR trivia ever
Soft cover, 448 pages
100 Things NASCAR Fans
& Do Before They Die
by Mike Hembree
years of NASCAR history, this lively book explores the
personalities, events, and facts every stock car racing fan should
know. Important nicknames, dates, and achievements round out this
A guide to all things NASCAR, the book also
includes a list of must-do NASCAR-related activities, such as making
a pilgrimage to the birthplace of Dale Earnhardt, exploring the
hidden gems of major racing venues, and visiting lesser-known
museums devoted to the sport.
Soft cover, 256 pages, B&W photos.
The Great Book of
by John and M.B. Roberts
Foreword by Kyle Petty
With more than
75 million fans, NASCAR is one of the world’s most popular sports.
Seasoned SPEED Channel broadcaster John Roberts tracks down the
answers to pressing questions, such as: What are the fastest tracks
on the circuit? Who had the longest winning streak? What were the
longest races? Who are the best female drivers of all time? And many
Each list has
an introductory paragraph followed by a number of ranked entries,
each featuring a brief explanation of ranking plus entertaining and
informative background information. Also included are original lists
contributed exclusively to this book by top personalities from the
world of NASCAR, including Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson,
Greg Biffle, and more.
Soft cover, 240
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.
Then & Now
by Ben White with photography by
Nigel Kinrade and Smyle Media
In this unique gallery book, historical shots of people,
cars, events, tracks, shops, and other NASCAR landmarks are paired
with comparable modern shots to present a fascinating review of
America's top motorsport.
See what Darlington
looked like when it was built in 1950 compared to what it looks like
now. Get a real sense of how pit stops have changed between 1949 and
today. Compare a Ford stock car from 1962 with one from 2009.
Nowhere else can NASCAR fans so graphically trace the
evolution of NASCAR’s growth from a humble but ambitious regional
sport into a multibillion-dollar American institution. Part
nostalgia, part celebration, this is the book every NASCAR fan will
want for his or her library.
Hard cover, color and
Real NASCAR: White Lightning,
Red Clay, and Big Bill France
by Daniel S. Pierce
In this history of the stock car racing circuit we now know as
NASCAR, Daniel Pierce offers a
revealing new look at the sport, from its postwar beginnings on
Daytona Beach and Piedmont dirt tracks, through the early 1970s when
the sport spread beyond its southern roots and gained national
Following NASCAR founder Big Bill France from his start as a
mechanic, Real NASCAR details the sport's genesis as it has
never been shown before. Pierce not only confirms the popular notion
of NASCAR's origins in bootlegging, but also establishes beyond a
doubt the close ties between organized racing and the illegal liquor
industry, a story that readers will find both fascinating and
Although France faced many challenges–including a fickle Detroit
that often seemed unsure of its support for the sport, safety issues
that killed star drivers and threatened its very existence, and
drivers who twice tried to unionize to gain a bigger piece of the
NASCAR pie–by the early 1970s France and his allies had laid a firm
foundation for what has become today a billion-dollar industry and
arguably the largest spectator sport in America.
Soft cover, 365 pages.
Black - How an African-American Stock Car Team Made Its Mark on
by Leonard T. Miller and
Starting a NASCAR team is hard work.
Starting a NASCAR team as an African American is even harder. These
are just a few of the lessons learned by Leonard T. Miller during
his decade and a half of running an auto racing program.
Fueled by more than the desire to win, Miller made it his goal to
create opportunities for black drivers in the vastly white, Southern
world of NASCAR. Racing While Black chronicles the travails of
selling marketing plans to skeptics and scraping by on the thinnest
of budgets, as well as the triumphs of speeding to victory and
changing the way racing fans view skin color. With his father—former
drag racer and longtime team owner Leonard W. Miller—along for the
ride, Miller journeys from the short tracks of the Carolinas to the
boardrooms of the “Big Three” automakers to find out that his
toughest race may be winning over the human race.
Leonard T. Miller is a second-generation African American auto
racing team owner. He has fielded teams in NASCAR and open-wheel
racing. Andrew Simon is a senior editor at ESPN The Magazine. His
writing has appeared in The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock &
Roll, VIBE, and Complex.
Hard cover, 320 pages.
ED OTTO - NASCAR’s Silent Partner
By Edgar Otto and Joann Biondi
The gripping story of a Yankee who worked alongside Bill France from
1949-1963, helping transform a scrappy group of guys into the most
successful racing organization in the world.
Full of photography and never-before-told
stories – some that will surprise historians. A rollicking ride
through the colorful early days of racing.
Hard Cover, 208 pages, 189 photos.
Original Price: $25.95
THE 200-MPH BILLBOARD -
The Inside Story
of How Big Money Changed NASCAR
by Mark Yost
What began on the dusty racetracks of
the rural South is now a world-class enterprise, as closely watched
by Wall Street as by hometown racing fans. How NASCAR grew from its
provincial roots to become a big business of international
proportions is the story Mark Yost tells in The 200-MPH
A seasoned sports and business reporter for the Wall Street Journal
and contributor to the New York Times and the Sports Business
Journal, Yost demystifies the economics and politics behind NASCAR
sponsorship. His book takes us behind the scenes of some of the
head-turning corporate deals that altered the way NASCAR does
From Junior Johnson’s contract with Darrell Waltrip and Mountain Dew
to deals between the likes of Dale Jr. and Budweiser, Tony Stewart
and Home Depot, NASCAR and Fox Television, this book clearly tracks
the subtle and not-so-subtle transformations that corporate
sponsorship has wrought in recent years. And it offers a rare
insiders look at what these changes have meant for NASCAR and its
Hard cover, 320 pages.
All Around the Track: Oral Histories of Drivers, Mechanics,
Officials, Owners, Journalists and Others in Motorsports Past and
by Anne B. Jones and Rex
From authors Anne Jones and former NASCAR champion Rex White, here
are oral histories of over 50 individuals from stock car and drag
racing’s not-so-distant past and present.
Rich with original interviews and previously unpublished material,
it includes drivers such as David Pearson, Junior Johnson, Bobby
Allison, Bob Glidden and Hubert Platt; mechanics and builders; track
crew; sportswriters; and owners such as Joe and J.D. Gibbs.
Features many photographs and a foreword by Atlanta Motor Speedway
President Ed Clark.
Soft cover, 256 pages, 62 photos.
NASCAR Essential: Everything You Need to Know to be a Real Fan!
by David Poole and Jim McLaurin
NASCAR is one of the world's most popular sports, and everything you
need to know about it is in NASCAR Essential: the heroes, the
villains, the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat, the great
races and devastating crashes.
Looking for a handy reference for milestones in NASCAR history? It's
here, as are the greatest moments and biggest disappointments, the
biggest goats and the biggest heroes, and all the personalities that
make NASCAR such an endearing and captivating sport: legendary
personalities such as Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, and Dale
Earnhardt, as well as today's and tomorrow's stars, such as Dale
Jr., Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, and Matt Kenseth.
Stories, Statistics, Facts, Figures anecdotes trivia and more!
Hard cover, 210 pages, black and white photos throughout.