1001 NASCAR Facts: Cars, Tracks, Milestones, Personalities

SANDS OF TIME: Celebrating 100
Years of Racing

Dodge Daytona & Plymouth Superbird: Design, Development, Production and Competition

Big Bill: The Life and Times of NASCAR Founder
Bill France Sr.


The Ghosts of NASCAR

Official NASCAR
Trivia Book

100 Things NASCAR
Fans Should Know & Do
Before They Die

The Great Book of

The Official History

SECOND 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

Silent Partner

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

NASCAR Essential:
Everything You Need
to Know to be a Real Fan!

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Price: $24.95

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.

Besides 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 speedways.

This new book is a must-read for any NASCAR, Stock Car Racing, or American Motorsports fan.

Soft cover, 376 pages, 125 black& white photos.

Price: $19.95

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.

Each 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 Racing."

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.

Price: $39.95

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 street trim.

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 library.

Hard cover, color and B&W photos, 204 pages.

Price: $27.9518

Price: $27.95
Big Bill: The Life and Times of NASCAR Founder Bill France Sr.

by H.A. Branham

The first major authorized biography of
NASCAR founder, 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.

Big Bill offers NASCAR fans a rich, entertaining, emotional, and detailed story about America's most recognized and admired racing family.

Hard cover, 368 pages.

Price: $24.95

One Woman’s Journey to Understanding the Phenomenon of NASCAR

by Carole Townsend

In 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 NASCAR phenomenon.

Hard cover, 240 pages.

Price: $19.95

The 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 race.

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.

The Harlan 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.

Price: $16.95

Official NASCAR Trivia Book: With 1001 Facts and Questions to Test Your Racing Knowledge

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 championships?

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 assembled.

Soft cover, 448 pages

Price: $14.95

100 Things NASCAR Fans Should Know
& Do Before They Die

by Mike Hembree

Detailing 65 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 fan handbook.

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.

Price: $14.95

The Great Book of NASCAR Lists

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 more.

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 pages.

Price: $24.95
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SECOND TO NONE: The History of the
NASCAR Busch Series

by Rick Houston

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.

 (2001) Soft cover, 176 pp.

Price: $25.00
NASCAR 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 B&W photos,
144 pages.

Price: $21.95

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 recognition.

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 controversial.

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.

Price: $24.95

Racing While Black - How an African-American Stock Car Team Made Its Mark on NASCAR

by Leonard T. Miller and
Andrew Simon

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.

Orig. $29.95
Special: $21.95

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.

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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 Billboard.

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 business.

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 devoted fans.

Hard cover, 320 pages.

Price: $35.00

All Around the Track: Oral Histories of Drivers, Mechanics, Officials, Owners, Journalists and Others in Motorsports Past and Present

by Anne B. Jones and Rex White

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.

Price: $19.95

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.