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WINNING IN REVERSE:
Defying the Odds and Achieving
Dreams - The Bill Lester
Lester with Jonathan Ingram
dramatic story of Bill Lester, one of the best-known NASCAR drivers
in history--and a pioneer whose determination and spirit has paved
the way for a new generation of racers.
Entering NASCAR at
age 40, Bill was blessed with natural talent but had a trifecta of
odds against him: he was Black, he was middle-aged, and he wasn't a
southerner. Bill Lester rose above it all, as did his rankings. He
made history time and time again, becoming the first African
American to race in NASCAR's Busch Series, the first to participate
in the Nextel Cup and the first to win a Pole in the NASCAR
Craftsman Truck Series.
WINNING IN REVERSE, Bill reveals how he came to love working on
muscle cars as a child, racing in the streets as a teenager,
pursuing amateur racing and then finally transitioning to the pros.
Readers will be inspired by Bill's inspirational and encouraging
voice and the conviction that fills each page.
you are contemplating a career or lifestyle change, challenging
social norms, or struggling against prejudice or bigotry,
WINNING IN REVERSE is a story for sports fans and readers
everywhere about the power of perseverance in the face of adversity.
A Little Bit
Sideways: Battling Giants
in NASCAR's Golden Age
Foreword by Kenny Wallace
Originally published in 1999, Scott Huler and Kenny Wallace have
taken a look back at the original release, added a Foreword and let
us recall what it was like to race in NASCAR's "glory days."
You will spend a tumultuous week behind the scenes with Wallace
and the Square D guys as their independently funded team fights to
compete with the best of the best in the 1990s. This rambunctious
tour takes you into the driver's seat, the parties, the race shop,
the broadcast booth, and beyond, providing a look at the sport
during the height of NASCAR popularity. As Jeff Gordon, Dale
Earnhardt, Dale Jarrett and other legends fight for the
championship, Kenny Wallace and the Square D team battle to qualify
and stay relevant in an era when a spot in Sunday's show was hotly
contested and not guaranteed.
Huler spent months with the team so he could chronicle how stock car
racing works through the window of the 1997 races at Martinsville
and Charlotte Motor Speedway. The result is a dramatic read that
offers insight on the inner workings of a NASCAR team, from tire and
gas strategy to engineering, car set-up, and the fine points of a
fabulous pit stop.
Throughout the book, the author captures
Wallace's passionate personality and takes the reader into all
corners of NASCAR racing, from tech inspections and RVs in the
infield to cocktail parties and banging fenders on the track.
In A Little Bit Sideways, author Scott Huler goes
over the wall and does for NASCAR what Roger Angell did for
baseball, David Foster Wallace did for tennis, and Hunter S.
Thompson did for the Kentucky Derby--capture the soul of the sport
with gritty, honest reporting of its colorful characters and
Soft Cover, 316 pages.
I WAS A NASCAR REDNECK
Recollections of the transformation of a Yankee farm boy to a
Southern redneck in the Golden Era of NASCAR and beyond
by Will Cronkrite
Will Cronkrite was at the heart of NASCAR during its golden years.
As a car builder, crew chief, and team owner he was responsible for
numerous race car innovations, as well as launching the careers of
such greats as Ricky Rudd and Dale Earnhardt Sr.
Foreword by H.A. “Humpy” Wheeler
In this surprisingly candid memoir, Cronkrite opens
up the shop door to his life and invites you in with fast-paced and
often humorous tales that take you from NASCAR to Hollywood and
back, with countless adventures in between.
Soft cover, 611
pp., 145 photos.
The Full-Throttle Saga of NASCAR's First Family
by Jay Busbee
A colorful, fearless portrait of the larger-than-life
first family of NASCAR, the Earnhardts, and the rise of the world’s
fastest stock car racing organization.
More than sixty years ago, Ralph
Earnhardt toiled in a cotton mill in his native North Carolina to
support his growing family. Weekends he could be found going pedal
to the metal at the dirt tracks, taking on the competition in the
early days of box car racing and becoming one of the best
short-track drivers in the state. His son, Dale Earnhardt Sr., would
become one of the greatest drivers of all time, and his grandson
Dale Jr, would become NASCAR’s most popular driver of the 2000s.
From a simple backyard garage, the Earnhardts reached the highest
echelons of professional stock car racing and became the stuff of
myth for fans.
Earnhardt Nation is the
story of this car-racing dynasty and the business that would make
them rich and famous—and nearly tear them apart. Covering all the
white-knuckle races, including the final lap at the Daytona 500 that
claimed the life of the Intimidator,
Earnhardt Nation goes deep into the
fast-paced world of NASCAR, its royal family’s obsession with speed,
and their struggle with celebrity.
Jay Busbee takes us deep inside
the lives of these men and women who shaped NASCAR. He delves into
their personal and professional lives, from failed marriages to
rivalries large and small to complex and competitive father-son
relationships that have reverberated through generations, and
explores the legacy the Earnhardts struggle to uphold.
Soft cover, 352 pages.
60 Years of Auto Racing
on Both Sides
of the Fence
by Larry LaMay
Larry LaMay’s auto-racing career has taken him halfway
around the world and up close with some of the best who have ever
driven in the stock-car and open-wheel ranks.
Sixty Years of Auto Racing on Both Sides of the Fence is
LaMay’s memoir of his love of racing and experiences he had in more
than a half-century in the sport. A championship racer himself,
LaMay worked alongside the likes of NASCAR Hall of Fame member Benny
Parsons, four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt and multi-time
NASCAR Cup champions Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart.
LaMay shares insights into what separated those drivers from others
as he recalls the highs and lows of his own career that began when
he raced Go-Karts and learned to build race cars. He takes readers
inside the garage for a look at the evolution of NASCAR and other
forms of racing, and he explains how he balanced family life with a
career that took him from Daytona to Mexico City to Japan.
cover, 200 pages, color & B&W photos.
JEFF GORDON: His
Dream, Drive & Destiny
by Joe Garner
first-ever authorized biography of Jeff Gordon, the four-time
champion racing legend. For over a year, Garner interviewed and
observed Gordon at races, special events, and at home.
book is based on extensive interviews with Gordon – as well as
in-depth interviews with dozens of family members, friends,
competitors, and colleagues, some of whom have never gone on the
record before. Jeff speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about
his childhood, his much publicized divorce, those he competed
against, his family, and life after racing.
illustrated hard cover biography will allow privileged access to a
wealth of exclusive unseen and rare material from Gordon’s personal
photo and memorabilia collection. Gordon’s meteoric rise through
racing’s ranks is a classic American success story.
will find inspiration in Gordon’s candid take on his pivotal life
Hard cover, 192 pages, fully illustrated with
color and B&W photos and other illustrations. Will be released
October 18. Pre-order before October 15 for free shipping.
while we reprint.
Due Jan 15,
Remembering the Kid
Compiled and Edited by Bones Bourcier
Rivals, teammates, friends and family members
recall one of the Northeast’s most popular drivers, whose
spectacular Modified career – he won from New England to Florida –
was followed by a NASCAR Cup Series victory at Talladega and Rookie
of the Year honors at stock car racing’s highest level.
Contributors include Modified icons Bugs Stevens and George Summers,
legendary car owners Bob Johnson and Bob Judkins, NASCAR Cup winners
Geoff Bodine and Ricky Rudd, broadcasters Jack Arute and Mike Joy,
and many more.
All share personal memories of Ronnie B., who
had a smile made for victory lane and enough raw talent to get him
Soft cover, 228 pages, B&W photos.
America’s Racing Trinity
by Bones Bourcier
Forewords by John Andretti & Dave Despain
Twenty years after they hung up
their helmets, their names remain synonymous with the sport they
carried to new heights. A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, and Richard Petty
rose to fame just as the American media – print, radio, and,
crucially, television – began to legitimize auto racing. The timing
was perfect. In Foyt, Andretti, and Petty, the nation found
characters as compelling as any in sports or entertainment.
Foyt was all
Texas, John Wayne in a fireproof suit, stomping into Victory Lanes
from Indianapolis to Le Mans. Andretti, who’d sailed from Italy with
his family at age 15, struck for all outsiders the same yes-you-can
chord sounded by another Italian-American, the great Frank Sinatra.
Petty, the genial North Carolinian who signed autographs until the
last fan went home, put a smiling Andy Griffith face on the American
South, no small feat in the tumultuous ’60s.
They crossed paths
often, on the track and in the headlines. Take 1967, which opened
with Andretti beating NASCAR’s best at Daytona, peaked with Foyt’s
third Indianapolis 500 win, and ended with a record 27 victories for
Petty. Or the three-season stretch from 1977-79, during which Foyt
became the first four-time Indy winner, Andretti earned the World
Driving Championship, and Petty captured a landmark Daytona 500.
throttled back their careers in near-unison, Petty in 1992, Foyt in
’93, Andretti in ’94. Today all three are revered; as they walk
through crowded pit areas, people step back to make way. Charisma
This is no mere three-act biography. Laced with quotes from
first-hand interviews with Foyt, Petty, Andretti, and their peers,
and spiced with period accounts from the motorsports world and the
changing social landscape, this is award-winning author Bones
Bourcier’s history of modern American automobile racing as refracted
through the lives of three extraordinary champions.
cover, 348 pages, 24 pages of B&W photos.
BUD MOORE: Memoir of a Country Mechanic
from D-Day to NASCAR Glory
by Bud Moore with Perry
NASCAR's pioneers, Bud Moore won countless races in the sport's
early rough and tumble days. In almost four decades as a car owner,
he was victorious at the Daytona 500, the Southern 500–three
times–and at dozens of other NASCAR events, and won three Grand
National Division championships, a Grand American championship and
the Sports Car Club of America Trans-Am championship. He was
inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011, with 63 wins and 43
The cars built by Bud Moore
Engineering have been raced by some of America's most talented
drivers, including Buck Baker, Bobby Allison, Dan Gurney, Parnelli
Jones, Tiny Lund, David Pearson, Buddy Baker, Fireball Roberts and
many others. Moore continuously sought to improve his machines,
making them not only faster but safer, and many of his innovations
were quickly adopted throughout NASCAR and by the auto industry.
This is Moore's story in his own
words, covering his early life in Depression-era Spartanburg, South
Carolina, his combat experience during the Invasion of Normandy, his
racing career, and his family life and retirement as a gentleman
farmer. Many never-before-seen photos are included.
cover, 212 pages.
The New “Pocket Smokey” Best
Damn Garage in Town—My Life & Adventures
by Smokey Yunick
It's been a number of years and
thousands of copies sold since Best Damn Garage in Town...The World
According to Smokey was first published.
The Racer's Edition
sold well at $95 and brought the real stories of racing to a lot of
people, but it's now unavailable.
The "Pocket Smokey" was
developed to be friendlier to your pocketbook. It has all the same
salty stories and humor of the original but not all the photos.
Soft cover, 7.5" x 9", 650