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American Zoom: Stock Car Racing-From the Dirt Tracks to Daytona [Hardcover]

Peter Golenbock

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July 7 1994
A noted sportswriter takes a look at the homegrown American history of stock car racing, tracing the sport's evolution from moonshine runners to the multimillion-dollar Winston Cup circuit, with an oral history that captures the sport's unique personality.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Gr Macmillan Publishing (July 7 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0025446150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0025446151
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.3 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,986,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Auto racing is followed by 26% of the American public, stresses Golenbock ( Fenway ) in this survey which will serve as an ideal introduction for those interested in but unfamiliar with the sport. Beginning with the top event, the Daytona 500, he presents a brief history of the National Association for Stock Car Automobile Racing (NASCAR), founded in 1948, tracing its origins to Southern bootleggers who developed their driving skills fleeing the law. The major portion of the book is oral history by and about track figures, including Richard Petty, "The King," who won 200 races in his career, car-builder Ralph Moody, engine-builder Waddell Wilson, crew chief Andy Petree, unsponsored independent Dave Marcis (most drivers now have corporate bankrollers) and the current ruler of the raceways, Dale Earnhardt. Richly anecdotal, the book is a rollicking account of roistering individuals in a high-tension sport. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Golenbock, author of the controversial Personal Fouls (Pocket Bks., 1989), offers this oral history of stock car racing from its crude beginnings as a contest among Southern bootleggers to its present status as a billion-dollar industry. The author wisely employs an oral history format to relate the background of this sport, and the technique best suits the subjects: jovial men with colorful personalities and nicknames, fondly remembering the "good old days." All the great names of stock car racing are here, from Richard Petty to Smokey Unick, from Bill France to Junior Johnson, from Bill Elliott to Dale Earnhardt. Strangely, this well-written account is the only comprehensive survey of stock car racing available, as most works on the subject are collections of photographs or coffee-table books. Recommended for most public libraries. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/93.
- Eric C. Shoaf, Brown Univ. Lib., Providence, R.I.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, colorful history of NASCAR July 7 2000
By Henry Vogel - Published on Amazon.com
Most people consider that the sport of baseball has the most colorful history of any American sport. They point to characters such as Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, and extraordinarily colorful Dizzy Dean as examples. Baseball history is certainly colorful, but stock car racing can match it character for character. Stock car racing edges ahead, though, because many of the most colorful characters in stock car racing were alive at the time American Zoom was written.
In this wonderful book, Peter Golenbock introduces us to the likes of Richard Petty, Bill France, Junior Johnson, the Flock brothers, and Tiny Lund. Dozens of people associated with stock car racing, from the early days when hopped up cars carrying white lightning were outrunning the law to the modern era of multi million dollar sponsorships, were interviewed by Golenbock. With the exception of the introduction of each person, Golenbock lets those he interviews tell their own story. The words and the memories are faithfully presented for us to savor.
Would you like to hear about the first lap Richard Petty ever took in a race? It's in here (and NOT what you would expect). Do you wonder where the idea of drafting other cars for increased speed came from? It's in here. You'll also find stories about the first Southern 500 in Darlington and how Bill France milked the announcement of a winner in the first Daytona 500 for several days before finally naming the winner (and why people think he took so long to name the winner).
American Zoom belongs on the shelf of any fan of motorsports. Give it a try but hang on, it's a wild ride!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bothered by some of the errors in the book. Sept. 24 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
It was a good read, but the author didn't check his facts when he started talking about other racing series such as CART and IRL. That there were errors in these areas made me question some of his other things he talked about. I liked the book, but with reservations.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for NASCAR History March 25 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This book was better than expected. Frank, honest, and written in a down-to-earth manner, the book gives incredible insights into the way NASCAR works. Highly recommended to any NASCAR fan.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the best book on the entirety of the sport Nov. 17 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is the first book that I read on Stock Car Racing. It covers the business, personalities emotions and soul of Stock Car Racing in the most eloquent way possible. After reading about some of the personalities in this book you feel as if you had just spent the day with each one. This book actually was the catalyst for leading me in the direction of starting a NASCAR stock car racing career as a driver. Any long time fan will cherish this book and any new fan will learn about the soul of the sport.
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for Nascar fans Jan. 20 2014
By Keven F. - Published on Amazon.com
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The best most in depth book on Nascar Ive seen.
I purchased this book for another fan after I read it myself.

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