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NASCAR Nation: A History of Stock Car Racing in the United States [Hardcover]

Scott Beekman

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April 9 2010

NASCAR Nation: A History of Stock Car Racing in the United StateS≪/i> details the ongoing saga of this quintessentially American pastime. Looking at the drivers, events, and teams, it positions NASCAR racing within larger social, economic, and cultural trends in an attempt to address the sport's phenomenal growth and popularity.

This chronological examination of the evolution of stock car racing is the first history to go beyond the widely held myth that it was "invented" by Prohibition-era moonshiners. The book traces stock car racing history from its beginnings, to the formation of The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) in 1948, through today. Of course, readers will meet the sport's many colorful personalities, including the Earnhardts, Richard Petty, Jeff Gordon (who has raked in more than $70 million in career winnings), "Fireball" Roberts, Darrell Waltrip, Daytona pioneer Bill France, and women drivers like Janet Guthrie, Louise Smith, and Jennifer Jo Cobb. While the focus is on NASCAR, the book also examines other prominent stock car racing organizations to round out its comprehensive portrait.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger; 1 edition (April 9 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275994244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275994242
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #763,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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• Offers the first full-length, scholarly study of stock car racing, covering more than 100 years of motor sports history

• The first work to fully explore the true role moonshine runners played in the sport's development

• Draws on primary research to shed light on the previously obscure period before the creation of NASCAR

• Examines organizations outside of NASCAR to provide a fuller picture of stock car racing



• Includes 20 photographs of key drivers and tracks



"Recommended. All readers."

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NASCAR is the number one spectator sport in the United States and the second most popular televised sport. Perhaps most surprising, roughly 40 percent of the NASCAR fan base is now female. How did this all-American sport develop and where is it bound?


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4.0 out of 5 stars NASCAR from a historian April 1 2014
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Beekman is a great writer and a great Historian. This book is exactly what NASCAR fans need - A HISTORIAN'S (and fan) perspective.


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