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NASCAR: The Thunder of America [Hardcover]

NASCAR , Joyce L. Vedral
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Feb. 26 1998
"NASCAR racing is as American as you can get. You've got traditionand excitement... men and machines in competition together."
-- JuniorJohnson, NASCAR pioneer and legend

NASCAR. It's exciting. It's fast. It'sin-your-face. And it's America's fastest-growing spectator sport!

NASCAR: The Thunder of America captures the greatest memories from the past 50 years of NASCAR racing. The Competition. Triumph. Devotion.Family. Teamwork. Innovation. And that incredible NASCAR spirit.

Big and bold photography brings to life many different stories with quotes from drivers, fans, crew members and officials. Historical archived images reflect some ofNASCAR's greatest moments. And original photographs of NASCAR's top driversprofile these heroes of the sport.

It's the thrill. It's the passion and determination. It's hundreds of thousands of devoted fans cheering wildly as a pack of 700-horsepower engines scream past in a blur of color. It's what dreamsare made of -- all wrapped up in rubber and metal.

It's about speed. It's about winning. It's about legendary heroes -- Byron, Thomas, Flock, Weatherly, Petty, Allison, Yarbrough, Earnhardt and Gordon. It's about fightingwheel-to-wheel, week after week, month after month, on local tracks and superspeedways throughout the country.

This is NASCAR, the thunder of America! 50 years of commitment. 50 years of technology, innovation and 50 years of pure love for speed.

"NASCAR belongs to the fans.... It's hair-raising,spine-tingling, jump-out-of-your-seat competition that makes everyone involved look forward to Sunday afternoons."
-- NASCAR fan Dave Doggett, Stillwater, Oklahoma

Since its founding in 1947, the France familyhas built NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) from a small, family-run racing organization into a $2-billion-a-year industry -- the leader in motorsports entertainment. Today, over 5.5 million people a year attend NASCAR Winston Cup Series races and nearly 150 million watch the action on television.

Together, the NASCAR family celebrates good sportsmanship, cheers courage and rewards perseverance. It is a fast-paced, emotion-packed drama played out by real people with extraordinary dreams -- dreams that encourage, support and foster the best that people can be, whether it's on the track, in the stands or at home watching the television. Firmly rooted in family values, NASCAR has adistinct tradition and plays an exemplary role in every neighborhood across the country.

"NASCAR is great entertainment, but it's also much more.It's a commitment. A commitment to the sport of stock car racing, to a family of competitors and fans, and to the excellence of performance."
-- Bill France, Jr.

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The National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing has driven a long, hard-banked road since its dirt-track days in Dixie. From small-town beginnings to international, mass-market success, NASCAR has put the pedal to the metal in pursuit of the winner's circle. The Thunder of America, the official 50th anniversary celebration of NASCAR, is an appropriate mile marker in this uniquely American story. Just open it up and feel the heat of the track and hear the growl of 700-horsepower engines. The photography is first-rate, and the many quotes sprinkled throughout are well chosen and memorable. Here's a fan, Eddie Atkins of Atlanta, Georgia, speaking about his New Religion: "We're NASCAR people. We raise kids and work hard all week for a nice home. Saturdays are for chores and kids' soccer and baseball. Sundays are for racing." Or driving legend Dale Earnhardt on his special brand of domesticity: "I feel totally relaxed in the race car. I can tune everything else out. In a way, it's my retreat. It's probably the place where I'm most at home." If you count yourself among NASCAR's ever growing legion of fans, it's not a question of whether you'll add this big, brawling tribute to your racing library, just when.


"Some of the most spectacular images form NASCAR's first 50 years are highlighted in a book released by HarperCollins Publishers." -- NASCAR Magazine

"Some of the most spectacular images form NASCAR's first 50 years are highlighted in a book released by HarperCollins Publishers." -- -- NASCAR Magazine

Even if your coffee table doesn't have a used Goodyear racing tire as its base, you'll enjoy having a copy of NASCAR: Thunder of America out on display, opened to any page. -- Autoweek Magazine

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for the die-hard NASCAR fan! April 4 1999
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This book belongs right there on your coffee table for every one to see. The photos are crisp, clear and in color, bringing all of the triumphs and tradgedies that NASCAR has to offer. You will find yourself refering to it many times over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the first book on my coffee table Aug. 11 1998
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I couldn't put this book down. Great insights into the history of NASCAR and the photography is first rate. Every page is as exciting as the next. If you are a NASCAR fan like me, BUY THIS BOOK!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must for NASCAR fans! Nov. 24 1998
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the photos are excellent and show the thrill of the sport...puts you right there on the track! it's for and about the entire NASCAR family...the Frances, drivers, crews, and fans.
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