The Weekend Starts on Wednesday: True Stories of Remarkable NASCAR Fans

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The Weekend Starts on Wednesday: True Stories of Remarkable NASCAR Fans

Format:  Hardcover,

304 pages

Publisher: Motorbooks Intl

Publish Date: Feb 2010

ISBN-13: 9780760338315

ISBN-10: 0760338310

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In "The Weekend Starts on Wednesday," NASCAR insider Andrew Giangola scoured the circuit and slept in school buses to find remarkable fans and tell their hilarious, heart-warming stories. With a keen eye for detail and uncommon humor, Giangola probes the open hearts and colorful experiences of the sport's most fervent fans. There's a male nurse who braves death to bring the NASCAR flag to the top of Mt. Everest, and a woman who dons a nurse's outfit when her hero Dale Earnhardt Jr. wrecks; we meet a fellow who goes naked at the track save a Goodyear tire, and a lifelong fan who's been to all 51 Daytona 500 races. Celebrities are not immune from the lure of NASCAR racing either, and the stories of celebrities such as Kevin Costner, Tom Cruise, Brian Williams and Mario Batali are also told as well. This collection of amazing stories opens a new chapter on the extraordinary appeal of NASCAR, and shows why so many are so crazy about this great American sport.

"The Weekend Starts on Wednesday "is a light-hearted, heart-warming, insider's tour of the racetracks and infields of the Deep South, through the heartland and on to Southern California. It's a guided expedition to the soul that truly makes NASCAR the nation's #1 spectator sport: its fans

See Author Andrew Giangola interviewed on FOX Television here: http: //


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Publisher: Motorbooks Intl
Publish Date: Feb 2010
ISBN-13: 9780760338315
ISBN-10: 0760338310
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 304
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.86
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.58 x 1.02 x 9.22

Chapter outline

Introduction: You Hungry?
Fans For Life
A Moment in the Sun
The King and I
Decades at Darlington
Remembering Dale
The Lucky Penny Girl
A Purple Heart and a Titanium Leg
America's Anchor Finds His Slice of Heaven
Flirting With Fame
There's Nothing Flat About Tire Man
Toasting a Hero
NASCAR's Candy Man
The Fathead Guy
Jeff Burton and the World's Fastest Grandmother
Friday Night Lights Lead into Saturday Night Racing
Aligned With The Stars
Spencer Roy Sees the Other Side of Smoke
Ryan's Hope
A Bad Case of NASCAR Disease
Nursing Junior to a Championship
Paying It Forward
Stupendous Feats of Over-The-Top Fandom
The Summit of Fandom
Houston, We Have a Fan
Bob's Party Bus
Hearts Big and Brave
Always in Victory Lane
Moments Missed, Encased as Indelible Memories
The Big Apple's Biggest Fan
Famous Faces
Cookin'on the High Side with Mario Batali and Rachael Ray
Tom Cruise's Days of Thunder
No Fan Is Finer than Miss North Carolina
Jim Cramer Is Mad About NASCAR
Walking to the Pacific, George Martin Sees America in NASCAR
Kevin Costner: Mixing Dreams with NASCAR Gasoline
A Black-and-White Sport Goes Technicolor
Ladies Loving Nascar
Good Vibrations
NASCAR is a Thing of Beauty in a Boise Salon
Cold Steel, Cow Farts, and the Science of Speed
A NASCAR Alien in New York
Chasing A Racing Dream
Brad Daugherty Measures His Own Success
This Girl Wants to Be Jeff Gordon in a Skirt
Gunning for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Serieswith a Little Help from His Friends
Miss Sprint Cup
I'M A Fan Too
My Doctors Only Want to Talk NASCAR
Wardrobe Malfunctions
A Fact Check with Peter Jennings
Epilogue: A Matter of Life and Death

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