The Wildest Ride: A History of Nascar (Or How a Bunch of Good Ol' Boys Built a Billion-Dollar Industry Out of Wrecking Cars)

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The Wildest Ride: A History of Nascar (Or How a Bunch of Good Ol' Boys Built a Billion-Dollar Industry Out of Wrecking Cars)

Format:  Paperback,

331 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publish Date: Jun 2002

ISBN-13: 9780743226257

ISBN-10: 0743226259

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In "The Wildest Ride, " Joe Menzer gives us a timely, comprehensive look at the dramatic, rollicking history of stock-car racing in America, exploring both its inauspicious bootlegging beginnings and the billion-dollar industry that it has become. Menzer straps the reader into the driver's seat for a run through NASCAR's history, revealing the sport's remarkable rise from rogue outfit to corporate darling. Menzer also profiles the many superstar drivers who have dominated the sport, men as unpredictable as they are fearless, including "The Intimidator," Dale Earnhardt, whose ferocious driving made him NASCAR's signature personality -- and whose tragic death at the 2001 Daytona 500 was mourned by millions.
Menzer expertly maneuvers through the tight corners and wide-open straightaways of NASCAR's history, examining the circuit's attempt to distance itself from its "redneck racin'" past without compromising its country roots. Simultaneously rowdy and insightful, "The Wildest Ride" is a thorough and unfailingly honest account of NASCAR's amazing rise to prominence and a sweeping account of a uniquely American phenomenon.

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: Jun 2002
ISBN-13: 9780743226257
ISBN-10: 0743226259
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 331
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.9
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.75

Chapter outline

Acknowledgmentsp. 7
Forewordp. 19
Wrigley Fieldp. 33
Modest Beginningsp. 57
Bootleggers and a Bunch o'Foolsp. 77
Fireball and Daytonap. 99
Survival of the Fittestp. 121
My God! Help Me! I'm on Fire!p. 139
A White Man's Worldp. 160
France vs. Pettyp. 176
Junior to the Rescuep. 197
The Bitch Hit Me!p. 214
Jaws, the Intimidator and Million-Dollar Billp. 234
Family Secretsp. 248
Wonder Boy and the Good Ol' Boysp. 264
Triumphs and Tragediesp. 285
Bibliographyp. 323
Indexp. 325

Book description

In The Wildest Ride, Joe Menzer gives us a timely, comprehensive look at the dramatic, rollicking history of stock-car racing in America, exploring both its inauspicious bootlegging beginnings and the billion-dollar industry that it has become. Menzer straps the reader into the driver's seat for a run through NASCAR's history, revealing the sport's remarkable rise from rogue outfit to corporate darling. Menzer also profiles the many superstar drivers who have dominated the sport, men as unpredictable as they are fearless, including "The Intimidator", Dale Earnhardt, whose ferocious driving made him NASCAR's signature personality -- and whose tragic death at the 2001 Daytona 500 was mourned by millions.

Menzer expertly maneuvers through the tight corners and wide-open straightaways of NASCAR's history, examining the circuit's attempt to distance itself from its "redneck racin'"; past without compromising its country roots. Simultaneously rowdy and insightful, The Wildest Ride is a thorough and unfailingly honest account of NASCAR's amazing rise to prominence and a sweeping account of a uniquely American phenomenon.

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