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Growing up NASCAR : Racing's Most Outrageous Promoter Tells All,9780760337752

Growing up NASCAR : Racing's Most Outrageous Promoter Tells All

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9780760337752

ISBN10:
0760337756
Format:
Hardcover
Pub. Date:
3/15/2010
Publisher(s):
Motorbooks Intl
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Summary

In 1949, when Humpy Wheeler was 11, he attended the very first NASCAR race. For the next ten years, he spent as much time in the pits as he could, and came to know many of the sportrs"s pioneers. Eventually, Wheeler began promoting races at Carolina tracks such as Concord Speedway, Robinwood Speedway, and Starlight Speedway. Racing was so rough back then he kept a gun by his side when he paid the purse, and often used his fists to keep order. By the time Wheeler retired in 2008, he had helped NASCAR become the six-billion-dollar-a-year industry it is today. Filled with photographs from Wheeler's personal archives,Growing up NASCARpresents the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at NASCAR from the consumate insider.

Author Biography

In 1947, when Humpy Wheeler was nine years old, he put his thumb out on Highway 29 and hitched a ride to the Charlotte Speedway. Since then, Humpy has held just about every job there is in NASCAR. The consummate promoter, Humpy invented the pre-race show.

Peter Golenbock has been writing books about sports since 1975. Some of his best sellers are Dynasty, The Bronx Zoo (with Sparky Lyle), Number 1 (with Billy Martin), and Balls (with Greg Nettles.) He has also written a series of NASCAR histories including American Zoom, The Last Lap, and NASCAR Confidential.

Table of Contents

We Watched the Race Cars Go Byp. 1
The Scotch-Irish and the Segregated Southp. 15
Learning the Ropesp. 32
Moonshine and Racingp. 45
The Robinwood Speedwayp. 52
Slickp. 69
Witness to Disasterp. 79
When the Rubber Meets the Roadp. 95
Big Bill Francep. 109
Ralph and the Indianp. 116
Bobby Allisonp. 123
Junior Johnsonp. 130
Driving for Juniorp. 138
Curtis and Bruton Go Bustp. 155
Hired to Run the Charlotte Motor Speedwayp. 162
Bruton and Ip. 173
Dirt Poor Dalep. 186
Dale and Richard Childressp. 193
Rick Hendrick Changes the Gamep. 201
Days of Thunderp. 213
Alan Kulwicki's Too Short Journeyp. 223
The All Star Racep. 229
Robert Yates Knows Tragedyp. 244
Bobby Allison's Nightmarep. 249
NASCAR and Bruton Go Nationalp. 253
Joe Gibbs and Dale Jarrettp. 268
Jack Roush and Mark Martinp. 272
The Death of Dale Earnhardtp. 276
The Corporatization of Racingp. 282
Good-Byep. 288
Racing of the Futurep. 294
Indexp. 299
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