RACING BOOKS PAST NEWS

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  • New book about Bill France Sr. to be released: Bill France’s life has been chronicled by author H.A. Branham, who will release the France biography “Big Bill: The Life and Times of NASCAR Founder Bill France Sr.” in February. The book is being published by Random House. “He created the foundation for the sport,” Branham said. “It’s an unbelievable story.” France became fascinated with racing at an early age and raced cars beginning as a teenager. France stayed in the Washington area until 1934 when the cold weather chased him, wife Anne and their first son Bill to Florida. He got a job right away at Daytona Motors working for car dealer Sax Lloyd, but quickly became proprietor of a gas station on Main Street. When Daytona Beach lost its Land Speed Record appeal, City Fathers turned to stock car racing to maintain the area’s racing tradition. France got involved in race promotion and following World War II went back to staging races on the beach and elsewhere in the South. He formed the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing sanctioning body in 1948 and created the Strictly Stock Division in ’49. Strictly Stock has since morphed into the Sprint Cup Series, the most popular racing series in the United States. Sensing the Beach & Road Course was heading toward extinction because of motel expansion in the Daytona Beach area, France started campaigning to build a race track that would rival Indianapolis Motor Speedway. When he raised enough money to get started on his 2.5-mile, high-banked track, France announced he would build Daytona International Speedway on Nov. 9, 1957. The groundbreaking was held on Nov. 25. He created what is now International Speedway Corp. on Jan. 8, 1958. The track opened for business in February, 1959. In 1972 France named his oldest son, Bill France Jr., as NASCAR president then concentrated his efforts into expanding ISC. “Big Bill” died on June 7, 1992.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(9-28-2014)
  • Matt Kenseth’s Race Against Bullying Children’s Book Debuts: Today (August 26, 2014) on National Youth Literacy Day, Matt Kenseth debuted Matt Kenseth’s Race Against Bullying, his first children’s book aimed at educating and empowering children to make good choices if faced with bullying situations. Kenseth, a two-time Daytona 500 Champion and the NASCAR Sprint Cup series driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota Camry, released the book with his wife Katie at Joe Gibbs Racing headquarters. Published by Bendon, Inc., Matt Kenseth’s Race Against Bullying is available today for purchase exclusively at more than 11,300 Dollar General stores nationwide and online at www.dollargeneral.com. It is also the first installment of a four-part series of educational children’s books that Matt and Katie Kenseth championed. The series is designed for family reading for children ages 4 through 8 to become more self-confident and empowered to make good choices.
    “As a parent of three small children, it’s natural to worry about the issues they will face while growing up,” said Kenseth, the 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion. “Both Katie and I believe that openly talking about these issues is the best way to prepare them. This book is designed to help families discuss the effects of bullying with their kids. We believe it’s important our kids not only know how to deal with a bully, but also understand that it’s not OK to act like one.”
    “We’re excited to partner with Matt to raise awareness and provide solutions to childhood bullying, especially since it reflects our mission of Serving Others,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “The project also combines Dollar General’s passion for literacy and reading through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation with the strong representation Matt brings to both Dollar General, Joe Gibbs Racing and NASCAR.”
    According to www.stopbullying.gov, more than 70 percent of students say they have seen bullying in their schools and less than 30 percent of students who are bullied notify an adult. Kenseth, an avid reader, has helped support literacy programs throughout his career and currently serves as an ambassador for the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Sharing in both Dollar General and Kenseth’s commitment to literacy is long-time Kenseth sponsor CITIZEN Watch, who made a $25,000 donation on Kenseth’s behalf to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation in honor of the book launch.
    “Our new brand statement Better Starts Now is about reaching inside yourself to do things better. With the launch of his new book, Matt has shown us that this motto is part of his character both on and off the track,” said Jeffrey Cohen, President of Citizen Watch Company of America. “With statistics showing bullying and harassment becoming an even bigger social problem a book like this is just what is needed to help start the conversation earlier between parents and children. Citizen Watch Company has supported higher education for the past two years as a corporate sponsor of the National Merit Scholarship Foundation and we are proud to expand our educational support with a donation to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation in honor of Matt Kenseth.”
    Matt Kenseth’s Race Against Bullying is a 22-page, 10 x 10-inch, soft-cover book, retailing for $3 at more than 11,300 Dollar General stores nationwide and online at www.dollargeneral.com. Written by Gina Gold, illustrated by Adam Devaney and produced by Judy O Productions, Inc., Matt Kenseth’s Race Against Bullying was created by Matt and Katie Kenseth and is published by Bendon, Inc. To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, please visit www.dgliteracy.org.(JGR)(8-26-2014)
  • ‘Money Stop’-A book on the history of pit stops and the stories behind them: For the last three years, Pittalks.com has been giving fans a real look at the people and stories that make up NASCAR’s pit road. Each week we try and provide news that brings the fans and readers closer to the action. Trent Cherry, a NASCAR pit coach and 15 year veteran of pit road, has written a book called “Money Stop”. We want our subscribers to have the first chance to get it. This book details the history of pit stops back to the roots. It also contains over 20 stories from past and current pit crew members about some of the most memorable pit stops they’ve been a part of. As far as we know there is nothing like this out there and it has gotten great reviews so far. This is a true gift for any race fan and its a unique look into the world of what its like to be on a NASCAR pit crew. For more info and to order the book, go to pittalks.com.(8-22-2014)
  • Some new NASCAR books: In Magnolias, Sweet Tea, and Exhaust, Carole Townsend goes to ground with NASCAR, following the races at Southern tracks from one to the next, learning about the sport and the culture of NASCAR as she goes. Townsend meets and interviews top drivers as well as some of NASCAR’s rising stars, legends, team owners, pit crews, and fans. In a display of immersion journalism at its best, Townsend takes a ride in one of the cars on a track at race speed, tours the multimillion dollar garages in North Carolina, learns from mechanics, mingles with fans, and participates in the much-coveted infield camping party at Atlanta Motor Speedway. More info at aroletownsend.com.
    AND Who won the first Daytona 500? Fans still debate whether it was midwestern champion Johnny Beauchamp, declared the victor at the finish line, or longtime NASCAR driver Lee Petty, declared the official winner a few days after the race. The Ghosts of NASCAR puts the controversial finish under a microscope. Author John Havick interviewed scores of people, analyzed film of the race, and pored over newspaper accounts of the event. He uses this information and his deep knowledge of the sport as it worked then to determine what probably happened. But he also tells a much bigger story: the story of how Johnny Beauchamp-and his Harlan, Iowa, compatriots, mechanic Dale Swanson and driver Tiny Lund-ended up in Florida driving in the 1959 Daytona race. More info at University of Iowa Press.(7-2-2014)
  • New books released about race tracks: From Creek Indian land to a World War II airfield, Talladega Superspeedway has a history as exciting as its NASCAR races. Author Kent Whitaker chronicles the track’s development in Talladega Superspeedway, Arcadia Publishing’s newest addition to its NASCAR Library Collection. In more than 200 vintage images, Whitaker recounts the dreams, challenges, and triumphs of businessmen and racecar drivers with a national dream. Whitaker even devoted a chapter to female drivers. Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online.
    AND To celebrate and acknowledge its 50th anniversary, Phoenix International Raceway published a limited-edition commemorative book, ‘Phoenix At 50: A Half-Century of Racing’ documenting the last five decades of racing in the Valley of the Sun. After debuting during PIR’s spring NASCAR race weekend, the book is now available for purchase online at Amazon.com. Fans can find the book by searching for ‘Phoenix International Raceway’ or ‘Phoenix at 50’. The book, which retails for $49.99, is a comprehensive journey through the track’s first 50 years, featuring a series of vignettes and short stories focusing on many of the most exciting races and the greatest drivers to compete in Phoenix (PIR).(5-16-2014)
  • Phoenix International Raceway to release book: Phoenix International Raceway has been a part of the motor sports scene since 1964. From its genesis as an open-wheel destination through its present-day status as a stock car haven, the one-mile desert oval has built a reputation as a unique challenge for drivers and as a memory maker for all who have visited over the last 50 years. To celebrate and acknowledge the track’s golden anniversary, PIR president Bryan R. Sperber announced today the release of a limited-edition commemorative book documenting the past 50 years. ‘Phoenix At 50: A Half-Century of Racing‘ is a comprehensive journey through the last five decades of racing in the Valley of the Sun. Comprised of a collection of work by writers from varying backgrounds that have shared their talents to bring these stories together – including a foreword from ‘The King,’ Richard Petty – the book tells the stories and the secrets that the track has held for fifty years. The book will be available for purchase at PIR merchandise locations throughout the track during the Feb. 28 – March 2 NASCAR event weekend. After the race weekend, the book will be available for purchase at the PIR ticket window and on Amazon.com.(PIR)(2-24-2014)
  • NASCAR ’14 is launched: As the Daytona 500 approaches, NASCAR is hitting the gas on the racetrack and into gamers’ homes with the release of NASCAR ’14. Deep Silver announced that the racing game NASCAR ’14, developed by ETX Racing, is available in North America on the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation3 computer entertainment system and Steam for Windows PC for the suggested retail price of $49.99. NASCAR ’14 includes the most requested gaming feature: online leagues, allowing gamers to band together to overtake rivals on the track. NASCAR ’14 also delivers skill-based matchmaking for the first time in franchise history. Tony Stewart, the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and winner of the “Drive For the Cover” contest, was chosen by more than 700,000 fans to appear on the front of the box. For racing fans headed to Daytona, they will have the chance to play NASCAR ’14 at the Sprint Unlimited Experience, win copies of the game and four lucky fans will play against Brad Keselowski and Miss Sprint Cup on the 42-foot Jumbotron 2/21 at 3:30pm/et.(Tinsley-PR for Deep Silver)(2-19-2014)
  • NASCAR ’14 Is Coming to Xbox 360, PlayStation3 system and PC on February 18: Deep Silver announced that the racing game NASCAR ’14, developed by Eutechnyx, will launch in North America on February 18, 2014 on the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation3 computer entertainment system and PC for the suggested retail price of $49.99. Pre-order offers at Walmart, Gamestop, Best Buy, Target and Amazon may include diecast cars, exclusive paint schemes and more. Fueled by high-octane intensity and the opportunity to relive the best NASCAR moments from both the 2013 season packed into the game plus regular downloadable content updates as the upcoming season progresses, NASCAR ’14 offers fans the most complete NASCAR experience yet. Recently NASCAR revealed that more than 700,000 votes were cast worldwide in the “Drive for the Cover” contest as fans voted Tony Stewart, the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion to appear onto the cover of NASCAR ’14. The injury that kept Stewart off the track didn’t stop fans of the driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing from beating another fan favorite, four-time champion Jeff Gordon. Stewart plans to return to the track for the Daytona 500 race in February, the same month NASCAR ’14 hits store shelves.(Eutechnyx)(1-13-2014)
  • New book about spotters: Veteran motorsports media member and retired NASCAR race day spotter John Close announced the publishing of his third book – On The Spot – Life In The Fast Lane As A NASCAR Spotter. The volume – which is Close’s first electronic book – is now available as a FREE download at www.closefinishes.com. “On The Spot will allow race fans to get an inside look at what happens up on the spotters stand during a professional motorsports event,” stated Close, who spotted more than 150 NASCAR Cup, Nationwide and Truck events as well as dozens of short-track races from 1995-2008. “Spotting is one of the least publicized and most misunderstood aspects of auto racing. Considering the importance of spotters in today’s high-pressure world of stock car racing, I think fans will find it an enlightening and interesting read.”In On The Spot, Close takes you up on the spotter’s stand where he relates some of his most memorable race events and personal experiences. Additional chapters in the book cover the history of NASCAR race spotting and how the practice and equipment have evolved over the years since first implemented in the early 1950s. On The Spot also includes an introduction by NASCAR Sprint Cup star and Wisconsin native Matt Kenseth. A host of current NASCAR spotters – and others such as NASCAR driving legend Buddy Baker – contributed to the book which also features more than 100 photos taken by Close and top motorsports photographers such as Nigel Kinrade, Brian Czobat and Russ Lake.(PR)(12-27-2013)
  • LASTCAR: Cup Series Last-Place Finishers By Track (1949-2013):
    This book includes last-place statistics for the Sprint Cup Series at every track on the circuit, plus some tracks no longer on the schedule such as North Wilkesboro and Riverside. The book, which is now available for $2.99 at Amazon and Smashwords (click on either for the link)(12-10-2013)
  • 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Yearbook now available: NASCAR Fans will once again have the opportunity to purchase the Official NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Yearbook as Round 5 Books announced that the 2013 edition is now available for pre-ordering at Round5Books.com. The Yearbook which ships in early December 2013 is the same book presented to championship winning drivers, team owners, and race team members for over 25 years.(11-24-2013)
  • Circle of Hope: An Inspiring NASCAR Journey Follows Five Racers, Three Seasons in Stock Car Racing’s Two Premier Series: On June 17, 2006, unknown part-time driver David Gilliland brought his homemade car and can-do attitude to Kentucky Speedway. With just seven NASCAR starts, his best Nationwide finish was 29th. But that night Gilliland achieved one of the sport’s greatest upsets ever. Circle of Hope: An Inspiring NASCAR Journey profiles Gilliland and other fascinating lesser-known drivers in NASCAR’s two top series through joy and triumph, disappointment and defeat. In the book, journalist Deann Alford follows hope-driven stories of Sprint Cup driver David Reutimann; NASCAR legend Morgan Shepherd; ARCA truck champion Brett Rowe; Nationwide Series driver Eric McClure; and David Gilliland whose spectacular win landed on NASCAR media’s ballot for “Race of the Decade.”
    The book offers behind-the-scenes portraits of drivers and those covering the sport, including the late NASCAR journalist David Poole of the Charlotte Observer and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s talk show “The Morning Drive.” Additionally the book includes vignettes with stars Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson, Trevor Bayne and celebrated dirt racer Buzzie Reutimann. Each provided the author with hope amid her own darkest season of grief.
    Amid persistent malaise in American society, hope remains in short supply just about everywhere, Alford said. “My aim in writing this book has been to bring encouragement to people, no matter their walk, that they, too, can achieve their own dreams,” she said. “The hope that’s abundant in these persevering NASCAR drivers will inspire readers who will learn from their journeys and find hope in their own battles of life.”
    The concept for Circle of Hope began when Alford wrote the August 2008 cover story on NASCAR and faith for Christianity Today magazine, for which she served as a senior writer. The book is now available in both Kindle format and paperback via Amazon.com.(11-20-2013)
  • Charlotte Motor Speedway From Granite to Gold: by Deb Williams with a foreword by Darrell Waltrip. Engines roared at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the first time in 1960, and the track has been home to some of NASCAR’s greatest races and most honored drivers ever since. Despite early challenges, Bruton Smith and Humpy Wheeler took charge in 1975 and together sculpted one of the most famous racetracks in America as host of the Coca-Cola 600 and the Sprint All-Star race. In 1992, the track became the first modern superspeedway to host night racing, and thousands of race fans watched their favorite drivers swap paint under the North Carolina night sky. Get in the groove with racing journalist Deb Williams as she traces the history of the Charlotte Motor Speedway, with plenty of pit stops along the way. This book is available at local stores, Amazon and online at www.historypress.net.(7-1-2013)
  • Rockingham Speedway: A book set for release later this month recounts the history of Rockingham Speedway through pictures. Authors Rick Houston and Bryan Hallman take the readers back to the humble beginnings of the track, highlighting Harold Brasington’s dream of turning a tract of land just outside of Rockingham into a mecca of auto racing in the Sandhills area, to today’s rebirth under Andy Hillenburg. Pictures contributed by Brasington’s grandson, Harold Brasington III, as well as L.G. Dewitt’s daughter, Nancy DeWitt Daugherty, show the pile of dirt slowly transformed into what was then known as North Carolina Motor Speedway and even includes a photo of “The King” Richard Petty on top of one of the paving machines. The book “Rockingham Speedway” briefly discusses by the time North Carolina Motor Speedway held its first race on Oct. 31, 1965, Brasington’s association was being dissolved. Brasington was being replaced as the track’s president in favor of J. Elsie Webb.
    The book’s photo history recalls some of the most historical moments of not only the track, but NASCAR as well. Included are photos of Benny Parsons’ mangled #72 Chevrolet following a crash on Lap 13 of the season-ending American 500 as well as the efforts by his crew to get the car back on the track. Parsons, a resident of Ellerbe, eventually did return to racing and clinched his only NASCAR points championship.
    The over 100 pages traces the track’s growth and the sport’s big names which have attempted to tame “The Rock.” Drivers like Jeff Gordon, Rusty Wallace and Cale Yarborough as well as the late Dale Earnhart, Alan Kulwicki, Neil Bonnett and Davey Allison are prominently featured in the book.
    Photos from Kasey Kahne near-miss against Matt Kenseth in the 2004 Subway 400, the final Sprint Cup series race at the track, signaled the end of the relationship with NASCAR. The closing pages, which focuses on Hillenburg’s effort to bring NASCAR back to the Sandhills, Kahne is featured again. Kahne is shown in Victory Lane following his victory in the inaugural Camping World Truck Series race at the track. The event was deemed a success and NASCAR returned for a second time this April for another truck series race.
    The book will be made available to the public on July 15 and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.com and other retailers. More ifno about the book at arcadiapublishing.com(Richmond County Daily Journal)(7-1-2013)
  • LASTCAR Book: a LASTCAR book has been published that focuses on the year-by-year of last-place finishers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The book is available for download at both Amazon.com and Smashwords.com for $3.99 and includes more than 100 pages of never-before-published articles and statistics from 1949 through 2012. See press release at http://brockbeard.blogspot.com
  • NASCAR The Game: Inside Line video game now available: America’s number one motorsport video game is back and better than ever as Activision Publishing announced that NASCAR The Game: Inside Line is available now at retail outlets nationwide on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation3 computer entertainment system and the Wii system from Nintendo. Created by leading independent game developer Eutechnyx, NASCAR The Game: Inside Line delivers the most authentic, fast-paced racing experience yet, putting players behind the wheel of the world’s most powerful stock cars, and comes fuelled with more content than ever before. For the first time ever, using telemetry data from the past two seasons, players will have the chance to relive and rewrite historic NASCAR moments in over a dozen different scenarios. Fans can also purchase the NASCAR The Game Inside Line Pack, which will offer new downloadable content and challenges throughout the 2013 season. For more information on NASCAR The Game: Inside Line, visit NASCARTheGame.com.(Market Watch)(11-6-2012)
  • News on a couple of NASCAR books: NASCAR Fans will once again have the opportunity to purchase the Official NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Yearbook as Round 5 Books announced today that the 2012 edition is now available for pre-ordering at www.Round5Books.com. The Yearbook which ships in early December 2012 is the same book presented to championship winning drivers, team owners and race team members for over 20 years. With great photography, race results and stories the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Yearbook is a must have collectable for NASCAR fans.
    AND: The book “Then Junior Said to Jeff…The Greatest NASCAR Stories Ever Told” by David Poole, Jim McLaurin, and Tom Gillispie has been updated and re-released in paperback for this fall. More information at: triumphbooks.com.(10-30-2012)
  • Johnson publishes book about 2011 Chase: Chandra and Jimmie Johnson announced the release of their self-published book, On The Road. The 208-page, hardcover book chronicles Johnson’s 2011 unsuccessful quest for an historic sixth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. The book reveals lifestyle photographer Missy McLamb’s unprecedented access to all aspects of the Johnsons’ lives, from the frustrations of ending his record-breaking winning streak to the joys of fatherhood with then 1-year-old daughter Genevieve. NASCAR’s 10-week playoff known as the Chase serves as the backdrop for this first-hand account of the emotional toll running for a championship takes on Johnson, his family and team. The book was self-published by the Johnsons and packaged for publication by designer Mark Pollard.A gallery showing of select prints will take place Oct. 13-20 in Charlotte, N.C. For more information, visit ontheroadstudio.com.(True Speed Communication)(9-13-2012)
  • Earnhardt Jr. wins vote to be on video game cover: The face of NASCAR’s new video game also happens to be the face of NASCAR. But that might not be the primary reason that Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a natural choice as the cover star of NASCAR The Game: Inside Line. “Even though I drive cars for a living, it’s fun to do it with a reset button,” Earnhardt told USA TODAY Sports about his avid interest in video gaming. “It’s definitely not foreign to me, and you can see me just as easily picking up a controller and playing. It’s comfortable and something I’ll be able to speak intelligently about if I was in a room full of gamers. I think it’s a good fit.” Earnhardt was chosen as the game’s primary ambassador via an online poll that drew more than 750,000 votes through heavy promotion in social media. He will be the focus of a marketing campaign launching next month before the game’s November release.(USA Today)(8-22-2012)
  • NASCAR in SI Kids book: Sports Illustrated Kids celebrates NASCAR in its new book, Sports Illustrated Kids’ BIG Book of Why: Sports Edition, available in stores now. BIG Book of Why: Sports Edition answers key questions including the following:
    “Why do NASCAR drivers wear long-sleeve suits when they drive?”
    “Why do drivers need to make pit stops during NASCAR races?”
    “Why do they wave a checkered flag at auto races?”
    BIG Book of Why: Sports Edition provides in-depth explanations on the science, history and origin of NASCAR, with photos and illustrations that help make the information easy to digest. For more information, please visit sikids.com/bigbookofwhysports.(SI Kids)(8-22-2012)
  • Book: 100 Things NASCAR Fans Should Know and: Most NASCAR fans have enjoyed their share of tasty hotdogs at Martinsville Speedway, have seen highlights of a young Richard Petty and have witnessed “a big one” crash at their favorite tracks. But only real fans know how to party Talladega Boulevard style or the importance of winning nicknames like Silver Fox or Splendid Splinter, or which race is known as the “race that made NASCAR.” 100 Things NASCAR Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die was written for all of those serious stock car racing fans around the world who want to enhance their NASCAR IQ. It reveals special stories and experiences from fans and memorable moments about racers and tracks both past and present. Award- winning sports journalist and author Mike Hembree shares what’s really important and touches on some of the most famous races, personalities and traditions in NACAR history including:
    How racing king Richard Petty won the last official NASCAR dirt-race event
    Sara Christian becoming the first female NASCAR participant in 1949
    How “Too Tough Too Tame” Darlington Raceway was carved out of an old peanut farm
    How Darrel Waltrip became the first driver to twice win the Talladega 500
    The sacred pilgrimage to the birthplace of Dale Earnhardt
    Whether you’re a die-hard fan from the days of The Intimidator or a new supporter of Tony Stewart and youngster Trevor Bayne, this book contains all of the things NASCAR fans should actually see and do in their lifetime. If you want to call yourself a true NASCAR aficionado, increase your knowledge of the world’s most attended sporting event, and experience the full extent of the racing world, then 100 Things NASCAR Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die is a must read. Mike Hembree has covered auto racing for two decades and seen more than 600 NASCAR races. He has been named writer of the year three times by the National Motorsports Press Association. He lives in Gaffney, NC. More info and how to purchase the book at ipgbook.com.(Independent Publishers Group)(3-18-2012)
  • New Jeff Gordon book: Do you ever wonder where all of those celebrity letters wind up? If you sent a letter to Jeff Gordon in the 1990’s, chances are that it was opened by Molly and Russ Harris, the founders of the Jeff Gordon National Fan Club – the largest personal touch fan club in racing. For more than a decade, they opened Jeff Gordon’s mail! Molly’s new book “Opening Jeff Gordon’s Mail” takes readers on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Jeff Gordon National Fan Club. From their first meeting with the sprint car standout to his early years in NASCAR to his championship seasons, the book takes racing fans to places they only dreamed of. Molly and her husband founded the Jeff Gordon National Fan Club in 1992. From the outset, they catered not just to the fans of Jeff Gordon, but all race fans. By doing so, they created the most popular fan based club in all of racing in the 1990’s. In today’s world of here today, gone tomorrow online marketing and product placement campaigns, “Opening Jeff Gordon’s Mail” takes readers to a time when customer service and fan appreciation was the gold standard. For more info and to buy the book, go to hobopublishing.co.(2-13-2012)
  • New Darrell Waltrip Book released: NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip knew that big changes were in the wind on the morning of February 18, 2001. For the first time in his long and storied career, Darrell would be watching the race from the broadcast booth high above the track, explaining its complexities to a television audience of millions. His younger brother Michael Waltrip would be among the starting drivers. Sundays Will Never Be the Same opens with a heart-stopping account of that dramatic race. By the time the sun set on that day, Michael Waltrip would have captured his first checkered flag in NASCAR’s biggest race, Dale Earnhardt Jr. would have placed second, and Dale Earnhardt, the sport’s brightest star, would have passed into eternity. The sudden death of Dale Earnhardt on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500 was a traumatic loss for the entire NASCAR family, and few were affected more deeply than Darrell Waltrip.
    For more info and to order the book, go to dwstore.com.(2-12-2012)
  • New Book by John Roberts: NASCAR is one of the world’s most popular sports and The Great Book of NASCAR Lists, by SPEED Channel broadcaster John Roberts, with M.B. Roberts, shows just exactly what all the fuss is about. Including everything from the first and the fastest to the legendary and most outrageous, this book will have fans discussing, debating and celebrating NASCAR for many races to come. Fans will find themselves fixated on lists such as:
    ” The Fifty Greatest Drivers of All Time
    ” Trophies -the Best, Biggest, and Most Bizarre
    ” NASCAR’s Grand Evolving Traditions
    ” Most Controversial Races
    ” Car Numbers that Count
    ” All-Time Laps Led
    ” And so much more!
    Lists feature a brief explanation of ranking, plus entertaining and informative background information that may surprise. From a list of best quotes from drivers (“Second place is just the first loser,”) and unexpected sponsors (Boudreaux’s Butt Paste) to the best comeback stories (Ernie Irvan) and most memorable hard-luck moments in NASCAR history (J.D. McDuffie), it’s all in here.
    John Roberts has been covering sports for two decades. He is the host of the SPEED Channel’s top rated programs NASCAR Raceday and Victory Lane. From the Daytona 500 to the Labor Day Classic, John Roberts travels to race cities every week to broadcast live with co-hosts Kyle Petty and Kenny Wallace. He lives in Charlotte, NC. M.B. Roberts is the author of 17 books, including Sign of Life: A Story of Family, Tragedy, Music and Healing and Bear’s Boys. She lives in Hollywood, FL.
    More info at perseusbooks.com.(2-9-2012)
  • Book about Trevor Bayne: After winning the Daytona 500 in 2011, twenty-year-old Trevor Bayne became a role model for NASCAR fans everywhere. Now you can read his inspiring story in the new biography, DRIVEN BY FAITH: The Trevor Bayne Story (Zonderkidz; $6.99; January 2012) by award-winning Motorsports journalist Godwin Kelly. The youngest winner ever of the Daytona 500, Bayne candidly shares the story of his faith-driven racing career with NASCAR enthusiast Kelly. Kelly’s undeniable love of the sport shines through as he details each crowning moment of Bayne’s young life-how the child attached to his toy cars went on to win three WKA national and world championships, and NASCAR’s highest honor, the Daytona 500. For each accomplishment, the Knoxville-born racer credits his faith. “The biggest thing I’ve ever done-and ever could do-is find Christ,” Bayne says in the book. “That’s the reason I’m here.”Young readers and NASCAR enthusiasts will especially appreciate Bayne’s remarkable humility and passion, not only for his work on the track, but for helping families in need with Back2Back Ministries in Mexico and spreading the word of God. A champion, a big brother, a son and a devoted Christian, Bayne continues to inspire others on and off the race track. DRIVEN BY FAITH proves that the best is yet to come from this young star, who, with faith in his heart, has already touched many lives. “Victories are great, but they go away with time,” Bayne said. “A relationship with Christ is something that can never go away.”(PR), the book can be ordered at Amazon.com or zondervan.com (12-9-2011)
  • 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Yearbook on sale: NASCAR Fans will once again have the opportunity to purchase the Official NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Yearbook as Round 5 Books announced that the 2011 edition is now available for pre-ordering at Round5Books.com. The Yearbook which ships in early December 2011 is the same book presented to championship winning drivers, team owners, and race team members for over 20 years.(11-13-2011)
  • Don Miller gets award for book:Miller’s Time,” Coastal 181’s acclaimed publication on the life and accomplishments of Don Miller, auto racing executive and longtime partner of Roger Penske, is the recipient of a highly valued award for excellence in motorsports writing. The American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) awarded “Miller’s Time” second place in its annual Motorsport Book competition, a contest judged by journalism professionals that attracts entries from around the world. Miller’s co-author is Jim Donnelly, an award-winning writer and senior editor of Hemmings Motor News in Bennington, Vermont.
    The book recounts the story of Don Miller’s remarkable rise from Chicago hot rodder and automotive businessman to his role as Penske’s top lieutenant in motorsports, a position that made him one of racing’s most respected and influential people. “Miller’s Time” describes Don’s discovery and mentoring of both Rusty Wallace and Ryan Newman, his invention of the NASCAR roof flap, and in gripping detail, the nearly fatal accident on pit road at Talladega that left him disabled.
    Miller was humbled when hearing of the award. “I am very pleased, and very grateful, for the recognition we received, especially because it was the first effort for both of us in a project like this,” Miller said. “To have been involved with a friend like Jim Donnelly in telling my story, and then have it win praise from our peers in racing is a true honor.”
    “This is the story of Don’s amazing life of accomplishment, lived fully with compassion and humility,” Donnelly said. “Not many authors are fortunate to find a subject with such a worthwhile and interesting story, one that can also so clearly benefit anyone who reads it. I am thrilled to share this tribute with him.”
    All net proceeds from the sale of “Miller’s Time” will be used in efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect, a special interest of Miller, who founded “Stocks for Tots” in Mooresville, NC, to mobilize the racing community around the issue. Miller was the recipient of NASCAR’s first Humanitarian of the Year award.(Coastal 181)(6-5-2011)
  • Pocono: NASCAR’s Northern Invasion: As a former sports editor of the Pocono Record, author Joe Miegoc covered racing at Pocono Raceway for two newspapers for more than 15 years, saw most of the good at the track and some of the bad. Now he has turned spectator, beginning a two-year journey that gave birth to “Pocono:NASCAR’s Northern Invasion.”
    This book documents iconic Pocono Raceway, the role it played in spreading NASCAR above the Mason-Dixon Line and conversely, the role NASCAR played in saving Pocono. “Pocono: NASCAR’s Northern Invasion” includes interviews and recollections of major NASCAR and Indy Car players of the time, Richard Petty, David Pearson, Darrell Waltrip, Bobby Allison, Rusty Wallace, A.J. Foyt, Janet Guthrie, Bill Elliott, Geoff Bodine and others.
    As Pocono observes the 40th anniversary of its first major event, the 1971 Schaefer 500, “Pocono: NASCAR’s Northern Invasion” details how NASCAR creator Bill France helped Pocono survive the USAC-CART Indy car war, how the track rode the coattails of Hall of Fame drivers Petty, David Pearson and Bobby Allison to financial success and how at Pocono, Allison’s career ended and Tim Richmond’s flourished.
    It also documents Pocono’s role in rock music history with its 1972 event that drew more than 200,000 people to a site more known for auto racing, with more than 30 million people in a 300-mile radius.
    “Pocono: NASCAR’s Northern Invasion” is an informative read that shows Pocono, in all its remoteness, in the great outdoors, where the legends have raced, and won and lost. For more information on this book go to www.Xlibris.com.(Pocono Raceway)(5-21-2011)
  • Book: Funny Dan the Race Car Man: Headline Kids, a division of Headline Books, has released Funny Dan the Race Car Man [32 pages, Retail $15.95] by award-winning writer Tim Packman this week. The book is part of the NASCAR Library Collection and is illustrated by talented artist Brendan Sellaro, a student at West Virginia University. Funny Dan is a NASCAR driver who competes for the pure joy of being involved in something he loves. His passion for racing is the one thing that motivates him to compete and, despite the fact he’s never been to victory lane, he’s still a winner to his family, friends and fellow competitors.
    Children will enjoy the antics and hilarity of Funny Dan and his crew as they take part in the Super Fast 500, the biggest race of the year. Between his crew and fellow drivers, Funny Dan shows what it’s like to be a winner on, and off, the track. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., and now resident of Mooresville, N.C., Packman previously authored Bobby Allison – A Racer’s Racer and contributed two stories to Chicken Soup for the Soul – NASCAR II. He’s also won several media awards as a writer and for his work in covering motorsports for almost two decades. He is currently the Communications Director for R3 Motorsports; the #23 Dodge in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
    Packman will be a featured author in New York City at the Book Expo America May 24-26. Funny Dan will be there, too, looking sharp in his Sparco racing suit. For more information or to order copies of the book visit www.HeadlineKids.com.(5-5-2011)
  • 2011 National Speedway Directory comes out in May: The source for race tracks hits the shelves in mid-May. The 2011 National Speedway Directory will list a total of 1,374 auto racing facilities. This directory is the most comprehensive and accurate listing of active tracks in the United States and Canada. Inside this handy 592-page paper-back book is detailed information on 1,000 oval tracks, 331 dragstrips and 108 road courses, including phone numbers, addresses, exact directions, nights of operation and type of racing. National Speedway Directory is the trusted information source for the motorsports industry. It prints listings of oval tracks, dragstrips, road courses, sanctions, publications, museums and race schedules. National Speedway Directory has been published annually since 1975. Track Guide is the new iPhone app, which puts race track information and directions right in the palm of your hand. Users can locate their favorite tracks, anywhere, anytime.(more info at the National Speedway Directory site)(5-3-2011)
  • TV Guide produces 2nd Insider’s guide to NASCAR: TV Guide Magazine and NASCAR have joined forces for the second annual TV Guide Magazine’s NASCAR Ultimate Insider’s Guide for 2011, an all-access collector’s guide for every NASCAR fan. The 88-page, special interest publication will be sold online and on newsstands for two months that began, February 17, 2011. TV Guide Magazine’s NASCAR Ultimate Insider’s Guide will feature unique content from award-winning NASCAR journalists, exclusive access, unmatched insight, and the latest up-to-the-minute information and features on the 63rd season of NASCAR. Fans can purchase the issue online at www.tvguidemagazine.com/nascar or at stores nationwide for $6.99.(TV Guide)(2-18-2011)


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  • NASCAR featured in new Sports Illustrated book: Time Home Entertainment, Inc. and the editors of Sports Illustrated for Kids bring parents and kids a brand-new and book just in time for the holiday season. Sports Illustrated Kids: All Access is your pass to behind-the-scenes photos of athletes, locker rooms and more. Most fans experience sports from afar, but Sports Illustrated Kids gives you an All Access pass. Get an up-close look at the coolest items and places in sports. What does the inside of a baseball look like? What’s behind the doors of an NFL locker room?
    Readers can unveil details by lifting up clear layers of acetate and go places they haven’t been before. Packed with exciting photos from Sports Illustrated and fascinating trivia, this hands-on book is guaranteed to entertain sports fans of all ages. With over 50 photos, the 48-page hardcover book offers readers an up-close look at the coolest items, people and places in sports.
    Inside All Access, fans will find pages devoted to NASCAR:
    * An “all access” x-ray look into Kyle Busch’s NASCAR Sprint Cup racing team.
    * The 18-wheel tractor-trailer for Busch’s team is stocked with everything crew members need as they travel.(11-17-2010)
  • New book: The Evolution of NASCAR: A Historical Collection Born on a beach, raised on the dusty dirt ovals of the Southeast, NASCAR has grown up to become a national sporting phenomenon. The road traveled has sometimes been bumpy and circuitous, but at all times interesting.
    The Evolution of NASCAR: A Historical Collection chronicles the long hard drive from Daytona’s beach to the sprawling superspeedways of today. Veteran NASCAR writer Deb Williams reintroduces the stars through the years – Red Byron, Lee and Richard Petty, David Pearson, Dale Earnhardt, Bill Elliott, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and many others – while recounting the great moments of stock car racing, beginning with the first NASCAR-sanctioned race in 1948. Along the way, the author also recalls the colorful characters who lifted the sport to prominence – including Jocko Flocko, the racing Rhesus monkey.
    What sets this history of the sport apart from other accounts of the rise of NASCAR is the unique “scrapbook” format. The Evolution of NASCAR: A Historical Collection contains vintage photographs, artwork and memorabilia tucked into the dozens of pockets throughout the book. Replicas include such items as a 1940s Bill France Sr. business card, a 1948 ad for the first NASCAR beach and road race, a program from the first Daytona 500, a 1974 NASCAR driver’s license and a 1994 Brickyard 400 press credential. No racing fan should be without this “home archive” of NASCAR’s illustrious history.
    “This Evolution of NASCAR book is such a neat deal,” writes legendary driver Richard Petty in the book’s foreword. “It lets people see our NASCAR family in a unique way. It’s got a lot of photos no one has ever seen, so it gives a pretty interesting look at what our sport was when it began, where it’s come from and how it’s grown to what it is today.”
    The Evolution of NASCAR: A Historical Collection is part of the Vault series from Whitman Publishing, LLC, of Atlanta. The 144-page hardcover 12-inch by 10-inch book with slipcase is available for $49.95 in bookstores. The book can also be ordered online at WhitmanVaultBooks.com.(11-9-2010)
  • 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Yearbook on sale: NASCAR Fans will once again have the opportunity to purchase the Official NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Yearbook as Round 5 Books announced today that the 2010 edition is now available for pre-ordering at www.Round5Books.com. The Yearbook which ships in early December 2010 is the same book presented to championship winning drivers, team owners and race team members for over 20 years.(Round 5 Books)(10-26-2010)
  • NASCAR Fan Book: The Weekend Starts on Wednesday: True Stories of Remarkable NASCAR Fans is a travelogue illuminating the lives of dedicated, die-hard racing fans who the author, Andrew Giangola, encountered along his journey across NASCAR nation. The book delves into the rich, Americana history of NASCAR and explains its popularity through the eyes of fans, both ridiculous and inspirational. Corporal (U.S. Army) John Hyland, who is a featured fan, will sing the National Anthem for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. Hyland, a Charlotte native, is a Purple Heart recipient. Five of the passionate NASCAR fans who are featured in the book will also be there to tell their stories first-hand and sign copies of the book. Two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Tony Stewart provided the book’s foreword, and Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch provides the afterword. Copies of The Weekend Starts on Wednesday: True Stories of Remarkable NASCAR Fans will be available for purchase at Books-A-Million.(PR)(5-28-2010)
  • New book by Don Miller released “Miller’s Time – A Lifetime at Speed”: A lot of books claim they’ll tell you what it’s really like to be a huge success in auto racing, a valued decision maker, somebody who really makes things happen instead of talking about it. This book is different. Don Miller went from racing on the streets, literally, to being a guy who stood shoulder to shoulder with Roger Penske for over 30 years, building the Penske racing empire.
    Until now, Miller has never told the story of his astounding life in motorsports. Coastal 181 is proud to publish Miller’s memoir, his detailed, unflinchingly honest accounting of the skill and dedication needed to stay out front in one of the world’s most competitive sports. Miller is a guy who has done pretty much everything one person can accomplish in the business of racing and the world of really fast cars. A Chicago hot rodder, he developed into a professional drag racer, racing official, hard parts distributor, mechanic and fabricator, and the top salesman of performance engines in America.
    And that was all before he met Roger Penske. As Penske’s top racing executive, Miller became one of the most instrumental figures in modern automobile racing. He discovered a young Rusty Wallace and coached him to superstardom, then co-founded Penske Racing South with Wallace and the Captain. As Penske’s expert on race tires, he recaptured the Midwest’s short tracks for Goodyear. As Penske’s sponsorship liaison, Miller created not just today’s motorsports marketing program, but also the traveling souvenir trailer and show car. As Penske’s personal talent evaluator, he made a career not only for Wallace, but also for Ryan Newman.
    In “Miller’s Time,” Don Miller explains in clear and often humorous detail not only life at the pinnacle of racing, but what it’s like to nearly die there. Miller has set speed records on the Bonneville Salt Flats, stood in victory lane at the Indianapolis 500, fabricated cars from scratch, and taken a kid from tumbledown short tracks to a Winston Cup title.
    If you’re ready for real honesty about how to make it in racing, Miller and his co-author, Hemmings Publishing Senior Editor Jim Donnelly, are ready to tell you. “Miller’s Time,” a 304-page hardcover priced at $29.95, is available through Coastal 181, www.coastal181.com or toll free at 877-907-8181. Miller, who received NASCAR’s first Humanitarian of the Year Award for his work with youngsters at risk, has pledged to donate all proceeds from the book’s sale to organizations that support the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
    For more info about the book, see coastal181.com or my Book News page.(4-16-2010)
  • New book about African-American Stock Car team: How an African-American Stock Car Team Made Its Mark on NASCAR (Seven Stories Press) includes Leonard T. Miller’s recollections of the uphill battles, institutionalized racism and glass ceiling encountered in high-tier racing in this newly released book, written in conjunction with sportswriter Andrew Simon. In 2005, Leonard T. Miller and his father, Leonard W. Miller (author of Silent Thunder) became the first African-Americans to win a track championship in NASCAR history.(NASCAR This Week), more info and to buy the book at sevenstories.com.(4-1-2010)
  • UNC Asheville Professor Releases Landmark Book on History of NASCAR: How did NASCAR evolve from moonshine running and dirt tracks to a billion dollar industry and the biggest spectator sport in the United States? A new book by Daniel S. Pierce, University of North Carolina at Asheville associate professor of history, takes an unprecedented look into NASCAR’s history and reveals a story that racing fans and Southern historians alike will find compelling. “Real NASCAR: White Lightning, Red Clay, and Big Bill France” (UNC Press, April 2010) examines the sport from its postwar beginnings on Piedmont North Carolina dirt tracks and Daytona Beach dunes through the early 1970s when the sport spread beyond its southern roots and gained national recognition. And in a fascinating and controversial twist, Pierce also confirms the popular notion of NASCAR’s origins in bootlegging and establishes beyond a doubt the close ties between organized racing and the illegal liquor industry. Though Pierce grew up within earshot of the former Asheville Speedway, he didn’t fall in love with NASCAR until a college roommate urged him to attend a race at Bristol Motor Speedway in 1994. Pierce was an instant convert and has since interwoven his passion for the sport with his profession in studying Southern history. He put in countless hours talking with the founding fathers of the sport. Pierce started collecting interviews for “Real NASCAR” more than 10 years ago. The book includes conversations with Ned Jarrett, Humpy Wheeler, Bobby Isaac, Junior Johnson and Big Bill France himself, among many others.
    Perhaps the most compelling part of the book is the confirmation that racing had early ties to moonshining. “When I first started doing research on NASCAR, I thought I would prove that the whole moonshine connection was overblown and exaggerated,” said Pierce. “As I put it in the introduction, however, ‘The deeper I looked, the more liquor I found.’ Bootleggers and moonshiners were at the very core of early Piedmont stock car racing and the early days of NASCAR. The illegal industry not only provided the most talented and successful drivers, but the best mechanics, car owners, promoters and race track builders and owners.” Moonshine and fast cars were a natural way to draw students into studying history, said Pierce, who has offered a class on NASCAR and involved students in the research process for “Real NASCAR.” Those students who worked alongside Pierce found that he is not the archetypical tweed-wearing college professor. For instance, he has the whole side of a Dodge Challenger previously driven by Dave Blaney bolted to his office wall.
    Pierce, an Asheville native, holds a doctorate in history from the University of Tennessee. A noted NASCAR historian, Pierce has written widely on the topic, including encyclopedia articles and an entry on “The Most Southern Sport on Earth: NASCAR and the Unions” for the Journal of Southern Culture. He also detailed the sport’s bootlegging past for a History Channel special on Appalachian history. Pierce is also the author of “The Great Smokies: From Natural Habitat to National Park,” which was the inaugural selection for Tennessee Reads, a book club featuring titles from the University of Tennessee Press. For more information or to read and excerpt from “Real NASCAR,” visit uncpress.unc.edu.(4-5-2010)
  • New book about Bill France Jr.: A new book about the life of Bill France Jr. is available in stores now. Written by H.A. Branham, NASCAR’s Director of Written Communications, with a foreword from legendary newsman Tom Brokaw, the book chronicles France’s role in NASCAR’s early years prior to taking over for his father, through his battle with cancer and his mentoring of son and current Chairman/CEO Brian France. Known as a strong leader and colorful character, the stories in this book detail both sides. For example, from the book: “Bill Jr.’s speeches were sometimes spiced with witticisms that became known as “Billisms.” They were short and often politically incorrect. But no matter how they were perceived, they were universally understood whenever they were uttered. One of his favorites, to describe the importance of everyone “being on the same page” when it came to an idea: “We gotta all be pissin’ through the same straw.” More info at NASCAR.com.(4-1-2010)
  • TV Guide teams with NASCAR to produce guide: TV Guide Magazine has partnered with NASCAR to create the TV Guide Magazine: NASCAR Special Collector’s Issue, the ultimate must-have collector’s guide for every NASCAR fan. The 88-page, special interest publication will be sold online and on newsstands for two months beginning today, March 30.ccTV Guide Magazine: NASCAR Special Collector’s Issue will feature unique content from NASCAR journalists, insider access, unparalleled insight, and the latest up-to-the-minute information and news features on NASCAR.ccFans can purchase the issue at stores nationwide for $6.99. The guide is also available now on NASCAR.com’s Superstore for $7.99 or free with a $50.00 purchase.
    TV Guide Magazine: NASCAR Special Collector’s Issue offers fans the latest on the 62nd season, including:
    * It’s Showtime! – The first behind-the-scenes look at Showtime’s new series, Inside NASCAR. The new weekly series delivers fast-paced, inside-the-cockpit commentary from the sleekest set yet. Take a look at what’s in store and meet the all-star talent set for center stage.
    * Get With the Program – Season predictions from FOX, ESPN, TNT, SPEED, and BET’s on-air experts.
    * Catching Up With the Past – The NASCAR Hall of Fame salutes 60 years of legends, history and spectacular success on a road well-traveled. Get the first detailed look at the soon-to-open NASCAR Hall of Fame.
    * Leaders of the Track – Who are the top 25 best NASCAR Spring Cup Series racers?
    * Rush to Judgment – Get the latest road map to success in the 2010 chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. A graphic and statistical overview of each of the top 25 drivers in the Sprint Cup Series.
    * On Tracks – Take a look at the venues that power the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. An overview of each of the NASCAR track venues, with insider map information.
    * Jr.’s Season on the Brink – Dale Earnhardt Jr. is driving to win again, and putting last year’s struggles in the rearview mirror. An in-depth look at what Dale Jr. and his fans expect this season.
    * Switching Gears – A special look at the debut of Danica Patrick on the stock car scene. Can the Indy sensation generate the same heat in NASCAR?
    * Complete Racing Schedules – Details on all NASCAR television coverage. TV Guide PR)(3-30-2010)
  • Newman’s release 2nd book about pets: Last weekend, Ryan Newman and wife Krissie, released their second book Pit Road: NASCAR Stars and Their Pets, the Second Lap at Bristol Motor Speedway. The book celebrates the NASCAR community and their beloved furry and sometimes even feathered families. Pit Road Pets: NASCAR Stars and Their Pets, the Second Lap, gives fans an intimate look at some of NASCAR’s most loved drivers both past and present, their families and their love for animals. Crew chiefs, broadcast personalities and the people who work behind the scenes at races each weekend are all part of this picturesque book.
    “The book isn’t just the drivers,” Krissie Newman said. “We have the big personalities in the sport, but we also have a large contingent of the media broadcasters; we have the people who are behind the scenes like Jay Howard, who coordinates all of the pre-race activities; we have more team owners like Richard Childress and Rick Hendrick. This is the only book that encompasses every aspect of what racing is on a non-racing scale. And it’s really incredible to listen to the personal stories that they tell about their lives away from the racetrack.”
    As the follow-up to the Newman’s first Pit Road Pets book which was published in 2006, The Second Lap even delves into the heart of NASCAR – its fans. Photographer Karen Will Rogers and a team of people traveled to three racetracks during the 2009 season – Bristol Motor Speedway, Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn and Charlotte Motor Speedway – to meet and photograph NASCAR’s devoted fans and their pets.
    “When we started planning our second book, it was really a no-brainer to include the fans,” Krissie Newman said. “The fans are really the heartbeat of this sport. NASCAR has the most unique and most dedicated fans out there, and we wanted to showcase them and their personalities and their love for animals in our book. In fact, it was a chance meeting with fans that really encouraged us to help animals and start the Ryan Newman Foundation. And I can’t tell you how many fans come up to either me or Ryan to tell us about their pets or who want us to meet their dogs. It just made sense.”
    The book, which sales for $24.95, is available for purchase at www.RyanNewmanFoundation.org or at the racetrack on the #39 Ryan Newman souvenir trailer. The proceeds from the first book helped build a regional spay/neuter clinic at the Humane Society of Catawba County in Hickory, N.C. To date, The Ryan Newman Foundation S.N.I.P. clinic has already performed over 13,000 spay/neuter surgeries since their doors opened in 2007, preventing the death of hundreds of thousands of unwanted and stray animals.
    With the release of The Second Lap, the Ryan Newman Foundation hopes to make an even bigger impact. One hundred percent of the Ryan Newman Foundation net proceeds will be donated to animal causes such as giving grants to families that can’t afford to spay or neuter their pets. The Ryan Newman Foundation also plans to build an animal education center in North Carolina that will serve as a model for animal welfare and education throughout the U.S. For more information about the book, visit www.RyanNewmanFoundation.org.(3-22-2010)
  • ESPN Publishing to Release Dale Earnhardt Commemorative Bookazine: As NASCAR prepares to welcome the inaugural class into its Hall of Fame, ESPN pays tribute to Dale Earnhardt, the sport’s greatest hero, with a collector’s edition commemorative bookazine: “Dale Earnhardt: The Legend Lives” – available nationwide March 30 for $9.99. The 100-page book celebrates every step of Earnhardt’s rise through NASCAR’s ranks, from turning a wrench on his daddy’s late-model sedans to showing his youngest boy, Dale Jr., the quickest way around a track. The stories and rich photography show sides of Earnhardt rarely seen by fans, told by those who knew him best: his son, Dale Jr., his team owner, Richard Childress, his gas man, Chocolate Myers, and NASCAR’s CEO, Brian France; along with a team of the most respected motorsports writers in the business—Ed Hinton, Ryan McGee and Marty Smith, to name a few.(ESPN PR)(3-19-2010)
  • Book about past speedways: Speedway: Auto Racing’s Ghost Tracks by S.S. Collins and Gavin D. Ireland: Around the world lies a number of long-forgotten raceways; windswept and abandoned, the derelict pit roads and crumbling concrete are all that remains of once great race tracks. From the NASCAR heartland of North Wilkesboro and Middle Georgia to the great European super speedways at Monza and Brooklands. All photographed as they are now, but remembered in their prime. More info at motorbooks.com.(2-15-2010)
  • NASCAR Scene to end? UPDATE merger: Another print media publication may be biting the dust. That venerable NASCAR publication Scene Daily [actually NASCAR Scene, Scene Daily is the web site], the weekly that was created back in 1982 [actually began in 1977] by legendary Rob Griggs, appears on the ropes, with its owners cutting virtually the entire staff Monday, in a stunning staff meeting. The operation is part of the Charlotte-based American City Business Journals, which is owned by Advance Publications (which also publishes Street&Smiths’ various sports publications, including The Sporting News). Advance Publications is a privately-owned company led by major publisher and billionaire SI Newhouse (Vanity Fair, Vogue, The New Yorker, among other well-known publications).(mikemulhern.net), hearing NASCAR Scene will cease to exist but NASCAR Illustrated will continue. Those laid off supposedly include Steve Waid, Mike Hembree, Jeff Gluck, Rea White, David Exum, Jared Turner, David Griffith, Ben White, Mark Sluder and Shea Alexander. See more info at the Daly Planet.(1-6-2010)
    UPDATE: Street & Smith’s Sports Group announced the merger of NASCAR Scene into an enhanced NASCAR Illustrated and plans to concentrate race and breaking news coverage of the sport on its Web site, scenedaily.com. Subscribers to the weekly NASCAR Scene will begin receiving the monthly NASCAR Illustrated, beginning with the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Preview Issue in February. NASCAR Illustrated will see the addition of a number of Scene’s award-winning staffers and its most popular features as it continues to offer a unique behind-the-scenes look at the country’s most popular form of motorsports. The enhanced magazine will also add coverage of NASCAR’s Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series for the first time. “We’re excited about the opportunity to offer our expanded subscriber base NASCAR Illustrated’s special look at the fun and excitement that the sport offers,” Publisher Michael J. Fresina said. “With the opening of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in spring and what should be one of the most competitive seasons ever on the track, 2010 promises to be a special year for the sport’s fans and our readers, and we’re looking forward to it.”(SceneDaily)(1-7-2010)
  • dreamGEAR teams up with NASCAR: dreamGEAR announced a licensing partnership with NASCAR and is producing NASCAR-branded gaming accessories for racing video game titles on the market. Compatible with all Playstation3 (PS3) and Nintendo Wii racing games, the new NASCAR-branded dreamGEAR wheels will give gamers the feel of being on the racetrack, while showcasing the look of iconic NASCAR racecar wheels. dreamGEAR worked with NASCAR to give racing game enthusiasts an experience at every turn much like their favorite NASCAR drivers. Simulating the excitement of real-life steering wheels, the NASCAR-branded dreamGEAR wheels have a larger grip and lifelike feel than other video game wheels currently on the market. The NASCAR inspired wheel design provides a combination of aesthetics and practicality with full rubberized sidings for enhanced comfort and brackets for authentic styling. The two new NASCAR racing wheels for PS3 and Wii attach to or hold a Wii Controller or a PS3 wireless controller, making it possible for gamers to grip the wheel and simulate actual racing. Both racing wheels will be available in the first quarter of 2010 in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. These new products will be introduced at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Jan. 7 – 10, 2010 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, booth Central 7905 and will be available in the first quarter of 2010 at dreamGEAR.net and retail stores nationally. The Nintendo Wii and PS3 racing wheels are $14.99.(BusinessWire)(1-4-2010)
  • New publisher for NASCAR Yearbook UPDATE Sold Out: NASCAR fans will once again have the opportunity to recapture moments from the past season with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Yearbook as Round 5 Inc. announced today that it has been named publisher of this classic title, which is also part of the NASCAR Library Collection. The coffee-table publication includes season-ending statistics, a special preface outlining this year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, and an in-depth look at the final 10 races of the season that determine this year’s champion. The 224-page collectible recaps the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup season with in-depth editorial written by noted motorsports journalist Bob Zeller and full-color photos from today’s best sports photographers. Yearbooks can be ordered by calling (888) 460-7169, or online at round5books.com. Orders will be shipped in early December.(NASCAR)(11-7-2009)
    UPDATE: The 2009 Yearbook has sold out and is not available [check eBay.com and see if anyone is selling]. There will NOT be a 2010 Press Guide by either UMI or Round 5 Book.(12-28-2009)
  • He Crashed Me So I Crashed Him Back: Mark Bechtel has written a book with perhaps the longest title in NASCAR history: He Crashed Me So I Crashed Him Back: The True Story of the Year the King, Jaws, Earnhardt, and the Rest of NASCAR’s Feudin’, Fightin’ Good Ol’ Boys Put Stock Car Racing on the Map (New York: Little, Brown and Company). Yes, it centers on the 1979 Daytona 500, which ended with a Richard Petty victory and a brawl between Bobby and Donnie Allison and Cale Yarborough. But Bechtel goes on to tell the story of the entire 1979 season, which began with a huge snowstorm keeping viewers up and down the East Cost inside their homes, available to watch what would be one of NASCAR’s more noteworthy races. In the author’s view, the 1979 season marked “the birth of modern stock car racing.” The book will be released in February 2010.(NASCAR This Week), more info at hachettebookgroup.com(12-27-2009)
  • Buddha on the Backstretch: The Spiritual Wisdom of Driving 200 MPH (Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, $27) by Arlynda Boyer is both “a race fan most of her life” and “a practicing Buddhist for more than 10 years.” The book offers “personal improvement via popular culture.”(NASCAR This Week), to order the book or more info, see mupress.org(12-27-2009)
  • DVD about “the Rise of Kahne” released: Kasey Kahne Racing announced the release of a new DVD entitled “The Rise of Kahne” that documents Kasey Kahne’s rise from short track racing to NASCAR superstardom. The 90-minute, documentary style DVD narrated by country music star Dierks Bentley presents fans with an insider’s gaze into Kahne’s life on and off the race track. Arriving just in time for the holiday season, “The Rise of Kahne” is now available for sale at www.kaseykahnestore.com for the introductory price of $19.99.
    Produced by NASCAR Media Group in conjunction with Motorsports Management International and Kasey Kahne Racing, “The Rise of Kahne” follows Kahne’s journey from his home state of Washington across the country to Indiana and finally to North Carolina as he battles the short track racing ranks in USAC on his high-octane drive to the elite ranks of NASCAR. Fans have a front row seat to watch Kahne charging toward his dream and chasing childhood heroes like Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon, all while building the skills needed to make it to the top, where he eventually becomes one of the most recognizable faces in American motorsports.
    “What I like most about the DVD is that it made me reflect back about all the things that happened over the years trying to make it to NASCAR,” said Kahne, an 11-time NASCAR Sprint Cup race winner and a former USAC National Midget champion. “It captures not only the good times, but also the bad times that are a big part of what everybody in this sport experiences.”
    Kahne’s ascent to racing stardom is also a tale of committed family and loyal fans. He is a humble dirt- track prodigy that took his talent to the highest level, yet remains a down-to-earth guy today. It’s a story any motorsports enthusiast won’t want to miss, and a journey never to forget.
    “The Rise of Kahne” DVD features sit-down interviews with Kahne and members of his family, exclusive video and photos, archival racing footage, behind-the-scenes NASCAR and World of Outlaws footage, and a special bonus features section. DVD cover artwork is available at sportssystems.com. For more information, visit www.kaseykahnestore.com.(MMI)(12-17-2009)
  • National Speedway Directory Co-Founder Retires: Frost Motorsports, LLC, a financial advisory firm for the motorsports industry, has acquired “National Speedway Directory” from Allan E. Brown. The deal includes Speedwaysonline.com and “The History of America’s Speedways.” Allan E. Brown will remain as a consultant to the publication. He has been associated with National Speedway Directory for over 30 years. Widely recognized as an authoritarian on the history of auto racing, Allan E. Brown has visited over 2,000 auto racing facilities. He has received the RPM Promoters Workshops prestigious “Stew Reamer Award” for lifetime service to the weekly auto racing industry. Frost Motorsports, LLC President Timothy W. Frost said, “National Speedway Directory is a highly respected publication. It is considered as the authoritative source for racing facility information. We are excited to continue the tradition, while exploring opportunities for growth.” National Speedway Directory is an information source for the motorsports industry. It prints listings of oval tracks, dragstrips, road courses, sanctions, publications, museums and race schedules. National Speedway Directory has been published annually since 1975.(PR)(12-16-2009)
  • New book about showcar representatives in NASCAR: Reese Garab a former Dale Earnhardt showcar representative, has released his first book, how to become a showcar driver/representative, and the life of a showcar driver/respresentative, entitled Is That a Real Race Car. A question that has been asked a thousand times, and usually followed closely by a follow-up question. “How did you get this great job?” These two questions gave him an idea for a book. This idea grew into a dream-an unwaiverable ambition to write a book about his ten year career as a showcar representative. Just released by South Shangri-La Publishing, this full color book is a behind the scenes view of what it takes to become a successful Nascar show car representative, and how to obtain such a career. Is That a Real Race Car can be purchased at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble or on his website, reesegarab.com.(10-31-2009)
  • To Indy and Beyond: The Life of Racing Legend Jack Zink: Historian and author Dr. Bob Blackburn takes readers for a fast-paced ride across the multi-faceted life of the industrialist and auto racing pioneer in To Indy and Beyond: The Life of Racing Legend Jack Zink. The 206-page book chronicles Zink’s passion for racing that led him to the top of several motor sports – including two victories at the Indianapolis 500. With more than 150 photos, this is a fascinating read for fans of motor sports and Tulsa and Oklahoma history. It is also powerfully motivational, as Blackburn captures the essence of the energetic, competitive spirit that drove Jack Zink.
    Product Description: Jack Zink is a legend in the world of car racing. As a driver for more than twenty years, he won stockcar races on dirt tracks, accumulated trophies in off-road dune buggies, and even set a flying mile speed record in a 1957 Pontiac he designed and built for the early NASCAR circuit. As a team leader, mechanic, and engineer, he pushed the limits of technology with his innovative designs for cars that were lighter, lower, and more powerful. Even his failures, such as the attempted use of a turbine engine in a car, opened new doors that others rushed through in the pursuit of speed and durability. Perhaps he is best remembered for his victories at the greatest track in the world, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the greatest race in the world, the Indianapolis 500. From 1950 to 1967, Jack walked shoulder to shoulder with the greatest team owners, mechanics, and drivers in racing history. Twice, his team won the coveted Borg Warner Trophy, in back-to-back Indy victories (1955 and 1956). But Jack was much more than a pioneer in car racing. He raced sailboats. He raced motorcycles. He also was a skilled engineer and businessman, ultimately building not one but two companies into international giants that still dominate the combustion industry with burners, flares, and incinerators that greatly reduce pollution. Even with all these accomplishments, Jack was most proud of his service to his community, especially the Zink Ranch, a 33,000-acre nature preserve in the Osage Hills of Oklahoma that will perpetually provide open space in an increasingly crowded and urban world. This biography weaves all of these stories into a portrait of Jack Zink. Along the way are the friends and family members who were part of the adventure, as well as the challenges and opportunities that drove him forward. Here is the story of one amazing man who lived by a simple code: “The man who wins is the man who tries.”
    For more info or to buy the book, go to store.indianapolismotorspeedway.com or amazon.com.(Scissortail Group PR)(10-30-2009)
  • NASCAR Video Recaps at Auto Dealers: The Automotive Broadcasting Network (ABN), auto retailing’s first private television network fueled by CBS, announced that the company has entered an agreement with NASCAR Media Group to deliver weekly NASCAR racing video recaps to Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford and Toyota dealer-customers across the county. The two-minute videos, produced by NASCAR Media Group and seen in dealer showrooms, will feature results and updates from NASCAR’s three national series: the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.(Business Wire)(9-30-2009)
  • Gibbs book debuts on NY Times Best Seller List:
    Game Plan for Life: Your Personal Playbook for Success, the July 21 release by NFL Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs with Jerry B. Jenkins, will debut at No. 3 on the New York Times hardcover advice list on Sunday, August 9. In Game Plan for Life, Coach Gibbs shares the principles that have guided him to success in every area of his life and explains how you can make those same principles work for you.(JGR)(8-9-2009)
  • Joe Gibbs releases book “Game of Life”: Joe Gibbs, NASCAR championship team owner, three-time Super Bowl–winning coach of the Washington Redskins, and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is set to release his legacy book Game Plan for Life on July 21, 2009, while embarking on a book and media tour in New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Indiana and Washington, D.C., hoping to help men lead more productive, meaningful, and God-centered lives.
    Gibbs is concerned about the issues facing our society, especially today’s men. To address these concerns, he commissioned a Washington, D.C. public-opinion research firm to survey men throughout the country to determine which issues are most important to the “average Joe.” The research was designed to reveal what men today consider the most essential principles for living a successful life. The firm’s research identified 11 key “hot button” issues that men wrestle with; including finances, health, relationships, purpose, vocation and overcoming addiction. To most effectively tackle these concerns, Gibbs drafted a team of 11 experts to specifically address each one, focusing primarily on what the Bible says about these difficult issues. Game Plan for Life is an entertaining and insightful book that shares Gibbs’ own story, struggles and triumphs. More info at gameplanforlife.com/events.(7-18-2009)
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul Adds NASCAR to Its Team: Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC, the publisher of one of the best-selling book series ever, and NASCAR, sanctioning body for one of the most prominent spectator sports in the United States, have finalized the terms of a collaboration to create a new edition to the best-selling series: Chicken Soup for the Soul: NASCAR. The book will be co-authored by Cathy Elliott, a weekly syndicated columnist covering NASCAR. The new relationship was finalized just before the Daytona 500 and is the second partnership for these storied brands, which enjoy two of the most loyal fan bases in the world. “NASCAR is thrilled to be working with a leading brand like Chicken Soup for the Soul that is both timely and growing,” said Blake Davidson, managing director of licensed products for NASCAR. “We are fortunate to have the best fans in the sporting world and this book will be a fitting tribute to the many ways our sport inspires our fans and drivers.” Chicken Soup for the Soul: NASCAR will compile 101 short stories about the enthusiasm, vision and passion that this sport inspires from drivers and their families, celebrities, fans and NASCAR legends. For more information, visit www.chickensoup.com.(Chicken Soup for the Soul site)(4-5-2009)
  • NASCAR Pit Crew Coach Wayne DeLoriea Releases Motivational Book, Coach Without A Whistle: Wayne DeLoriea, former Roush-Fenway Racing pit crew coach and winner of two Pit Crew Championships, has released his first book, a motivational outline entitled Coach Without A Whistle…A Coffee Cup Approach To Management. Wayne DeLoriea is one of the most successful coaches in NASCAR, bringing firsthand knowledge of what it is to put championship teams together. DeLoriea has had a diverse career, including his celebrated work with severely and profoundly handicapped children and their families, work for the Administrative Office of the Courts of North Carolina, gym co-owner, personal trainer, motivational speaker, and Christian counselor. After being promoted to Master Fitness Trainer, he was approached by a NASCAR pit crew and was asked for training advice, and ultimately, pit crew coaching. After 67 trips to Victory Lane and 2 Pit Crew Championships, Coach DeLoriea has demonstrated a propensity to win. Released in January by Xulon Press, Coach Without A Whistle presents a spiritual, psychological, and physical approach to effective management by first teaching how to manage oneself. By offering a low-key, high response method, DeLoriea’s book instructs how to get the most out of yourself and others, a process equally relevant to success as a corporate manager, or a coach, parent, friend, or spouse. Coach Without A Whistle can be purchased at Amazon.com, as well as from retailers Barnes & Noble and BOOKS-A-MILLION. Wayne DeLoriea will be making personal appearances at bookstores in support of the book’s release, details for which can be found on his website, www.deloriea.com.(4-5-2009)
  • Daytona 500 heroes meet SI Swimsuit Issue models This weekend’s Fabulous February cover story brings together two American institutions — NASCAR and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition — for the first time. For our exclusive cover story, photo shoot and inside-the-magazine poster, we invited three of NASCAR’s biggest name drivers — Dale Earnhardt Jr., Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr. — and two top swimsuit models — Brooklyn Decker and Julie Henderson — to pose for famed SI photographer Walter Iooss Jr. at the Richard Petty Driving Experience in Concord, N.C. (Find out what newspaper near you carries USA WEEKEND with this list.) Check out a slideshow of photos from the shoot taken by our senior photo editor, David Baratz, and click read more below for some on-set scoop from senior writer Dennis McCafferty. You’ll also find a time-lapse video that shows you how many people it really takes to make a photo shoot successful. More info at usaweekend.com.(2-13-2009)
  • New book about Overated/Underated in NASCAR: ESPN.com writer Terry Blount gives kudos to Texas Motor Speedway and Eddie Gossage in his new book, “The Blount Report: NASCAR’s Most Overrated and Underrated Drivers, Cars, Teams, and Tracks” with the venue being named the most underrated and Gossage being named among the top five leaders in NASCAR today. In the book, Blount sorts out the issues that have long been debated by NASCAR fans and the community itself and boldly selects the overrated and underrated among drivers, cars, teams and tracks. Blount lists Texas Motor Speedway as NASCAR’s most underrated speedway, discussing the struggles Gossage and Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Chairman Bruton Smith experienced in the early years of the facility.(2-10-2009)
  • Speedway Illustrated Sold: Anthem Media Group (AMG), announced that the firm has acquired one of the nation’s most prominent and largest circulation motorsports magazines, Dick Berggren’s Speedway Illustrated, and related assets including SEMA Show Daily relationship, NASCAR Insider, Speedway Expo and SpeedwayIllustrated.com. “As publishers of media products, including guest guides, souvenir programs and web content for nearly every major motorsports facility in America, we have an intimate knowledge of the industry and what advertisers, sponsors and marketing partners look for,” said Tom Pokorny, President of Anthem’s Motorsports division. “Speedway Illustrated has a long-standing reputation of being a quality product and we’re excited to have it in our family of publications.”
    “Speedway Illustrated has an incredibly solid history of financial performance and the team is one of the best in the business,” said Brian Weaver, CEO of Anthem Media Group. “The magazine has the strongest ABC audit in the category and is a great complement to Anthem’s other motorsports assets. Of course having Dick Berggren on board is a tremendous asset to any organization. Dick will continue on as Executive Editor of the magazine and will have an enhanced role with our other assets as well.”
    “We’re thrilled to become a part of the Anthem Family,” said Berggren. “Speedway Illustrated has been a success because our staff has a passion for motorsports and a tremendous dedication to our audience. Anthem’s track record with motorsports-oriented publishing shows we’re cut from the same cloth.”(PRNewswire)(2-4-2009)
  • Pit Stop in a Southern Kitchen: Two Moms of Racing Legends Serve Up Stories and Recipes: A new hard-cover cookbook, Pit Stop in a Southern Kitchen: Two Moms of Racing Legends Serve Up Stories and Recipes, is scheduled to be released the first week in February, just prior to the Daytona 500. Authors are Martha Earnhardt and Carol Gordon Bickford. Martha is the widow of Ralph Earnhardt, mother of the late Dale Earnhardt and grandmother of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Carol is the mother of four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon and is married to John Bickford, who serves as Jeff’s business manager. Martha and Carol plan signings at booksellers in select cities, and both also are slated to make appearances on several national cooking and talk shows. Jeff and Dale Jr. have written forewords in the 224-page book, which also features two 8-page inserts of color photographs of the authors and their families.
    Martha is from North Carolina, and racing has been a mainstay in her life since she married Ralph, who was named one of NASCAR’s 50 greatest drivers of all time. Her son Dale achieved seven NASCAR Cup Series championships, tied only with Richard Petty for most championships. Martha’s Grandson, Dale Jr., still races competitively against teammate Jeff Gordon.
    Carol is from Northern California and racing has also prevailed in her life. When Jeff was four-years-old and racing BMX bikes, Carol determined that BMX was too dangerous, so she and John bought both Jeff and his sister Kimberly go- karts. Carol raced her children in their backyard and it was not long after that Jeff began racing competitively. She and John moved their family to Indiana, the only state where Jeff could race professionally without a driver’s license at age 13. They moved to North Carolina in the early nineties when Jeff rose to the NASCAR ranks.
    Each recipe in the cookbook is designated by an “M” (for Martha) or a “C” (for Carol). In an excerpt, the two ladies say, “The recipes in this cookbook are from our childhood kitchens, our friends, our kids and our kids’ friends.” Martha’s recipes tend to be more Southern oriented while Carol’s lean more toward California cuisine. Both, however, have traditional recipes. For instance, Carol’s best dish as far as Jeff is concerned is her lasagna. “Nobody makes lasagna like my mom,” Jeff said. “She claims it’s her secret ingredient. I wouldn’t know about that. What I can tell you is, it’s great.” (The secret ingredient, by the way, is revealed in the cookbook.) Dale Jr. refers to Martha as Mamaw and says, “I don’t get to see Mamaw as often as I’d like because things are busy and I’m gone so much. But I know she’s always pulling for me on Sundays. So it’s cool that now I get to pull for her and see people come to appreciate her more when they read the stories in this book. I think she’s awesome, and I know you’ll think so too.” The cookbook is published by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in Grand Rapids, Mich. More info and to order the book, go to revellbooks.com.(1-27-2009)
  • Richard Petty releasing audio book: NASCAR’s King has spoken. Richard Petty is releasing an audiobook to coincide with the 25th anniversary of his record 200th career victory. Stock car racing “is a very popular sport, but every year that goes by, we leave a little bit of our past behind,” Petty said. He added that the audiobook “will help bring our colorful past into public consciousness. This is not just about Richard Petty or Petty Enterprises. This is about the history of a great sport.” The four-hour, four-disc series is titled “Richard Petty’s Audio Scrapbook.” On it, Petty is joined by longtime racing announcer Barney Hall, former crew chief Dale Inman and drivers Junior Johnson, David Pearson and Bobby Allison. His audiobook is scheduled for release in February during the week of the Daytona 500, a race he won seven times. Petty claimed victory #200 at one of the other major annual events at Daytona International Speedway, the Firecracker 400 in July 1984.(Associated Press / Charlotte Observer)(12-26-2008)
  • NASCAR Kart Racing: Five things you need to know: Mario Kart meets Jimmie Johnson. That’s the simplest way to breakdown EA Sports’ sudden shift in direction for its NASCAR series. Produced exclusively for the Wii (and now under the Freestyle brand), NASCAR Kart Racing looks to combine the arcade-nature of power-ups and tracks that do more than turn left with actual NASCAR strategy like teamwork and drafting. “The Wii is the number one console in North America, and when you look at the Wii audience, they’re not the traditional hard-core gamers,” explains Ryan Stradling, the game’s Senior Development Director and the founder of EA North Carolina. “The Wii really appeals to the whole family and we want to take the NASCAR series in that direction, so that the whole family could play together and have that living room experience”. So what should you expect? How about Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart dropping oil slicks behind them as they race for first, the Dover monster starring as an actual monster on the track, and teammates who are able to work together to slingshot one another to first place. See more at ESPN Video Games.(12-4-2008)
  • He was called “The Intimidator,” “The Man in Black,” and “Mr. Restrictor Plate.” He was a champion, a mentor, a hero, and a true American icon who was perhaps the greatest driver of all time — Dale Earnhardt — and the mention of his name provokes powerful emotions in race fans around the world. On October 28, A&E Home Video and NASCAR Media Group will unveil DALE EARNHARDT 10 GREATEST WINS ($39.95srp), a commemorative souvenir that provides both a tribute to the icon’s competitive fire and a showcase that displays the essence of a hard-driving, world-class champion. Featuring the most memorable wins of the driver that defined NASCAR and etched his place in history, this unprecedented 5-disc collector’s set is a must-have for any racing fan.
    Across 10 classic races, celebrate the man in the bucket seat, from his first very first checkered flag behind the wheel of his legendary black #3 Chevrolet, through his final victory — with some historic, mind-bending, memory-making, heart-pounding races in between! Buckle up and let ‘em rip! The 10 featured races in this collection, include:

    1) 1984 Talladega 500, Talladega Superspeedway, First win driving #3
    2) 1987 The Winston, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Fearless? Innovative? The Pass in the Grass
    3) 1989 Southern 500, Darlington Raceway, Victory over Darrell Waltrip; Ralph Earnhardt was inducted into the Darlington Hall of Fame the Thursday before the race
    4) 1993 Coca-Cola 600, Charlotte Motor Speedway, 1st race to finish under the lights; 2 penalties, lap down, victory over Jeff Gordon
    5) 1995 Busch Clash, Daytona International Speedway, Sixth and final Clash victory for Dale Earnhardt
    6) 1995 Brickyard 400, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Earnhardt enters the victory lane of this world-renowned track
    7) 1995 Save Mart Supermarkets 300, Sears Point Raceway, First and only road course win
    8) 1998 Daytona 500, Daytona International Speedway, Finally! After 20 years on the legendary track, Dale takes the flag and his first Daytona
    9) 2000 Cracker Barrel 500, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Guts and Glory – a photo-finish victory over Bobby Labonte
    10) 2000 Winston 500, Talladega Superspeedway, Driving hard, he moved from 18th to 1st over the final three laps to capture his final victory
    When #3 took to the track, fans stood, cheered and watched his every move. This definitive piece of memorabilia, from arguably one of racing’s greatest and most beloved champions, will help keep Earnhardt’s memory alive for future generations of racing fans.
    Bonus feature: Exclusive footage of Dale and his father Ralph’s induction into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. To roder the DVD and more info at shop.aetv.com.(10-29-2008)

  • “Hard Driving,” the first-ever biography of racer Wendell Scott, has been published by Steerforth Press and is receiving highly favorable reviews. The book’s web site is www.harddriving.us. This is the dramatic story of one man’s dogged determination to live the life he loved, and to compete, despite daunting obstacles, at the highest level of his sport.
    Wendell Scott figured he was signing up for trouble when he became NASCAR’s first black driver in the segregated 1950s. Some speedways refused to let him race. “Go home, nigger,” some spectators yelled. After a bigoted promoter refused to pay him, Scott appealed directly to the sport’s founder, NASCAR czar Bill France Sr.
    France made a promise Scott would never forget — that NASCAR would never treat him with prejudice. For the next two decades, Scott chased a dream whose fulfillment depended on France backing up that promise.
    Persevering through crashes, health problems, and money troubles, Scott remained convinced he had the talent to become one of NASCAR’s best. “Hard Driving” documents a previously untold chapter in the history of integration, politics, and sports in America. The book reveals how France reneged on his pledge and allowed repeated discrimination against Scott by NASCAR officials and other powerful figures. The book details France’s alliances with leading segregationist politicians, such as George Wallace; the reluctance of auto executives, such as Lee Iacocca, to sponsor a black driver; and the inspiring support Scott received from white drivers, such as NASCAR champions Ned Jarrett and Richard Petty, who admired his skill and tenacity.
    All the reviews of “Hard Driving” have been favorable. Detroit Free Press: “Both a history and a sports classic.” Toronto Star: “A wonderful story about a really interesting guy.” The Los Angeles Times said the book’s “carefully documented” new evidence of NASCAR’s discriminatory treatment of Wendell Scott “presents the organization with a delicate public relations problem” about “its history of racism.”
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “A serious indictment of Bill France, the founder of NASCAR.” Bristol Herald Courier: “One of the greatest untold stories in American sports…certain to create waves and generate discussion.” Booklist: “One of the most compelling sports biographies of this or any year.”
    The author, Brian Donovan, a former Newsday investigative reporter, won more than forty journalism awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. An amateur racer on the EMRA Vanderbilt Cup circuit, he has won dozens of races from Canada to West Virginia, as well as two championships. He gained exclusive access to Wendell Scott over the last fourteen months of his life and interviewed more than two hundred individuals to capture this epic, previously untold American story. He lives on Long Island. More info about the book at harddriving.us(10-10-2008)
  • Dale Jr. fans can be part of a book: We all know that Dale Jr. has influenced millions of people both on and off the track. Now is the chance for Jr. fans to express what Jr. means to them. As a way of honoring Dale Jr., Dr. Ray Schneider and colleague Dr. Keith Christy are collecting letters from his fans for a book titled, “Dear Jr.” This book, which will be published in early 2010, will consist of letters from fans addressed to Dale Jr.
    All Dale Jr. fans are welcome to write a letter or note that expresses something about Dale Jr. that comes to their mind for possible inclusion in the book. What fans write about in their letter is up to them: a note of thanks; a story of inspiration; a funny anecdote; a mention of what the fan most admire; some words or adjectives to describe him; or some interesting aspect about him or his career. Whether the fan send their communication on letterhead or a piece of blank piece of paper is up to them. Although fans should mail their letter to us, PLEASE WRITE THE LETTER AS IF THE FAN WERE WRITING TO JR (so start the letter Dear Jr.). If fans would like to send a photo of the fan and Dale Jr. for possible inclusion in the book, feel free to do so. Please include a separate note that states the fan to allow Dr. Ray Schneider and colleague Dr. Keith Christy to publish the photo.
    Please note that Dr. Ray Schneider and colleague Dr. Keith Christy are in no way associated with Dale Jr. and he will not receive the letters. However, they do plan on presenting a copy of the published book to Dale Jr. at the 2010 Daytona 500. They are just Sport Management Professors who are fans of Jr. Once the book is published, Dr. Ray Schneider and colleague Dr. Keith Christy plan to donate all proceeds to the Dale Jr. Foundation. It is their hope that through this book the world will see the combined letters and gain a better understanding of why Dale Jr. is constantly the most popular driver in NASCAR and has the most loyal fans in all of sport.
    All Dale Jr. fans are welcome to send letters/photos for possible inclusion in the book to:
    Dr. Ray Schneider
    Sport Management Program
    227 Eppler Center
    Bowling Green State University
    Bowling Green, OH 43403.(10-10-2008)
  • 1981 Daytona 500 DVD Released: The complete, unedited broadcast of the 1981 Daytona 500 was recently released by Owensboro, Ky.-based TeamMarketing Sports DVDs, joining a number of other complete classic race broadcasts in the company’s catalog. Bobby Allison’s controversial Pontiac LeMans was dominant throughout most of the 1981 Daytona 500, starting from the pole and leading a total of 117 laps. On the last set of pit stops, however, a gutsy call for fuel only by crew chief Dale Inman gave Richard Petty a lead he would keep for the rest of the afternoon. It would be Petty’s record-setting seventh and final Daytona 500 win. Ironically, Inman left Petty Enterprises just two days after the race to join an up-and-coming star on the NASCAR horizon – Dale Earnhardt. Also available is Daytona 500 – 50 Years, a five-disc set containing a total of six hours of highlights from every Daytona 500 to date. The incredible project contains plenty of material that even the most avid of fans have never seen. TeamMarketing is a division of WaxWorks, one of the largest home entertainment distributors in the country. For more information on TeamMarketing’s NASCAR and NCAA releases, call (866) 996-8326 or visit the company’s Website, www.teammarketingdvd.com.(TeamMarketing PR)(7-10-2008)
  • New Pocono Raceway Book: Pocono Raceway announced the release of “Pocono Raceway”, a publication by author, Gene A. Card. The “Pocono Raceway” book is a collection of photographs from various sources, including Pocono Raceway’s archives, producing a pictorial history chronicling the raceway. The “Pocono Raceway” publication promises to bring back fond memories to the long time Pocono fans that have attended events at the track since its early years while also giving new fans an insight to the past history of the legendary raceway. The book will peak the interest of not only stock car racing fans, but also modified, motorcycle, and Indy Car fans as well.
    The “Pocono Raceway” book is available at www.poconoraceway.com and www.shop-poconoraceway.com, as well as other fine book sellers. “Pocono Raceway” author, Gene A. Card, will be signing copies of the book the morning of the Pocono 500 on June 8, 2008 at the Pocono Raceway Souvenir Trailer located in the Fan Fair Area behind the grandstands near Gate 10. All fans in attendance are welcome to stop by to have their copy signed.(Pocono Raceway PR), I got a copy of this book and it is great, I was at Pocono in the early 1970’s and 1991 and enjoyed it.(5-21-2008)
  • Celebrate Lancaster Speedway’s 50th anniversary in 2008 with John Bisci’s LANCASTER HEROES pictorial. Relive the golden era of asphalt Modified racing at historic Lancaster Speedway near Buffalo, N.Y., from 1966-1976. In its heyday, Lancaster Speedway played host to some of the biggest names and events in Modified racing. LANCASTER HEROES is a full-sized soft-cover book (8.5×11 inches), with 128 pages and 452 black-and-white photos. (Photos by Gordon Reinig, statistics by Mark Southcott.) The first printing sold out almost immediately and only limited quantities from the second press run remain. When they are sold out, they are gone forever.
    Drivers, personalities and attractions included in the book: Richie Evans, Jackie Soper (Lancaster’s first feature winner), Dutch Hoag, Roger Treichler, Geoff Bodine, Bill Rafter, Merv Treichler, Don Diffendorf, Maynard Troyer, Jean-Guy Chartrand, Bob Santos, Ray Hendrick, Lee Osborne, Jerry Cook, Chuck Boos, Lou Lazzaro, Jim Shampine, Bill Bitterman, Ted Renshaw, Jim Rudolph, beloved promoter Ed Serwacki, Buffalo’s Civic Stadium, Cam Gagliardi, the Astro-Spiral Car, Ron Lux, Sonny Barron, Bill Brainard, Ron Martin, Bryan Osgood, Gary Iulg, Jim Howard, Jim McGraw, Ross Holmes, Bobby Hudson, Frankie “$8” Smith, Mike Loescher, Leo Lewandowski, Sege Fidanza, Satch Worley, Late Models, Mini-Stocks, TQ Midgets and drag racing on the 1/8-mile strip. Includes seven pages of detailed stats (wins, championships) and an original Bruce Roll cartoon! For more, see lancasterheroes.com.(5-10-2008)
  • Bridge-Logos Publishers & The Jamie McMurray Foundation Team Up to Fight Autism Bridge-Logos Publishers has partnered with Brad Henry, author of Destination—The Winner’s Circle, and NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray to raise money and awareness of autism. Brad Henry and Jamie McMurray have at least two things in common—autism and NASCAR. Brad‘s eight-year-old son, Chase, and Jamie‘s niece are both autistic. This is why a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book are being donated to the Jamie McMurray Foundation. Destination—The Winner’s Circle is a series of devotions for anyone who is searching for the meaning of life, pain, trials, and success. Based on Henry‘s racing experience in college as a runner and his current work with NASCAR, Henry will guide you through =every leg of life‘s race,‘ opening the way to ultimate victory, through Christ Jesus, in every aspect of your life. More info at bridgelogos.com.(5-4-2008)
  • New Book, Portraits of NASCAR: They may leave us in the dust week-after-week by zooming around the track at unbelievable speeds, but when it comes down to it NASCAR drivers are just like the rest of us. In Portraits of NASCAR by Anita Rich and Robin Dallenbach (Foreword by Casey Mears) fans will have the opportunity to see through the dust and catch a rare glimpse inside the personal lives of their favorite drivers and owners. These stunning black and white photographs capture the homes, lives, families and hobbies of our NASCAR heroes away from the track. You’ll see photos of:
    ” Tony Stewart displaying his need for speed in his free time while on his motorcycle
    ” Richard Childress exhibiting his other pleasure in life – Childress Vineyards
    ” Michael Waltrip providing coaching tips to his daughter about her golf game
    ” Dale Earnhardt Jr. shooting a ball into the corner pocket during a game of pool
    ” Rusty Wallace gearing up to fly his plane – another passion in his life
    Licensed by NASCAR and part of the NASCAR Library Collection, Portraits of NASCAR slows down the pace and provides a first-hand look at how drivers go about their everyday lives and interact with their families on a regular basis as devoted fathers, husbands, and friends. Fans will finally see the drivers in a different setting away from the world that is NASCAR. More info at Portraits of NASCAR.(4-2-2008)
  • New Book on a Motorsports Pioneer: Few fans of auto racing might know the name Ed Otto. However, it is safe to say the sport would be a very different place if it were not for the cigar-chewing, super-promoter from New Jersey. Now, through detailed research, interviews and personal memories, Ed Otto’s son Edgar and co-writer Joann Biondi introduce this little known motorsports leader in Ed Otto, NASCAR’s Silent Partner. In exploring Otto’s professional life, Ed Otto, NASCAR’s Silent Partner surveys the explosive years of auto racing from the 1930s through the 1970s, a time that set the stage for the phenomenal growth which NASCAR enjoys today.
    Otto was a true pioneer of auto racing, bringing some of the greatest innovations the sport has ever known. The dapper promoter, whose hallmark greeting was “Hello, Sucker”, was the first to utilize television to broadcast races, the first to incorporate airplanes to transport race cars from one event to another and he encouraged the use of shoulder harnesses in race cars. However, it is possible that his greatest mark was left on NASCAR. As one of the few “outsiders” to be invited into NASCAR’s inner-circle, Otto joined the stock car racing organization’s original owners group as a silent partner with a 20 percent stake in 1949. In 1954 that share grew to 40 percent making him an equal partner with Bill France, Sr. Otto held that role until leaving NASCAR in 1963.
    Among his many accomplishments with NASCAR, Otto was the first to take the organization “national”, out of its traditional Southern roots. He was the first to promote a NASCAR race out of the country (July 1, 1952 at Stamford Park, Niagara Falls, Canada) and the first to promote a NASCAR race with foreign cars (Langhorne (PA) Speedway, July 21, 1953). Otto promoted NASCAR’s first road racing event which was held on a temporary course laid out at the Linden (N.J.) Airport (June 13, 1954) and its longest race, a 12 hour endurance event also on the Linden course (August 22, 1954). He promoted “The King” Richard Petty’s first Cup race in 1958 and NASCAR’s first visit to Watkins Glen. The underappreciated legend also sat side-by-side with “Big Bill” France 50 years ago this month when a neck-to-neck finish demanded the two partners determine the first winner of the Daytona 500 in 1959.
    Ed Otto, NASCAR’s Silent Partner is available for purchase at www.Coastal181.com.(4-2-2008)
  • Dale Jr. featured on ESPN The Magazine cover Five-time NASCAR Most Popular Driver #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. is among a select group of professional sports stars featured on unique covers for ESPN The Magazine‘s 10th anniversary issue, released this week. The double-sided special edition features 10 covers, five on each side and in random order. The front half highlights athletes who have dominated their respective sport in the last 10 years — baseball’s Ichiro Suzuki, NFL running back LaDainian Tomlinson, pro basketball player Tim Duncan, tennis sisters Venus and Serena Williams, and professional snowboarder Shaun White. The flip side is devoted to athletes believed to shine over the next 10 years — Earnhardt Jr., pro basketball player LeBron James, hockey star Sidney Crosby, New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and NFL quarterback Vince Young. Earnhardt Jr.’s cover was shot by photographer Matt Jones, who shows the driver not in typical NASCAR attire but in a single-breasted Armani suit and tie. This marks the third time Earnhardt Jr. has appeared on the cover of ESPN The Magazine. He and Matt Kenseth shared the cover for the 1999 NASCAR Preview, and he alone was the subject of a cover story in the Feb. 18, 2002 edition. “It was a real honor to be included in this 10th anniversary project for ESPN The Magazine,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “It’s humbling to be among athletes of this caliber. I hope ESPN is correct in that we can generate a few headlines in the next 10 years. I feel like we can.” In addition to the 10 covers, each athlete was photographed in settings of special meaning or personal significance for the inside pages. In homage to the history of NASCAR and his racing roots, Earnhardt Jr. took ESPN The Magazine to his vintage gas station in Mooresville, N.C., where photographer Sarah Friedman shot Earnhardt Jr. and his 1972 Camaro. “I have a great appreciation for the history of NASCAR where I grew up in Kannapolis,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “This old-school gas station reminds me of that town, where the old cotton mill was the big industry. It’s all torn down now, and I’m real nostalgic for it.” ESPN The Magazine’s 10th anniversary edition is on newsstands now. Fans can also log on to www.espnthemag.com for behind-the-scenes footage of each athlete at their respective photo shoots, as well as prominent feature articles that have appeared in the magazine during its first 10 years of publication.(HMS PR)(3-20-2008)
  • Daytona 500: 50 Years of The Great American Race DVD Set available: the much-anticipated release of the Daytona 500: 50 Years of The Great American Race DVD SET is now available for pre-order online. The sets should begin shipping exclusively from A&E on February 26th. To celebrate the DVD release, A&E is offer 25% off the set to anyone who pre-order by February 26th. More info at store.aetv.com. Specifics on the sets: To celebrate this legendary race – and its historic Golden Anniversary – NASCAR has created a simply fantastic DVD set to help you relive the drama and excitement of Newman’s victorious effort. With the exclusive My Race technology, you choose how you watch Daytona. Whether riding shotgun with Newman, in the cars of any one of five of his competitors, or from above with the official broadcast feed, you will never experience a race like this! And you can switch views and audio whenever you like!
    * Choose from 5 different drivers’ in-car views and 6 audio channels.
    * Join the action leading to Ryan Newman’s stunning victory in the ’08 Daytona 500!
    * Watch the 52-minute broadcast highlight feed or ride shotgun with the best drivers in the sport!
    * You control the experience with your remote and the My Race Onscreen Dashboard
    * Plus, as an added bonus, this set includes a second DVD loaded with two exclusive NASCAR programs celebrating the legacy and importance of the Daytona 500.
    * A Sports Century features a roundtable discussion with NASCAR greats like Richard Petty and Jeff Gordon recalling the moments and personalities that defined Daytona.
    * And The Top 50 Daytona 500 Moments is the definitive history of NASCAR’s greatest event.
    (A&E Television Networks PR)(2-22-2008)
  • NASCAR / Driver Calenders? see calendars.com.(1-13-2008)
  • New NASCAR Comic Book by Mike Smith: America’s fastest-growing spectator sport departs from the asphalt and heads to the funny pages with Mike Smith’s comic creation StockcarToons. Boasting a fan base as diverse as Bill Clinton and the Vatican–who have each asked for originals of his work–Smith tackles NASCAR governance issues, race-car rivalries, corporate sponsorships, and other essential particulars on the minds of NASCAR fans with the keen eye of a well-seasoned editorial cartoonist. Equally adept at addressing the mechanics of the sport as he is addressing those under the hood, Smith has proven himself not only to NASCAR fans, but to a host of professional drivers, pit crew members, and sportscasters who laud his work. This StockcarToons gift collection features color in addition to Smith’s standard black-and-white published panels. More info at the Las Vegas Sun.(12-27-2007)
  • Dale Jr. Sports Century on DVD: ESPN’s Critically Acclaimed SportsCentury Series Profiles One of NASCAR’s Most Popular Drivers – SportsCentury Greatest Athletes: Dale Earnhardt Jr. on DVD. Two Hours of Candid Bonus Features and Interviews Provide Insight into Dale Jr.’s Relationship With His Legendary Father Dale Earnhardt Sr. and More. ESPN Home Entertainment, in conjunction with Genius Products, LLC, to release the much-anticipated SportsCentury Greatest Athletes: Dale Earnhardt Jr.; on DVD Tuesday, December 11, for $16.95 SRP. SportsCentury Greatest Athletes: Dale Earnhardt Jr. provides fans with a unique and rarely seen look into the life of the man who continues the Earnhardt legacy. The DVD includes in-depth interviews providing insight into his relationship with his father, the legendary Dale Earnhardt Sr.; also featured – the press conference announcing Dale Jr.’s departure from DEI, updates since his departure and its impact on NASCAR.(more info at espnshop.com)(12-9-2007)
  • NASCAR My Race: The Nextel Cup Chase for the Championship puts the excitement and fast-paced action of NASCAR at center stage for a 10-week, don’t miss countdown to crown the series’ champion. But what if a fan misses a race? Or, what if they want to watch the action again? Until now, there was nothing they could do. But today, race fans can simply go online at www.MyRaceDVD.com and order their favorite races from the Chase for the Championship for the special price of $24.95. Each race weekend, My Race offers fans a Collector’s Edition DVD of the race featuring more than six hours of race footage and exclusive content. Each race DVD will include:
    * A 52-minute highlight of the race broadcast
    * Six selectable driver and broadcast audio channels
    * Six selectable camera views
    * Opportunity for viewers to ride shotgun with five different drivers
    * My Race OnScreen Dashboard to manage the action
    * At-track interviews with top drivers and NASCAR celebrities by My Race reporter John Roberts, beginning with the Bristol race in August and continuing through the season finale in Miami * Feature reports on race day by John Roberts
    * Special bonus DVD that includes:
    · Passes and clashes from each race in quad- and split-screen format
    · A 52-minute highlight of the previous year’s race at that track
    · Behind-the-scenes interviews from each track
    * Wallpaper downloads(PR)(9-13-2007)
  • Cup races on DVD: Want to watch every Cup race commercial-free? Want to have ‘Onscreen Dashboard” control to watch action from almost every angle imaginable? Want to ride shotgun with five drivers, listening to all their communication with crew members? Team 19 Marketing, led by NFL Hall of Famer/CEO Lance Alworth and president Tony Cunha, is offering a collector’s edition DVD of each race featuring more than six hours of race footage and special driver interviews. They can be purchased for $34.95 each by going to www.MyRaceDVD.com. The DVDs should be available within two to three weeks after the event.(8-25-2007)
  • Kenny Wallace Book Released: Motorsports publisher Coastal 181 announced the release of Inside Herman’s World, the autobiography of popular NASCAR driver and SPEED TV personality Kenny Wallace. The book was written with Joyce Standridge and includes forewords by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Mark Martin, and Ken Schrader. One of auto racing’s most likable personalities, Kenny Wallace is also a dedicated racer. A NASCAR crew chief before he was 21 years old, nine-time winner in the Busch Series, and go-to Super Sub for Nextel Cup car owners, “Herman” provides a compellingly honest view of life inside the top tiers of NASCAR racing today. Included are more than 300 classic photos of Wallace, from his childhood days in St. Louis to dramatic racing shots to intimate portraits of his close-knit family. Lew Boyd, President of Coastal 181, said about the book, “After our success with Ken Schrader’s GOTTA RACE!, we understood Joyce’s rare ability to capture the voice and persona of her subject, but we didn’t know Kenny Wallace very well. This latest book confirms her gift. It has been a pleasure for all of us involved in the project.” Standridge agreed. “When Ken Schrader told me Herman’s story would not be the one people would expect, I was intrigued. What could there possibly be beyond the happy-go-lucky guy who so effortlessly charms everyone? Well, let me tell you that I expected the laughs. I didn’t expect the tears. And by the time we finished he had made me realize that he is one of the most fascinating people to ever strap on a helmet. I mean, ever.”
    And the process has been something of a revelation for Wallace himself. “I started out on this project, viewing it as a way to leave something for my children. But as we went along I realized that it was actually a funny kind of therapy. I told Joyce things that I hadn’t told another living soul except my wife Kim. Then seeing important events in my life and racing in print, I understood why it’s so easy for me to bond with the fans-most people’s lives are about dealing with disappointment, broken promises, and failed dreams, as well as great joy and satisfaction. I’ve lived the Great American Dream on the tracks, but I’ve lived the Great American Nightmare in the garages, too. I’ve just never known what to expect next-but it all happened whether I was ready or not.”
    SIGNING: Kenny Wallace and Joyce Standridge will be signing their book during the Coca-Cola 600 weekend, on Thursday, May 24th from 5:00 to 6:00 pm at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway gift shop and again on Saturday, May 26th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Speed Street Festival in the Bank of America display located at the corner of Trade Street and Tryon Street in downtown Charlotte.
    Inside Herman’s World -The Kenny Wallace Story is soft-cover with 264 pages and over 300 photographs. It is available at $23.95 plus $6.00 S&H from Coastal 181, 29 Water Street, Newburyport, MA 01950. Phone orders are taken toll free at 877-907-8181 or online at www.coastal181.com. You can also purchase the book and find out more information about Herman at www.kennywallace.com.(5-23-2007)
  • New NASCAR Comic Book by Mike Smith: America’s fastest-growing spectator sport departs from the asphalt and heads to the funny pages with Mike Smith’s comic creation StockcarToons. Boasting a fan base as diverse as Bill Clinton and the Vatican–who have each asked for originals of his work–Smith tackles NASCAR governance issues, race-car rivalries, corporate sponsorships, and other essential particulars on the minds of NASCAR fans with the keen eye of a well-seasoned editorial cartoonist. Equally adept at addressing the mechanics of the sport as he is addressing those under the hood, Smith has proven himself not only to NASCAR fans, but to a host of professional drivers, pit crew members, and sportscasters who laud his work. This StockcarToons gift collection features color in addition to Smith’s standard black-and-white published panels. More info at the Las Vegas Sun.(12-27-2007)
  • Dale Jr. Sports Century on DVD: ESPN’s Critically Acclaimed SportsCentury Series Profiles One of NASCAR’s Most Popular Drivers – SportsCentury Greatest Athletes: Dale Earnhardt Jr. on DVD. Two Hours of Candid Bonus Features and Interviews Provide Insight into Dale Jr.’s Relationship With His Legendary Father Dale Earnhardt Sr. and More. ESPN Home Entertainment, in conjunction with Genius Products, LLC, to release the much-anticipated SportsCentury Greatest Athletes: Dale Earnhardt Jr.; on DVD Tuesday, December 11, for $16.95 SRP. SportsCentury Greatest Athletes: Dale Earnhardt Jr. provides fans with a unique and rarely seen look into the life of the man who continues the Earnhardt legacy. The DVD includes in-depth interviews providing insight into his relationship with his father, the legendary Dale Earnhardt Sr.; also featured – the press conference announcing Dale Jr.’s departure from DEI, updates since his departure and its impact on NASCAR.(more info at espnshop.com)(12-9-2007)
  • NASCAR My Race: The Nextel Cup Chase for the Championship puts the excitement and fast-paced action of NASCAR at center stage for a 10-week, don’t miss countdown to crown the series’ champion. But what if a fan misses a race? Or, what if they want to watch the action again? Until now, there was nothing they could do. But today, race fans can simply go online at www.MyRaceDVD.com and order their favorite races from the Chase for the Championship for the special price of $24.95. Each race weekend, My Race offers fans a Collector’s Edition DVD of the race featuring more than six hours of race footage and exclusive content. Each race DVD will include:
    * A 52-minute highlight of the race broadcast
    * Six selectable driver and broadcast audio channels
    * Six selectable camera views
    * Opportunity for viewers to ride shotgun with five different drivers
    * My Race OnScreen Dashboard to manage the action
    * At-track interviews with top drivers and NASCAR celebrities by My Race reporter John Roberts, beginning with the Bristol race in August and continuing through the season finale in Miami * Feature reports on race day by John Roberts
    * Special bonus DVD that includes:
    · Passes and clashes from each race in quad- and split-screen format
    · A 52-minute highlight of the previous year’s race at that track
    · Behind-the-scenes interviews from each track
    * Wallpaper downloads(PR)(9-13-2007)
  • Cup races on DVD: Want to watch every Cup race commercial-free? Want to have ‘Onscreen Dashboard” control to watch action from almost every angle imaginable? Want to ride shotgun with five drivers, listening to all their communication with crew members? Team 19 Marketing, led by NFL Hall of Famer/CEO Lance Alworth and president Tony Cunha, is offering a collector’s edition DVD of each race featuring more than six hours of race footage and special driver interviews. They can be purchased for $34.95 each by going to www.MyRaceDVD.com. The DVDs should be available within two to three weeks after the event.(8-25-2007)
  • Kenny Wallace Book Released: Motorsports publisher Coastal 181 announced the release of Inside Herman’s World, the autobiography of popular NASCAR driver and SPEED TV personality Kenny Wallace. The book was written with Joyce Standridge and includes forewords by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Mark Martin, and Ken Schrader. One of auto racing’s most likable personalities, Kenny Wallace is also a dedicated racer. A NASCAR crew chief before he was 21 years old, nine-time winner in the Busch Series, and go-to Super Sub for Nextel Cup car owners, “Herman” provides a compellingly honest view of life inside the top tiers of NASCAR racing today. Included are more than 300 classic photos of Wallace, from his childhood days in St. Louis to dramatic racing shots to intimate portraits of his close-knit family. Lew Boyd, President of Coastal 181, said about the book, “After our success with Ken Schrader’s GOTTA RACE!, we understood Joyce’s rare ability to capture the voice and persona of her subject, but we didn’t know Kenny Wallace very well. This latest book confirms her gift. It has been a pleasure for all of us involved in the project.” Standridge agreed. “When Ken Schrader told me Herman’s story would not be the one people would expect, I was intrigued. What could there possibly be beyond the happy-go-lucky guy who so effortlessly charms everyone? Well, let me tell you that I expected the laughs. I didn’t expect the tears. And by the time we finished he had made me realize that he is one of the most fascinating people to ever strap on a helmet. I mean, ever.”
    And the process has been something of a revelation for Wallace himself. “I started out on this project, viewing it as a way to leave something for my children. But as we went along I realized that it was actually a funny kind of therapy. I told Joyce things that I hadn’t told another living soul except my wife Kim. Then seeing important events in my life and racing in print, I understood why it’s so easy for me to bond with the fans-most people’s lives are about dealing with disappointment, broken promises, and failed dreams, as well as great joy and satisfaction. I’ve lived the Great American Dream on the tracks, but I’ve lived the Great American Nightmare in the garages, too. I’ve just never known what to expect next-but it all happened whether I was ready or not.”
    SIGNING: Kenny Wallace and Joyce Standridge will be signing their book during the Coca-Cola 600 weekend, on Thursday, May 24th from 5:00 to 6:00 pm at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway gift shop and again on Saturday, May 26th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Speed Street Festival in the Bank of America display located at the corner of Trade Street and Tryon Street in downtown Charlotte.
    Inside Herman’s World -The Kenny Wallace Story is soft-cover with 264 pages and over 300 photographs. It is available at $23.95 plus $6.00 S&H from Coastal 181, 29 Water Street, Newburyport, MA 01950. Phone orders are taken toll free at 877-907-8181 or online at www.coastal181.com. You can also purchase the book and find out more information about Herman at www.kennywallace.com.(5-23-2007)
  • Motorsports publisher Coastal 181 will host a book-signing event with the very popular Kenny Wallace at Pocono Raceway on Saturday, June 9th. Wallace will sign copies of his brand new autobiography, Inside Herman’s World, at the Coastal 181 display in the Fan Fair area immediately after the ARCA RE/MAX Series race. Writing with nationally known racing columnist Joyce Standridge, Wallace describes growing up as a member of Rusty Wallace’s Evil Gang, then striking out on his own, first as a crew chief at just 21, and later becoming a respected driver in the NASCAR Busch and Cup series despite a series of challenges and disappointments. Wallace also discusses his career as a SPEED TV commentator, where he’s known for his humor and celebrated laugh. Along the way, Herman has been supported and encouraged by a devoted wife and family, and he shares an intimate view of family life rarely seen in racing. Kenny Wallace won the 2007 All-Star Fan vote and will win the hearts of many with a view inside his special world. Inside Herman’s World -The Kenny Wallace Story is soft-cover with 264 pages and over 300 photographs. Coastal 181 will have a display throughout the three-day Pocono weekend, offering books and prints of colorful legends of stock car and open-wheel racing as well as titles on today’s NASCAR stars. For more information, contact Coastal 181 toll free at 877-907-8181 or online at www.coastal181.com.(6-2-2007)
  • Silent Speedways of the Carolinas: NASCAR held its first Strictly Stock race in Charlotte on June 19, 1949, and, in the following decades, dozens of large and small tracks throughout the Carolinas were home to a major NASCAR event. Called Strictly Stock only in 1949, it was known as the Grand National Division from 1950–1970, and then NASCAR’s top circuit became the Winston Cup in 1971, and most of the dirt and small tracks were subsequently gutted from the schedule. Although a handful of those speedways tenuously held on through exploding popularity, and an influx of big corporate dollars, the transition to metropolitan markets and super speedways was inevitable. Some of the original tracks, like the North Wilkesboro Motor Speedway, still stand testament to the sport’s not-too-distant past. Others, like the Charlotte Speedway, are long gone, leaving only memories and photographs. This is the story of every racetrack in North and South Carolina that held at least one big time race through 1971, but is no longer used for auto racing. Seven are one-race wonders, while others are as much racing legends as the sport’s past champions. Chapters cover each track’s big time history, from early background through its racing years to its current status. Included are the thrilling tales of the personalities and machines that shaped NASCAR’s early days. Statistics chart every track’s past winners, records, and wins by make. The 151 photographs give the reader a virtual tour of speedways that are often inaccessible or nonexistent. To Order McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers • Box 611, Jefferson, North Carolina 28640 • Phone 800-253-2187 •www.mcfarlandpub.com.(5-19-2007)
  • Ultimate NASCAR Road Trip Guide released: The new Ultimate NASCAR Road Trip Guide from Rand McNally blends 160 pages of reliable Rand McNally maps with 200 pages of in-depth travel information and visitor tips for each of the 31 NASCAR-sanctioned tracks in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Available now at RandMcNally.com and this spring at Barnes & Noble, Borders and Wal-Mart stores and Amazon.com, the 8.5 x 11-inch Ultimate NASCAR Road Trip Guide has a suggested retail price of $14.95. To enhance fans’ NASCAR experience, the guide spotlights lesser-known racetrack amenities, speedway history, track tour information, local racing schools and opportunities to meet drivers. It also highlights a scenic “Don’t Miss Drive” nearby each racetrack. Part of the NASCAR Library Collection the Ultimate NASCAR Road Trip Guide includes: a full calendar of NASCAR races, 10 great moments in NASCAR history, a raceway flags key, driving times and distances between North American cities and speedways, border crossing information and cell phone emergency numbers. For more information, visit www.randmcnally.com.(4-5-2007)
  • Rex White Book coming out in May: The long awaited follow-up book to “Gold Thunder” will be hitting the book stores and news stands in May 2007. The new book, “All Around the Track: Oral Histories of Drivers, Mechanics, Officials, Owners, Journalists and Others in Motorsports Past and Present” written by Anne B. Jones and Rex White with a foreword by Ed Clark. From authors Anne Jones and former NASCAR champion Rex White, here are profiles in their own words of over 50 individuals from stock car racing’s not-so-distant past and present. Rich with original interviews and previously unpublished material, the authors cover drivers, including legends like Junior Johnson and Bobby Allison; mechanics and builders; track crew; sportswriters; owners, including Joe and J.D. Gibbs; and Atlanta Motor Speedway President Ed Clark. A valuable text for researchers and fans, the book includes numerous photographs. Writer Anne B. Jones lives in Jackson, Georgia. Her articles have appeared in numerous newspapers andmagazines. Rex White makes numerous NASCAR–related appearances today and has appeared in recent radio, newspaper, and television interviews, as well as national motorsports magazines. They are also the authors of Gold Thunder: Autobiography of a NASCAR Champion (2005).
    Copies can be ordered from McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers • Box 611, Jefferson, North Carolina 28640 Phone: 336-246-4460 • Orders 800-253-2187 • FAX 336-246-4403 • www.mcfarlandpub.com.(PR)(3-18-2007)
  • ‘Fireball’s’ daughter wants to document ‘Daddy’s’ life: Roberts Trivette wants to write a book to share her side of the story about the man whose friends knew as Glenn, his family knew as “Bubbie” and Daddy and the millions of old-time NASCAR fans knew as “Fireball.”
    “The title is ‘Fireball Roberts, his Daughter’s Story of his Career,’ ” Roberts Trivette said. “This is letting everyone know this is coming from me who lived it, who is living to tell it. Mother (Doris) told it in any interview she was ever asked to do, whether it be newspaper or television, and she did an awesome job with it because my mother dedicated her life to preserve his memory.” Roberts, born in Tavares and raised in Apopka, earned his nickname not from racing but from his prowess as a pitcher on a local American Legion baseball team. He went on to become one of the sport’s premier drivers, winning 33 races — including the 1962 Daytona 500 — before being fatally injured in a fiery wreck at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1964 when Pam was 13 years old.(more at Florida Today)(2-7-2007)
  • UMI releases 2007 NASCAR Preview and Press Guide: The Official NASCAR Preview and Press Guide 2007 marks the magazine’s 21st year of being the trackside companion since 1986. The 2007 Press Guide waves the green flag on the beginning on this year’s racing action with nearly 450 pages of the most accurate and valued sources of information highlighting and previewing every NASCAR series across the country. The Press Guide will be available on newsstands beginning February 6th or copies may be ordered directly from UMI at 800-747-9287 or www.umibooks.com.(2-6-2007)
  • Kenny Wallace Book coming out later this year: One of auto racing’s most likable personalities, #78-Kenny Wallace is also a dedicated racer. In a fascinating recounting of his roller coaster life and career, Wallace shares hilarious stories from a racing-obsessed youth, the pain of losing his best friend, and remarkable insights from a life well-lived. A NASCAR crew chief before he was 21 years old, a nine-time winner in the Busch Series, and a go-to driver for Nextel Cup car owners, “Herman” provides an insider’s view of great drivers such as Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Richard Petty and so many more, including brother Rusty Wallace, as well as a behind-the-scenes view of motorsports TV. Inside Herman’s World is the rollicking good-time fans would expect, but it’s also poignant and perceptive. Another must read for NASCAR and short track fans alike!(Kenny Wallace site)(1-31-2007)
  • 2006 Yearbook Available: UMI Publications, Inc. announces the 2006 edition of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Yearbook. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series 2006 continues the celebrated history of the yearbook series by delivering unsurpassed quality and value to NASCAR fans since 1988. The yearbook is a beautiful leather-bound coffee table book that captures all of the action-packed racing in words and pictures from every event during the 2006 season. The yearbook is licensed by NASCAR and is part of the “NASCAR Library Collection.” NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series 2006 is the “Official” yearbook covering NASCAR’s top series. The Yearbook may be ordered directly at www.umibooks.com.(PR)(12-4-2006)
  • Stremme’s spotter featured in book: Mike Calinoff, who is the spotter for Nextel Cup driver #40-David Stremme, is one of the main characters in the opening chapter of recently released, “Book of Fate”, by best-selling author Brad Meltzer. Calinoff, who helped Meltzer research President Bush’s 2004 visit to the Daytona 500, is depicted as a retired NASCAR driver who accompanies the President in the motorcade. The “Book of Fate” logo also appeared on the FitzBradshaw #12 in the Busch Series race at Richmond. Read Chapter 1 at mikecalinoff.com.(9-15-2006)
  • AARN visiting tracks on NJ/NY/PA: Over the next few months Rich Hobatuk, Area Auto Racing News marketing/promotions representative, will be visiting tracks in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania to increase car owners, drivers, pit crews, and fans awareness of New Jersey’s leading racing publication, The Area Auto Racing News. Hobatuk will present the aforementioned people with address cards to fill out and obtain up to 10 FREE issues of the Area Auto Racing News! Hobatuk will also have information on classified and advertising rates for anyone interested in selling racecars, parts & engines, tow vehicles, and so on. Look for Hobatuk this weekend at Accord Speedway in Accord, New York on Friday, June 9, 2006 and Orange County Fair Speedway, in Middletown on Saturday, June 10, 2006 and get “hooked-up” with The Area Auto Racing News!(6-7-2006)
  • Schrader Book Released: Motorsports publisher Coastal 181 has announced the release of GOTTA RACE!, the autobiography of popular Nextel Cup driver Ken Schrader. The book was written with Joyce Standridge and includes forewords by Rick Hendrick and Bones Bourcier. GOTTA RACE! is the latest in Coastal 181’s series of race driver biographies, which has included RICHIE! (Richie Evans), BUGSY! (Bugsy Stevens), They Called Me ‘The Shoe’ (Ken Shoemaker), and Life Wide Open (Dave Dion).
    Ken Schrader is a four-time Winston Cup winner and three-time pole sitter at the Daytona 500, currently driving for the famed Wood Brothers/JTG Racing team in the #21. Schrader is also America’s acknowledged Prince of the Short Tracks – race anywhere, anytime – on dirt or asphalt, in Nextel Cup, sprint car, midget or dirt late model.
    GOTTA RACE! recounts 35 years of racing adventures, told in Schrader’s own distinctive voice to Standridge, a nationally known racing columnist. The book covers all of Schrader’s career – from his beginnings in the 1970s at tiny St. Louis-area bullrings, to wild open-wheel rides around the country, to the glamour of Indianapolis and Daytona. The author also shares an intimate look at family life, his views on racing today, and thoughts on how to get started in racing. A successful entrepreneur who now owns tracks in Missouri and Kentucky, Schrader talks about the business side of racing and his plans for the future, once he hangs up his Nextel Cup helmet.
    GOTTA RACE! also provides insight into Schrader’s many racing relationships. One chapter is devoted to his friendships with luminaries like Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and Jr., Richard Petty, Tony Stewart, Cale Yarborough, and many others. The book is packed with 350 photographs, both dramatic and touching, that serve as a personal history of the past 35 years of the sport. It also includes 59 pages of Schrader’s race records, detailing his races from 1971 – 2005, listing date, track, type of car, car owner, race winner, Schrader’s finish, and comments about the race.
    GOTTA RACE! is destined to be a precedent-setting, historic book about one of the raciest men of our times. Soft-cover with 320 pages, it is available at $23.95 plus $6.00 shipping and handling. To order, call Coastal 181 toll free at 877-907-8181 or online at www.coastal181.com.(4-1-2006)
  • New Grilling Cookbook: Big John’s Speedway Grill: Fascinating interviews and behind-the-pit grilling stories with celebrity drivers including Kyle Petty, Sterling Marlin, and others. No-nonsense grilling recipes, including rib-tickling appetizers, entrées, sides, and desserts, each illustrated with full-color photos guaranteed to make mouths water. An insider’s guide to the NASCAR racetrack—chock-full of track lore related by a man with years of experience in the NASCAR pits. Organized by geographical regions—Big John’s authentic voice enlivens each region’s personality, folding in his favorite restaurants and hot spots, racetrack stories, and regionally styled recipes loaded with fresh, local ingredients. Big John’s most successful grilling hints and tips, including super shortcuts and flavor boosters. Order the book at Amazon.com or at speedwaygrill.com.(3-13-2006)
  • Checkered Flag Cooking: An Insider’s Guide to Tailgating at the Races: From NASCAR to your local dirt track, Kent “The Deck Chef” Whitaker has combined his love for great cooking with his passion for motor sports to bring you this complete insider’s guide to tailgating, grilling, race day cookouts and more. Kent combines his weekend, race-day-party-at-home recipes with his tried and true onsite tailgate tricks to bring every race fan the ultimate guide to STOCKCAR tailgating and cooking. The Deck Chef gives you the inside track on easy cooking in a cookbook that will hang tight in turn four so you can power your way down the front stretch to the checkered flag—deliciously! Kent has authored three books inclduing two cook books; Checkered Flag Cooking & Smoke In The Mountains – The Art of Appalachian Barbecue. He has appeared on Food Network, Emeril Live as well as co-hosting a cooking segment on the CSS Network Sports Nite show. Kent also writes for The National Barbecue News. More info or to order the book at Amazon.com or at thedeckchef.com.(3-13-2006)
  • Ryan Newman Foundation releases book: The Ryan Newman Foundation announced the nationwide release of a book it has published entitled Pit Road PetsT: NASCAR Stars and Their Pets. The hardcover, 164-page book features first-person stories and intimate photographs of nearly 50 NASCAR celebrities and their pets. The Ryan Newman Foundation will donate 100% of its proceeds from the book to humane efforts, including the Humane Society of Catawba County’s (Hickory, NC) new no-kill animal shelter and regional low-cost spay/neuter clinic serving eight counties in the heart of North Carolina’s NASCAR country. Pit Road Pets: NASCAR Stars and Their Pets retails for $24.95 and is available from most major booksellers nationwide, more info and to buy the book, see the Ryan Newman Foundation site.(2-10-2006)
  • NASCAR Atlas Ready for 2006: The Lawrence Group publishes the officially licensed NASCAR 2006 Road Atlas. It includes Locations of all NASCAR Sanctioned Tracks, Maps of all 50 States, Major City Insets, Maps of Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico, NASCAR Information, Cup Location Insets, Fun NASCAR Facts, Perfect for corporate giveaways, premiums and incentives! For more info see www.lawrencegroup.com.(3-13-2006)
  • USA Weekend Special: The Feb. 19th issue of USA WEEKEND spotlights five of the greatest NASCAR racers in history in a poster: Bobby Allison, Robert Glen Johnson Jr., Richard Petty, Ned Jarrett and Benny Parsons. Dennis McCafferty brings these legends together and gets them talking about the good old days of NASCAR and Allison¹s infamous fistfight with Cale Yarborough. Check your local newspaper to read this article and get your very own poster!(USA WEEKEND Magazine PR)(2-16-2006)
  • New NASCAR History Book/DVD coming: Richard Petty’s record setting 200th career win. Dale Earnhardt’s triumphant Daytona 500 victory. Carl Edwards’ back-to-back NASCAR Busch and NEXTEL Cup victories. These are just a few of the one-hundred landmark moments chronicled in the upcoming book and DVD collection titled Speed Guts & Glory by New York Times bestselling author Joe Garner. The Fall 2006 release, published by Warner Books, also includes an interactive DVD containing the actual race footage of the historical NASCAR moments hosted by four-time NASCAR Cup champion and driver of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet Jeff Gordon. From broadcast news to famous films, sports to comedy, Joe Garner, whose seminal multimedia works We Interrupt This Broadcast, And The Crowd Goes Wild, and Stay Tuned have sold nearly two million copies, has sought to capture and chronicle the times we live in. In addition, he explores our collective past with passion and commitment few contemporary authors can match. More at garnermedia.com.(12-2-2005)
  • Dare To Dream: The Alan Kulwicki Story on DVD: The 2005 independent film detailing the life and career of the People’s Champ is now out on DVD just in time for Christmas. Shot on location at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway, Infineon Raceway, Slinger Super Speedway, Alan Kulwicki Racing, Inc. and many of the places where Alan’s story took place. Go back in time and see how a young driver without a car, without a crew and without any money can begin a career in NASCAR with only his desire, determination and belief in himself. Relive his magical rookie season when he drove almost the entire season with only one car in his garage…and became the Rookie of the Year. Relive his first win at Phoenix. His battle with Earnhardt at Poco# Watch the incredible 1992 season culminate in the closest points race in the history of NASCAR. Special Features on the DVD set include Kyle Petty accepting Alan’s Wisconsin Sports Hall of Fame award. Interviews with friends/family/crew. Kulwicki/Wallace Zerex commercial bloopers. More at stores.ebay.com/DDI-Films[auctions and a place to buy direct for $18.95] and info at daretodreammovie.com.(11-29-2005)
  • UMI’s NASCAR Preview and Press Guide marks 20th year: UMI Publications announces the 20th annual issue of The Official NASCAR Preview and Press Guide. The Official NASCAR Preview and Press Guide 2006 marks the magazine’s 20th year of being the trackside companion since 1986. With unmatched quality, insightfully written features and unique format, there is no question why for 20 years the Press Guide has been THE magazine of choice for true NASCAR fans and industry professionals alike! The 2006 Press Guide waves the green flag on the beginning on this year’s racing action with over 450 pages of the most accurate and valued sources of information highlighting and previewing every NASCAR series across the country. The Press Guide will be available on newsstands beginning February 1st or copies may be ordered directly from UMI at 800-747-9287 or umibooks.com.(1-27-2006)
  • Book: Champion! The Ron Hornaday Jr Story: Robin Ervin announced the release of her book ‘Champion! The Ron Hornaday Jr Story’, which has just been published by iuniverse, Inc. About Champion! The Ron Hornaday Story: When NASCAR’s Truck Series was created, the great Dale Earnhardt picked Ron Hornaday Jr to drive his #16 truck. Hornaday’s racing duels on the tracks made the series popular and set the mark to beat for all future Truck Series drivers. Ten years later, many of Hornaday’s track records still have not been beaten. Champion! The Ron Hornaday Jr story chronicles the career of one of the most talented and charismatic racecar drivers in NASCAR today. It follows his journey up through the ranks from local racing hero to nationally known racing star. In Champion! The Ron Hornaday Story you’ll learn about man known as the ‘Master of the Restarts’ and the people who helped him on his journey to racing greatness as his fans and friends tell their favorite memories.Through their eyes you will see another side of Ron Hornaday Jr. Author Robin Ervin states “‘I didn’t want to do just a ‘racing stat book’. I wanted to write a book that explore who Ron Hornaday Jr is, as a driver as well as a friend”. Champion! The Ron Hornaday Jr Story ISBN 0-595-37920-6. Publication Date-Jan 4 2006. This Quality Paperback sells for $12.75 on www.iuniverse.com.(1-6-2006)
  • Donnie Allison book on the way: Donnie Allison, one of the toughest stock-car drivers who ever raced, has a new, no-holds-barred book coming out soon entitled, “As I Recall.” The book opens with the infamous 1979 last-lap Daytona 500 crash between Allison and Cale Yarborough and the brawl that followed. Allison said the book pulls no punches about his racing career and the people he raced with and against.(Speed Channel)(7-2-2005)
  • ‘3’ does well in the Ratings: ESPN’s original movie, “3”, was a huge success delivering a 5.0 HH rating, a record for an ESPN original movie.
    * “3” was the highest rated ESPN movie among M18-34, M18-49, and M25-54.
    * “3” was the most-viewed cable program for the entire day among M18-34, M18-49 and M25-54.
    * From 9pm-11pm on Saturday, “3” was the most-viewed program on television among M18-34, M18-49, and M25-54.
    * “3” was the second highest rated movie on ad-supported cable this year, only behind “Librarian” which delivered a 5.1 HH rating on TNT (12/5).
    With the exception of the NFL, it is a special feat for an ESPN program to deliver a 5.0 rating. This is ESPN’s highest rated EOE program and puts it in an elite class. Programs like the MLB Divisional Playoffs and premiere bowl games achieve this level of performance.(ESPN PR)(12-15-2004)
    AND Saturday’s presentation of ESPN’s fourth original made-for-television movie, “3”, was the network’s highest-rated movie ever, seen in an average of more than four million households, based on a rating of 5.0, according to the official data released today by Nielsen Media Research. The two-hour portrayal of the late NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt was the second-highest rated movie of 2004 on ad-supported cable. It posted ESPN’s highest movie rating ever among all key male demographics (M18-34, M18-49 and M25-54). In addition, “3” was the most-viewed program on all of TV from 9-11 p.m. that day among men 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54. “We at ESPN know well the passion of NASCAR fans, and their approval of ‘3’ is the most gratifying endorsement we could receive,” said Mark Shapiro, ESPN executive vice president, programming and production. “3,” presented by Kay Jewelers, an ESPN Original Entertainment (EOE) production, stars Barry Pepper (“We Were Soldiers”, “Saving Private Ryan”, “61*”) as NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt. Spanning from the red dirt tracks of his native Kannapolis, North Carolina to the NASCAR speedways where he won nationwide acclaim and the devotion of millions of fans, “3” tells “The Intimidator’s” incredible life story. Available today on DVD, ESPN Original Entertainment and Buena Vista Home Entertainment present “3.” Packed with five hours of exclusive bonus footage and interviews from the ESPN archives, this two-disc Collector’s Edition DVD is the ultimate account of racing’s legendary hero. Suggested retail price is $29.99.(Sports Business News)(12-15-2004)
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  • 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Yearbook available: NASCAR fans can forever preserve all the great moments of the 2005 campaign by ordering the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series 2005 Yearbook. The handsome, leather-bound coffee-table publication is the crown jewel of the NASCAR Library Collection. The book includes full-color action photography and chronicles each race from Daytona through the crowning of another NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Champion at Homestead-Miami. The yearbook can be ordered by calling 800-747-9287 or online at www.UMIbooks.com . Orders will be shipped in December, in plenty of time for the holidays.
    The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series 2005 Yearbook includes season-ending statistics, a special preface outlining this year’s Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, and an in-depth look at the final 10 races of the season that determine this year’s champion. This is the same yearbook that is presented each year at the annual NASCAR Awards Ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, and through a special arrangement with NASCAR, is made available to the public as long as quantities last.
    “NASCAR fans are so passionate about their sport and the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Yearbook gives them that keepsake to draw upon year after year,” said Mark Dyer, NASCAR vice president of licensing. “It’s the best way for a fan to reflect upon the year and relive all the thrilling competition and drama that goes into a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season.”
    With more than 250 pages of race coverage, the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Yearbook has been the only official book documenting the NASCAR season since 1988. For more info or to order, go to the UMI Site.(11-2-2005)
  • New racing movie records history of diversity in auto racing: “Black Wheels,” a one-hour film exploring African-Americans in racing from as far back as 80 years ago, such as the black crew chief who was forced to pose as a janitor while helping a white driver win the 1934 Indy 500. At Dover International Speedway this weekend, Bill Lester will be the only African-American behind the wheel for any of the three major races, driving in Friday’s MBNA Racepoints 200 in the Craftsman Truck Series. But NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program, in its second year, is putting young minority drivers in position to develop in lower racing series. One of them is Joe Henderson III, a 19-year-old racing in NASCAR’s Dodge Weekly Racing Series. His father, Joe, is a first-hand witness to the progress made in a generation, watching his son race throughout the Southeast after his own racing aspirations were dashed decades ago by tracks that didn’t welcome him. Henderson III said his racing sparked interest in his friends, who otherwise “don’t see racing as a sport for black people, just because they don’t see anybody out there like them.” That’s where the history comes in, with the knowledge that even though there aren’t many African-American racers right now, they have been a few in the past. l In 1924, the Gold and Glory Sweepstakes was created as an alternative for black drivers barred from the Indy 500. The race was part of the Colored Speedway Association, the racing version of the Negro Leagues. Charlie Wiggins, dubbed the Negro Speed King, won the Gold and Glory many times before it was disbanded in 1936. In 1934, he operated as the crew chief, in disguise, for the Indy 500 winner. He died in 1979. Joie Ray was the first African-American racer to be licensed by the American Automobile Association and was the first black driver to run in a NASCAR race, in 1952. Wendell Scott became the only African-American to win a NASCAR race, in 1963, and four times finished in the top 10 in the points standings despite running as an independent, without factory sponsorship. Scott’s life was chronicled in the 1977 film “Greased Lightning,” starring Richard Pryor. Recent history centers around the recently retired Willy T. Ribbs, and Lester, who continues the fight for monetary backing. Greg Calhoun, the co-founder of the Drive for Diversity Program, hopes “Black Wheels,” brings African-American corporations and millionaires to NASCAR, not because they want to make money, but because they want to aid black racers. Rapper Nelly pulled a short-lived sponsorship a few years ago [#15 Truck].(See full story and quotes at the Delaware News Journal)(6-2-2005)
  • NASCAR TV Guides: this week, the June 26th issue of TV Guide is featuring four pairs of teammates: #38-Elliott Sadler and #88-Dale Jarrett from Robert Yates Racing; #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. and #15-Michale Waltrip of DEI; #48-Jimmie Johnson and #24-Jeff Gordon of Hendrick Motorsports; and #99-Carl Edwards and #6-Mark Martin of Roush Racing.(6-23-2005)
  • SPEED Channel launchs Internet bookstore: MBI Publishing Company and SPEED Channel formally announced the kickoff of a new Internet bookstore partnership, in which Motorbooks.com, MBI’s automotive enthusiast-driven consumer site, provides product, merchandising, customer service and fulfillment for SPEED’s online bookstore, Speedtvbooks.com.
    The site, which is part of Speedtv.com, went live May 9 and offers more than 2,600 MBI titles in seven gearhead-oriented categories, including cars, racing, motorcycles, repair & restoration, trucks, nostalgia and calendars. From entering the bookstore, through purchase and delivery, the Speedtvbooks.com customer has one seamless experience. This agreement is part of MBI’s new Web partnership program that provides companies with the products and interface to sell books on their e-commerce sites. MBI has a similar Web bookstore relationship with magazine publisher Primedia Automotive Group, supplying approximately 90 percent of that company’s online bookstore collection.(5-25-2005)
  • Darlington Raceway book still available. UMI Publications still has some books about Darlington Racway available, The Lady in Black, which celebates the 50th anniversary of the famed raceway. The books can be ordered directly by calling UMI at 800-357-8535 or www.umibooks.com.(5-6-2005)
  • New Petty Book: A large, diverse collection of Richard Petty photographs has been released. Richard Petty: Images of the King ($29.95, MBI Publishing) is a 256-page work compiled by Ben Blake and Dick Conway. Blake wrote the text and Conway supplied most of the more than 250 photographs, many of which are rare and have never been published. ”Sorting through all my Petty stuff brought back a lot of memories,” said Conway, whose photos have appeared in numerous racing books and publications. ”One of my favorite shots is of some of Richard’s old junked race cars that I found sitting out in the woods behind his house. There, rusting away in the weeds and bushes, were some of the most famous race cars in the world. For some reason that image really appealed to me.” The book is available through bookstores.(Tennessean)(4-20-2005)

  • New Racing Magazine: Racing Fan, a flashy magazine with loose ties to Sports Illustrated, will hit newsstands March 28. Published in an oversized format (like ESPN The Magazine and Rolling Stone), the magazine is photo- and graphic-driven and targets “the 75 million fans that have made NASCAR the fastest- growing sort in America.” Two issues will be produced, and if they’re well-received, the magazine will publish monthly, editor Scott Mowbray said. The publisher is Times 4 Media, a subsidiary of Time Inc., parent of Sports Illustrated.(Tampa Tribune)
    AND The first of two issues of RACING FAN, a big, bold, photo-driven magazine, debuts this month. Celebrating NASCAR fans, their heroes, their passion for the sport and the NASCAR lifestyle, RACING FAN gives the people who love everything about NASCAR information they can use, whether they collect memorabilia, are planning a trip to the track, or want to win their next trivia argument. The second issue of RACING FAN will be on newsstands nationwide May 16th. Each includes an up-front section full of driver, sponsor, and track news; feature stories on the events that have shaped NASCAR history; and “Racing Nation,” a back section dedicated to the fans themselves. It’s all delivered in an oversized, easy-to-read format combining the visual staying power of magazines with the unique excitement and spectacle of NASCAR racing. “The fans deserve a magazine as big and loud as the sport we all love. This is it,” says Scott Mowbray, editor of the two issues.(PR)(3-21-2005)
  • New DW DVD: The newest stock-car racing DVD from NASCAR Images will be “Darrell Waltrip: His Passion Behind the Wheel,” which will be available Feb. 15. The DVD will be distributed by Melee Entertainment in conjunction with Good Times Entertainment and will carry a list price of $19.95.(Speed Channel’s Media Tour Notes)(1-26-2005)
    AND At the Bud Shootout Drawing last night, Budweiser and NASCAR Images debuted DW’s new DVD – DW – His Passion Beyond The Wheel”. A 13 minute clip of the 120 minute DVD was shown. The DVD is available at: naturally, on DWStore.com, NASCAR.Com, but also Wal Mart’s, Targets.(2-11-2005)
  • Tim Richmond Book out: Tim Richmond. The Fast Life and Remarkable Times of NASCAR’s Top Gun. ($19.95 Sports Publishing LLC). by David Poole, one of the most prolific motorsports writers, takes a candid look at the talented but troubled young driver who reportedly died of AIDS at the peak of his career.(2-10-2005)
  • Hammond Book released: Real Men Work In the Pits ($24.95 Rodale Books) Jeff Hammond provides a behind-the-scenes look at the sport from his perspective as a long-time crew chief. His glory years came with Darrell Waltrip, and many of the stories and anecdotes involve the Franklin resident. Hammond and Waltrip are now members of the Fox broadcast team on NASCAR races.(2-10-2004)
  • Rex White book out: Gold Thunder. Autobiography of a NASCAR Champion ($39.95 McFarland Publishing). Rex White describes his rise from poverty and childhood polio to become the 1960 NASCAR champion. Co-author Ann Jones and White chronicle the unrelenting struggle for survival — on and off the track — by drivers in the sport’s early days.(2-10-2005)
  • Curtis Turner Book Available: The Life and Fast Times of NASCAR Legend Curtis Turner by Robert Edelstein, is the unremitting, over-the-top biography of stock car racer Curtis Turner, the most dynamic stock car racer of all time, who wrote the book on living fast and dying young. Curtis Turner was a racing legend in the 1940s, 50s and 60s, a peer of Lee Petty (father of Richard Petty) and Junior Johnson; he was the Dale Earnhardt of his time. A fellow NASCAR racer summarized Turner’s legacy with the words: “There never would have been a Dale Earnhardt without Curtis Turner.”
    Born in 1924 in Virginia, Curtis Turner was the true pioneer of NASCAR racing; his life embodied everything that today makes NASCAR the biggest spectator sport in American history: the adrenaline rush of the races, the potential for danger at every turn, and the charismatic, outrageous personality of a born winner who possessed an uncanny business savvy. From his mountain country beginnings to running moonshine as a teenager and executing dangerous 180-degree spins on a single-lane bridge to elude the police to being the first NASCAR driver ever put on the cover of Sports Illustrated-and the only one so honored after having had his license revoked in two states-Turner created drama. Both at the racetrack and in his personal life-with constant partying and a no-holds-barred, good-times lifestyle-Curtis Turner lived the American Dream several times over-including the co-building of the Charlotte Motor Speedway against all odds and in the face of great controversy-before he died a violent and mysterious death in 1970 at the young age of forty-six in a plane crash that is still considered a great mystery.
    In gripping prose, and with full access to the files of Turner’s widow, Bunny Hall, biographer Robert Edelstein, the exclusive motorsports writer for TV Guide and the author of NASCAR Generations, thrillingly recreates the life of this American legend. FULL THROTTLE is the first ever full-scale chronicle of Turner’s legendary life, from his 357 racing wins to his millions earned and just as quickly spent in fearless finance deals, to his incredible comeback after four years of being banned from the NASCAR circuit for trying to start a union among his fellow racers. (He was reinstated partly due to the thousands of rabid fans who demanded his return.) Motorsports, momentum and mayhem, the non-stop pursuit of outrageous dreams, high-speed thrills and a really good time…these are the raw materials of FULL THROTTLE.(2-9-2005)
  • NASCAR Fiction Book AND: In another example of NASCAR stock car racing moving into the mainstream of the American public, the first novel completely based on the sport’s lifestyle and fans will be published within the next few weeks and distributed nationally. Sharyn McCrumb, a Virginia writer best known for her Appalachian “Ballad” novels, including New York Times Best Sellers She Walks These Hills and The Rosewood Casket, has based her new novel on another Southern tradition: stock car racing. St. Dale, the story of a modern-day group of racing fans on a ” Earnhardt pilgrimage” to the Southeast speedways from Tennessee to Florida., will be published in February, 2005, by Kensington Publishing Corporation of New York. In St. Dale Harley Claymore, a down-and-out ex-Cup driver, takes what he thinks is a job leading a tour of Southern speedways, only to be told that the tour is a memorial pilgrimage, and that the passengers intend to lay a wreath in honor of Earnhardt on every Southern speedway from Bristol, Tenn., to Daytona Beach, Fla. The horrified tour guide, who raced against Earnhardt, did not think the Intimidator was a saint, but from Bristol’s 2002 Sharpie 500 through the Labor Day Race at Darlington, and at all the empty speedways they visit in-between, he has to keep his opinions to himself. McCrumb calls the novel The Canterbury Tales set on the NASCAR circuit. The bus is filled with a diverse group of characters, all there for various reasons. For Harley and his passengers, the trip soon becomes one of self-discovery as all of their lives are altered forever. Miracles begin, prayers are answered, secrets are revealed and bonds are forged as the bus rolls onward.(Williams Company PR)(1-5-2005)
    AND all copies sold through ballowax.com will be autographed by Sharyn McCrumb and Ward Burton! Profits from books sold through ballowax.com go to the Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation.(1-9-2005)
  • Bobby Issac Book: Tarheel Press is proud to announce its latest title- Bobby Isaac: What Speed Looks Like. Written by Michigan native Steve Lehto, the book is a detailed study of a little-known NASCAR champion, a legendary automobile, and a revolutionary engine. More info at hickoryracing.com.(12-30-2004)
  • “The NASCAR Art of Sam Bass” Book Available: There is a story behind every Sam Bass creation. A tale of how each illustration came about and exactly what the artist is conveying through the strokes of his brush. Sam’s new book, “The NASCAR Art of Sam Bass,” goes behind the scenes with motor racing’s most celebrated artist to give fans an insider’s look into the mindset that spawned some of his most compelling compositions. The book is punctuated with dozens of full color images of many of Sam’s most popular works accompanied by an in-depth commentary of each. It not only chronicles his original paintings and limited edition prints, but also other collectibles he has designed over the years, including trading card sets and custom shop guitars.
    Published by David Bull Publishing, “The NASCAR Art of Sam Bass” was co-written by Sam himself and noted author Brad Bowling. It’s Sam’s story, told in his own words. This is the only publication to chronicle the career of the first artist officially licensed by NASCAR.
    “The NASCAR Art of Sam Bass” is offered in two editions, both in a 9″ x 11″ coffee table format. The soft cover edition contains 160 pages and more than 75 full color illustrations. It is available for $24.95, plus shipping. The hardbound “Publisher’s Edition” is limited to only 312 books, with each signed and numbered by the author. This very special collectible features 190 pages and more than 90 full color illustrations. Included are many never-before-published works from Sam’s personal portfolio. The Publisher’s Edition is offered for $89.95, plus shipping. More info at sambass.com.(11-30-2004)
  • American Thunder’s roar is gone: got this from the Magazine Amercian Thunder today…..”Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are writing to inform you that as of this communication, American Thunder will no longer be published. We have spent the last month in discussions with potential purchasers. We contacted a number of very interested parties, but given the short time frame and financial constraints in the publishing world, we were not able to find a buyer in time. As we have just come to this unfortunate conclusion, we are sorry that we do not have more information or details to provide to you at this time. We are exploring liquidation and dissolution alternatives and will keep you informed as events dictate during this process.” No word on what happens with subscribers and if they will get refunds, contact info at their site www.getthunder.com.(9-28-2004)
    NOTE: as of 2-23-2005 the getthunder.com site is down and no longer exists.
  • New Book Ranks Drivers: Speed wins races, but in racing it’s not the only determination of ranking drivers. Now, a new book by Unicoi writer Jeff Birchfield uses three statistical categories to rank some of the top names in racing. Titled “The Fast Crowd: 2004-05 Statistical Ranking of Racing’s Top Drivers,” the 64-page book identifies the Top 30 in the Nextel Cup Series. “Unlike baseball where there have frequently been statistical buffs, they’ve been rare in stock-car racing,” Birchfield explained. “However, for those of who enjoy research and statistics, it is a labor of love.” He said he thought about doing such a book for the past three or four years. In fact, he did a Top 10 ranking about 10 years ago for Inside Track magazine. Birchfield based his rankings on three categories — race wins over the past three seasons, a driver’s winning percentage with his current or most recent team and the percentage of times he has finished in the Top 10 over the course of his career. Still, he noted, statististics in racing require a little more work than such sports statistics as passing yards in football or batting percentages in baseball. “It’s just a tougher sport to do statistics work,” he said. He took some of his information from such sources as the 2004 NASCAR Media Guide and the NASCAR Preview and Press Guides available on news stands as well as old racing newspapers, magazines and track programs. Birchfield has been writing sports for 12 years, including stints in the sports sections of the Elizabethton Star and his current employer, the Johnson City Press. In addition, he operated the sports publication Sports Talk and has written freelance sports articles for Richard Petty Stock Car Magazine, Winston Cup Illustrated [Now NASCAR Illustrated] and FasTrack, a racing newspaper. He worked on his most recent endeavor in partnership with photographer Dave Boyd, who provided all the photographs in the book. Birchfield and Boyd worked together at the Elizabethton Star and, most recently, with the Johnson City Press. The majority of the book’s photographs originated at Bristol Motor Speedway. Birchfield said he sat down with Boyd and they sorted through photographs to choose the ones for publication. Birchfield plans to launch a non-traditional book tour to promote the book. An acquaintance suggested to Birchfield that he promote the book at area flea markets. “Flea markets always seem to be located near race tracks,” Birchfield said. In addition, he is working with smaller track promoters to sell the book. Birchfield and his wife, Sheila, are the parents of two children, Adam, a third grade student at Unicoi Elementary School, and 4-year-old daughter, Laura. The book is available for $9, plus shipping and handling, by writing to: Fast Crowd, P.O. Box 1294, Johnson City, TN 37605. Copies are also available for purchase at the office of The Erwin Record.(Erwin Record)(3-28-2005)
  • Inside CAT Racing Available: The 2005 edition of “Inside CAT Racing” is ready to roll. The fourth annual edition of the 52-page collectible publication features driver Scott Wimmer, crew chief Derrick Finley, owner Bill Davis and many of their Bill Davis Racing teammates. Don’t miss your chance to go behind the scenes at BDR to learn more about what happens from checkered flag to green flag every week. You can order copies of “Inside Cat Racing – 2005” by going to www.insidecatracing.com. The first three annual editions are also still available. “Inside Cat Racing – 2005” is authorized by Caterpillar Inc. and produced by Shamrock Communications Group, LLC.(Bill Davis Racing)(3-16-2005)
  • Speakin’ of TV this week TV Guide will have three collectible covers featuring Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Available at newstands, supermarket’s etc. Also the issue has a NASCAR feature by Robert Edelstein.(2-16-2005)
  • Special Mag: USA WEEKEND Magazine has NASCAR’s NEW Young Guns in the 2/20 issue. This Daytona 500 weekend, meet the latest generation to tear up the track: Casey Mears, Jamie McMurray, Kasey Kahne and Brian Vickers. PLUS- an exclusive poster featuring all 4 drivers. Check your local newspaper for your own poster or read the article online at usaweekend.com.(2-14-2005)
  • Sporting News NASCAR Pubs: Officially licensed by NASCAR, the NASCAR 2005 Record & Fact Book is a fan’s racing encyclopedia — and the only source covering every NASCAR season from 1948-2004, plus a look ahead to 2005. You’ll find driver-by-driver bios and career statistics; complete team information, including crew chief and owner stats; detailed 2004 season results; historical listings of each race with winners and key stats, plus an inside look at historic events; 2005 schedules; season-by-season breakdowns for the NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, and more.
    With two great covers to choose from, the 2005 NASCAR Preview is packed full of information. You also get exceptional color photography, a roadmap to the issues and trends for the upcoming season, experts’ picks, plus much more. More info at the Sporting News NASCAR Books section.(2-1-2005)
  • Press Guide comes out: The Official NASCAR Preview and Press Guide 2005 by UMI Publications marks the magazine’s 20th year of being the Official record of NASCAR. With unmatched quality, insightfully written features and unique format, there is no question why for 20 years the Press Guide has been THE magazine of choice for true NASCAR fans and industry professionals alike! The 2005 Press Guide waves the green flag on the beginning on this year’s racing action with over 450 pages of the most accurate and valued sources of information highlighting and previewing every NASCAR series across the country. The Press Guide will be available on newsstands beginning February 1 or can be ordered directly from UMI at 800-747-9287 or www.umibooks.com.(1-31-2005)
  • New Vukovich Book: A new book on the legendary two time winner of the Indianapolis 500 has arrived from the printer. Race fans have long clamored for an in depth look at the mysterious, charismatic racing icon who dominated auto racing’s greatest race like no one before him, or since. The biography, authored by Bob Gates, the critically acclaimed writer of Hurtubise, has accomplished just that. Titled Vukovich, the book is based on years of research by the author, and covers Vuky from his first roadster race at the age of 17, to his death at Indianapolis in 1955. The book also details the life and careers of the two generations of racing Vukoviches, Bill Jr, and Bill III, that followed him. The book has a forward by Dick Berggren, of Fox Sports, and Speedway Illustrated fame. It contains 320 pages, with 260 photos, 72 in color. Vukovich is available in soft cover for $30, or hard cover for $40, postage paid. The book can be bought at Amazon: hardcover or paperback.(1-15-2005)
  • Godwin Kelly Pens Fireball Roberts Biography: Long-time broadsheet scribe [Daytona Beach News Journal] Godwin Kelly has turned from the large page to the small page to breathe life into racing legend Glenn “Fireball” Roberts. The book, (working title: “Fireball”) is the result of that infatuation and is scheduled to be released during the February race weeks in 2005. This book is a striking departure from the typical race bio, as it focuses on Glenn Roberts, the man, who happened to be a most an amazing race car driver. Kelly became enamored with writing the real story of one of racing’s biggest and most intriguing stars while working on a story for his coverage of the 2004 July race in Daytona. Kelly then took his idea to Carbon Press, so that he would be sure the real stories would be published, as they were in Smokey Yunick’s autobiography, Best Damn Garage in Town. Several launch events are planned for the first two weeks of February, in and around Daytona. Price and ordering information will be available in early January. There is a sign up link at www.smokeyyunick.com to receive an email with ordering information as soon as it is available. Also see a website about Roberts: FireballRoberts.com.(12-29-2004)
    Now Available: Fireball, the first biography on racing legend Glenn “Fireball” Roberts, has just gone on sale on the Carbon Press website. The book will ship to customers on February 14, and arrive on bookstore shelves in the weeks following the race in Daytona. The soft cover price is $13.95.(2-15-2005)

  • Cup and CTS 2004 Yearbooks can now be ordered: UMI Publications, Inc. is proud to announce two brand new exciting books, The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Yearbook and The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Yearbook. These two books continue the celebrated history of the yearbook series by delivering unsurpassed quality and value to NASCAR fans since 1988. Both of the yearbooks are beautiful leather-bound coffee table books that cover each of their respective series and capture all of the action-packed racing in words and pictures from every event during the 2004 season. These books are licensed by NASCAR and are part of the “NASCAR Library Collection.”

    – NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series 2004 is the very first yearbook covering NASCAR’s top series under new title sponsorship by Nextel. Get your racing gear on as The 2004 NASCAR Yearbook waves the green flag and puts you in the driver’s seat for every action packed race during the 2004 season. It also includes the most amazing full color action photography by some of the best veteran photographers on the tour. In addition, the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series 2004 includes a preface to the 2004 season as well as the complete story of the very first series champion under Nextel’s name. This beautiful leather-bound coffee table book is the one that is presented to the drivers each year at the annual NASCAR Awards Ceremony in New York City, and is made available to the public in limited quantities.

    – ***”First Edition”*** Introducing the Inaugural edition of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Yearbook. For 10 years, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series has offered some of the most exciting and competitive racing in the country, and now all of the action is presented in a beautiful, hardback coffee-table book for you to enjoy over and over again for years to come. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to own the FIRST-EVER edition of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Yearbook. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Yearbook 2004 contains 176 pages of amazing full color photos from some of the best photographers on the circuit.

    Each of these books may be ordered directly at www.umibooks.com or by calling 800-747-9287. Delivery by Christmas is guaranteed in the continental United States if ordered by December 10th 2004. Also, orders can be shipped via UPS Air as late as December 20th for a small additional fee.(11-19-2004)

  • Richie Evans Book Released: Coastal 181 recently announced the new book RICHIE! The Fast Life and Times of NASCAR’s Greatest Modified Driver, by Bones Bourcier. Richie Evans was a nine-time NASCAR National Champion who died in a wreck at Martinsville Speedway in October of 1985. Bourcier tells the complete and unabridged story of the man who was voted NASCAR’s greatest in the modifieds. Weaving together excerpts from hundreds of hours of interviews with competitors, crew members, friends and family members, RICHIE! takes us on a journey back in time when the modifieds ruled and Evans was King. RICHIE! is brought to you by Coastal 181, publishers of such racing books as BUGSY!, FONDA!, Martin and TJ, and the recently released HOT CARS COOL DRIVERS. RICHIE is a soft-cover volume with over 200 photographs and 360 pages. Nextel Cup car owner, Ray Evernhan, wrote a touching forward. RICHIE! sells for $25.95 plus $5.50 S&H and is available by calling Coastal 181 at 877-907-8181 (toll free, business hours) or online at www.coastal181.com.(12-28-2004)
  • the 100 Most Memorable TV Moments: 20 moments are unveiled each day, thru Friday, Dec 10th, my copy of TV Guide [dated Dec 5-11th] has the Charles and Diana Wed [#16] on the cover, been told there is also a Dale Earnhardt cover. #17 is Earnhardt Dies. No other racing or NASACR event is in the list. #1 is the South Tower Collapses [9-11], #2 is the Moon Landing, #3 is the Challenger Explodes. See more at tvguide.com. Thansk for the TV Guide cover offers, but not looking for one, thanks anyway, the offers are greatly appreciated. For those who wish to purchase the covers, go to shop.tvguide.com.
    See Day 5, moments 1-20 – attvguide.com.(12-8/10-2004)

  • Video: The Wendell Scott Story: This documentary is about the life of Wendell Oliver Scott, the only African-American racing driver to compete successfully in the Grand National (now Winston Cup) series during the time period of 1961-1974. His story, as told in the words of family and friends, is one of determination, mechanical brilliance, courage, and family values. Wendell competed extremely well even though he was among the ranks of the poorly equipped independent racers that fought against the factory-backed teams. Born in August 1928, Scott grew up in Danville, Virginia. His first job was driving a taxi after he mustered out of the Army, in which he served as a mechanic. He then hauled illegal whiskey and was famous in that region for his amazing driving skills. Starting his career after being bailed out of jail by a race promoter, Scott won 120 sportsman dirt track races and won the state championship in 1959. From there, he went on to win the infamous Jacksonville 600 in 1963, his only major Grand National win. The original trophy was officially given to Buck Baker, and Wendell later received a generic wooden trophy with no fanfare due to an official “scoring error.” Enduring often brutal racism, Scott raced in over 500 NASCAR races from 1961-1974 and put all of his children through college. The story of his family’s participation is one of great sacrifice and strength by each and every member.(2004)
    The website that had this video no longer exists and have not seen it available elsewhere.(2-4-2009)
  • Special Sports Illustrated: Their Finest Moments – From the bankings of Talladega to the Bristol bullring, the Earnhardt family legacy has touched every NASCAR track. Here are our choices for the Top 20 most memorable moments. Compiled by Richard Deitsch. More info at CNN/SI’s website.(5-27-2004)
  • NASCAR Launches Licensed Library Collection: NASCAR is set to wave the green flag on a new program as part of its publishing program, bringing NASCAR licensed books together into one branded group – the NASCAR Library Collection. The program launched on May 21st, and be immediately viewable via the NASCAR.com Superstore, which will give access to the NASCAR Library Collection specialty store on its homepage.
    This year the NASCAR Library Collection will welcome 18 new titles to be part of the collection, which will include books for both kids and adults. The first branded release, under a new licensing agreement with DK Publishing, will be NASCAR Best Shots. This hardcover, coffee table book will be on shelf in time for Father’s Day and contains exciting NASCAR photography, as well as a foreword by “The King”, Richard Petty. The NASCAR Library Collection specialty store on nascar.com will give consumers the option to view excerpts from its officially licensed books, including the book cover and internal pages. Also featured will be detailed editorial descriptions and a place for fans to add their own book reviews. The next issue of the NASCAR.com Catalog, set to come out in June 2004, will also feature a section dedicated to the licensed books, offering volumes in the NASCAR Library Collection for sale. Several other consumer and retail programs are in the works for this year, making the NASCAR Library Collection and its books readily available to NASCAR’s fan base of 75 million nationwide looking for other publications officially licensed by NASCAR.(NASCAR PR)(5-24-2004)
  • New Book about Hendrick: UMI Publications, in conjunction with Hendrick Motorsports, is pleased to announce a new book celebrating 20 years of NASCAR competition by one of the most outstanding organizations in motorsports history. What began as a chance meeting between a semi-retired crew chief and a successful businessman with a passion for racing ultimately grew into a motorsports empire that garnered well over 100 victories and nine NASCAR championships in just its first 20 years of competition. “Twenty Years of Hendrick Motorsports” documents the history of Rick Hendrick’s racing organization from its inception, in 1983, and recounts each racing season leading up to and including Hendrick Motorsports’ historic milestone, its 20th season, in 2003.
    Perhaps no other racing organization has accumulated such a record of success in such a short period of time, and “Twenty Years of Hendrick Motorsports” tells the whole story of how these achievements were accomplished. Quite simply, this is a story that needed to be told, and UMI Publications is honored to bring it to the public eye with award-winning writing and outstanding photos, many of which have never before been published.
    “Twenty Years of Hendrick Motorsports” is available directly from the publisher for $34.95 plus shipping & handling, and may by ordered by contacting UMI Publications, Inc., at 1-800-747-9287 or by visiting their website at www.umipub.com. Book excerpts may be viewed at www.ThatsRacin.com.(5-20-2004)
  • NASCAR and Reader’s Digest Form Partnership to Publish Kid’s Racing Book: Reader’s Digest Children’s Publishing announced an agreement to publish and distribute books in the United States and Canada based on the popular NASCAR auto racing brand, bringing the exciting world of NASCAR racing to younger fans.”We are delighted that we will be creating books based on America’s second most-watched spectator sport,” said Harold Clarke, vice president and publisher, Trade Publishing, for the Reader’s Digest Association, Inc. “With 75 million fans, NASCAR is a hit with both children and adults and fits well into our strategy of developing book products ‘driven’ by America’s strongest brands.”
    Mark Dyer, vice president of licensing and consumer products at NASCAR, said “As the popularity of NASCAR continues to grow, especially with younger fans, we’re partnering with the best publishers to sate our fans’ thirst for information and entertainment. More than half of all kids 7-12 years old are NASCAR fans. In this age group, NASCAR is now the No. 2 televised sport. We’re excited to collaborate with Reader’s Digest to bring quality books to this growing market of passionate fans.”
    Reader’s Digest Children’s Books are distributed by Simon & Schuster, and can be purchased through retail and online bookstores nationally. Beginning in June 2004, Reader’s Digest Children’s Publishing will release the initial three NASCAR-related titles:
    NASCAR CarryAlong(r) Book: Cars * Drivers * Races ($14.99) will serve as the perfect introduction to the NASCAR line. With colorful photographs and simple text, this book will give youngsters an inside look at the drivers and their cars, plus offer behind-the-scenes information about NASCAR races, tracks, pit crews and more. Brightly colored tabs on every page help young readers find their favorite subjects easily. The handy clasp and sturdy rubber handle – which looks just like a racing tire and has the NASCAR logo on it – will let kids take this book, and the action of NASCAR auto racing, with them wherever they go.
    NASCAR Middle Grade Books: Speedway Superstars and The Greatest Races ($4.99): With 8-page photo inserts and 16 black and white photos throughout, these books will grab the attention of any 8-12 year old. Speedway Superstars focuses on NASCAR’S greatest drivers – all the greats from Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, to today’s top drivers, will be included, along with fascinating fact-filled sidebars about the tracks, cars and pit crews. The Greatest Races covers the most memorable events in NASCAR history including the first Daytona 500 in 1959, the 1974 Firecracker 400, 1984 Winston 500, and the 2003 Darlington race when Ricky Craven edged Kurt Busch by a fraction of an inch in the closest-ever NASCAR race finish.
    Readers Digest: Reader’s Digest Children’s Publishing has trade distribution in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom and produces co-editions in over 25 languages and 31 countries. The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc. (NYSE: RDA) is a global publisher and direct marketer of products that inform, enrich, entertain and inspire people of all ages and cultures around the world. Global headquarters are located at Pleasantville, New York. The company’s main Web site is at www.rd.com.
    NASCAR Publishing: NASCAR’s publishing program now has more than 75 NASCAR-licensed titles in print. In 2004, NASCAR currently has 11 adult titles scheduled for release. In addition, NASCAR is emphasizing a new children’s publishing line including story books, chapter books, and reading level books to reach the entire children’s market.(NASCAR PR)(4-13-2004)
  • New Martin Book: The much anticipated Mark Martin book will be released this May! Mark Martin: Mark of Excellence – click here is the fully authorized biography of Mark Martin written by Larry Woody. Look for it on shelves in May or you can reserve a copy today at www.sportspublishingllc.com.(4-13-2004)
  • New Lifestyle Magazine Targets NASCAR Nation
    ~ “Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports … all others are games.” – Ernest Hemingway ~
    ~ “When I make a mistake, they don’t penalize me 15 yards, they take me away in an ambulance.” – Richard Petty, on whether racecar drivers are athletes ~
    Apparently, America’s best writer and its best racer are onto something. The danger and excitement of NASCAR have placed it atop the sporting landscape, and now for the first time, there’s a lifestyle magazine for its millions of loyal followers. American Thunder, debuting in February 2004, will bring its readers the drama, excitement, and inside story on America’s hottest and fastest growing sport-representing the first publishing endeavor for American Content Inc., a new venture established by Clarium Capital Management LLC of San Francisco.
    NASCAR claims over 75 million fans in the United States and its average Nielsen television ratings are second only to the National Football League. Major races often attract 200,000 people and the world’s leading marketers routinely fork over millions of dollars to sponsor a racecar in the hopes of influencing NASCAR’s ever-increasing audience. And yet, there has never been a lifestyle publication speaking to these legions of racing enthusiasts-until American Thunder.
    The March issue hits newsstands on February 1, 2004, and will feature NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt, Jr. on the inaugural cover. Launching with a rate base of 100,000, American Thunder will be published monthly. It will be distributed by Kable News and sold for $4.99 at retailers across the country.
    Publisher Val Landi, formerly Executive Vice President at IDG, says, “We are tapping into an immensely lucrative ad market. American Thunder will offer advertisers access to a NASCAR fan base renowned for its fanatical brand loyalty. And we’re the only game in town for this genre, so the potential for growth is almost limitless.” Landi’s entrepreneurial background includes leadership positions at Internet search service LookSmart and CEO of Redband Broadcasting – A Sony Company.
    Earnhardt and Gordon, Daytona and Talladega…200-mph fender-to-fender action and excitement is at the heart of American Thunder’s editorial coverage. But this magazine isn’t just about racing-American Thunder reflects on and rejoices in all the interests of this audience’s active, pedal-to-the-metal lifestyle. Features in the debut issue include:
    —— An in-depth profile of NASCAR’s prodigal son, Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
    —— Best and Worst of NASCAR 2003, and a look at the season ahead
    —— The first in a series of monthly diaries by 2003 NASCAR Rookie of the Year Jamie McMurray
    —— A strategy kit and online “power rankings” of drivers for participants in fantasy leagues
    —— Articles targeting the NASCAR enthusiast’s ‘lifestyle,’ including features on Norton Motorcycles and Final Four “March Madness.”
    In upcoming issues, American Thunder will also provide “Race of the Month” pullout section, which will offer a pre-race “playbill” to enhance the fans’ appreciation of the sport. The pullout section will include: pre-race analysis; diagrams of the track and insights on race strategy; crew chief commentary on how race cars need to setup; pre-race favorites and drivers to watch; maps and ticket information; “Track Trivia”; best and worst moments at that track in history; and best places to stay and eat.
    American Thunder has assembled an all-star cast of writers to deliver its NASCAR content; writers for the first two issues include: Ryan McGee, an award-winning motor sports journalist for Foxsports.com; Thomas Pope, motor sports editor of The Fayetteville Observer; David Poole, a columnist for The Charlotte Observer; popular online columnist Jay “Jayski” Adamczyk (proprietor of www.Jayski.com, which gets 150,000 hits per day); and B. Duane Cross, senior producer for SI.com.
    American Thunder was conceived by Editor-in-Chief Lucas Mast, who comes from Washington D.C.’s Cato Institute, where he worked as a telecommunications analyst for the public policy think tank. Mast is a graduate of Stanford University, where he served as a columnist and editor for the Stanford Review.
    “One of the defining characteristics of NASCAR fans is their desire to completely immerse themselves in the sport,” said Mast. “American Thunder is the first magazine that gives fans the insider access they crave while offering stories that tap into the adventurous nature of the NASCAR enthusiast.”
    The American Thunder demographic has a median age of 43 years, with an average household income of $57,100. Sixty-six percent are married and 55% have at least a college degree. Nineteen percent of regular race-goers spent $1,000 or more on NASCAR-related products, reflecting the enormous market potential of this group.
    American Thunder has amassed a team of leading circulation consultants to design and implement sophisticated mapping techniques and an intensive direct mail campaign. This will ensure that American Thunder’s initial guaranteed rate base of 100,000 will simply be a stepping stone to a projected circulation of 300,000 by the end of 2005.(PR)(1-15-2004)
  • Darrell Waltrip’s autobiographyDW: A Lifetime Going Around in Circles” – will move to the number 13 position on the March 14 New York Times Best Seller list for non-fiction hardcover books. It debuted on the Best Seller list at number 15 in its first week of release. Waltrip, a three-time NASCAR champion and current FOX Sports analyst, will make several appearances to autograph copies of the book (released on G.P. Putnam & Sons/Penguin USA) at the following times and locales:
    Atlanta/ Buckhead area, March 11, Thursday at 6:30pm at Borders [3637 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA](fingerprint inc.PR)(3-4-2004)
    AND Darrell Waltrip will give viewers another installment of his “Hot Spot” feature this week, outlining a part of Las Vegas Motor Speedway that could present drivers with some problems. The segment made a solid debut last week, as Waltrip’s explanation of tough spots at Rockingham was proven repeatedly throughout the broadcast.(NASCAR.com)(3-5-2004)
  • DW Book back to the presses UPDATE: Putnam Books has had to go back to the presses after only one week in the market place with DW’s autobiography. “DW: A Lifetime Going Around In Circles” came out Monday Feb. 9th and according to sources, already the 90,000 copies are gone.(2-18-2004)
    UPDATE: Darrell Waltrip’s autobiography, “DW: A Lifetime Going Around in Circles,” will debut on the New York Times Best Seller List next Sunday, February 29. “DW” will be ranked 15th on the Hardcover Non-Fiction list based upon sales in its first week of release. Waltrip is a three-time NASCAR Nextel Cup Champion and current analyst for FOX Sports. FOX Sports begins their NASCAR coverage this weekend from Rockingham, NC. (Note the Feb. 29 date of release… The New York Times published list trails sales reports by at least one week.) “An autobiography? That’s a book about cars, right?” — Darrell Waltrip.(fingerprint inc)(2-19-2004)
  • Allison’s book in 3rd printing:Bobby Allison: A Racer’s Racer” by Bobby Allison with Tim Packman is in its third print! Due to overwhelming demand the publisher has ordered a re-print. Allison’s stories and photographs have brought back fond memories to those who were around during the “good ole days”. And the book has given others a first-hand look at a legend who has helped make NASCAR the fastest growing sport in America. However, those who’ve bought the book have raved most about the CD. Listening to Bobby tell a story only the way he can has been called “laugh out loud” and “hysterical” (amazon.com), log on to www.BobbyAllison.com for times and locations.(2-12/19-2003)
  • Canadian TV Guide news: The Canadian version of TV Guide magazine will feature its first-ever NASCAR cover on Saturday. This collectible issue, which hits newsstands Monday, is geared toward the huge contingent of NASCAR fans throughout Canada. “NASCAR is the No. 1-rated motorsport in Canada,” said TV Guide Editor Jamie Hubbard, “and interest is climbing dramatically every season. Now that the Daytona 500 and other NASCAR races are also being broadcast on TORONTO 1 and the A-Channels, those numbers will only rise.” NASCAR International sees this as a pinnacle for Canadian racing enthusiasts. “Coverage of the 2004 NASCAR Season in TV Guide is really a milestone for NASCAR and stock car racing in Canada,” said Robbie Weiss, NASCAR Director, International. “NASCAR has established itself as part of the Canadian sports culture and is truly becoming a global phenomenon. Today, we are proud to see our fans and media partners following and enjoying NASCAR racing in more than 100 countries around the world.” The Canadian version of TV Guide reaches 3.6 million readers on a weekly basis.(NASCAR PR)(2-12-2004)
  • DW’s Book Released: Darrell Waltrip’s autobiography, “DW: A Lifetime Going Around in Circles,” will be available across North America Monday, Feb. 9th. In conjunction with the release of the book (published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.), Waltrip, a three-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Champion and current analyst for FOX Sports, will make a series of media and public appearances this week. Here is a partial list of Darrell’s calendar for the week:
    Monday through Friday night: Darrell will be co-host of “TRACKSIDE LIVE,” shown each evening on the Speed Channel direct from the Daytona International Speedway.
    Tuesday, February 10:
    9:10am: The Bob and Tom Show/ syndicated radio show
    11:30 am Fan Forum appearance at Daytona USA with David Reutimann, driver of the No. 17 NTN/Darrell Waltrip Motorsports Toyota in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
    6:50pm Live with George Michael to Washington D.C. area and syndicated “George Michael’s Sports Machine”
    9:00pm Hannity & Colmes / FOX News Channel / “The Presidential Election and NASCAR Dads”
    Wednesday, February 11:
    6:00 – 9:00am Satellite feed with Duncan-Hines / morning television shows across the United States
    Thursday, February 12:
    9:10am: The Bob and Tom Show/ syndicated radio show
    6:30 – 8:30pm: Autograph Session: Waldenbooks, Volusia Mall / 1700 Speedway Boulevard, across from the Daytona International Speedway.(fingerprint inc. PR), the book is also available at DWStore.com, where rumor has it that Jayski Tshirts will be available there within the next few weeks.(2-10-2004)
  • NASCAR Themed TV Guides this week: In its February 14 issue (on newsstands Monday, February 9), TV Guide magazine offers its 2004 NASCAR preview issue. Each copy features one of three collectible flip-motion race car covers, with an alternating image of two popular driver paint schemes including:
    * Jeff Gordon, 2004 DuPont Chevrolet and 2003 DuPont/Wright Bros. 100 Years of Aviation Chevrolet
    * Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2004 Budweiser Chevrolet and 2003 Budweiser/MLB All- Star Game Chevrolet
    * Kevin Harvick, 2004 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet and 2003 GM Goodwrench/Sugar Ray Chevrolet
    In the issue, TV Guide’s NASCAR expert Robert Edelstein examines the extensive off-season overhaul that is bringing major changes to the sport starting with Sunday’s Daytona 500. Targeting a more youthful market in a campaign waged on the track, in the boardrooms, and on the couch, NASCAR is reinventing itself at top speed. Also included is an exclusive excerpt from Waltrip’s new book, “DW: A Lifetime Going Around in Circles,” in which he recalls all the “boo’s” hurled at him from contemptuous fans that he had to endure throughout the middle of his career. tvguide.com also celebrates the coming NASCAR season with an exclusive roundtable interview, in which Edelstein chats with some of the sport’s hottest drivers, including Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman, and Waltrip. Also available from TV Guide, wherever magazines are sold, is the 2004 Auto Racing Yearbook, a 96-page full-size NASCAR preview magazine for 2004 [with an article by Jayski]. Along with features, schedules, predictions and posters, the issue offers one lucky winner a chance to win a trip for two to the Brickyard 400. All three collector’s covers of the February 14 TV Guide Digest issue are available for purchase on line at www.shoptvguide.com.(2-9-2004)
  • Commemorative Daytona 500 Program Distributed Coast to Coast: A commemorative newsstand edition of the award-winning Daytona 500 program will be available to race fans unable to attend NASCAR’s most prestigious race – the Daytona 500. The program hit newsstands in major grocery chains and mass retail outlets throughout the nation on Feb. 3. The unique cover of the 256-page program features a special Mickey Mouse Event Car as well as s the ultimate prize in motorsports, the Harley J. Earl trophy – presented to the winner of NASCAR’s most prestigious motorsports event – the Daytona 500. Although there will be 5 different Daytona 500 program covers, only the Mickey Mouse design can be purchased at newsstands nationwide. The Daytona 500 souvenir program features in-depth features on all of the events of Daytona’s Speedweeks. Driver profiles, race reviews and historical retrospectives, along with hundreds of photographs, fill the 256 full-color pages. The publisher’s editorial and photography staff has been recognized by various professional and media organizations, including the International Automotive Media Awards, for their work.(DIS PR)(2-9-2004)
  • NASCAR Preview and Press Guide out: UMI Publications, Inc. announced the immediate availability of The Official NASCAR Preview and Press Guide 2004. Long considered the Racing Fans’ Bible, the Press Guide’s highly anticipated release by racing fans and NASCAR industry leaders alike has over 400 pages of information covering the 2003 season and the inaugural 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season. No other preseason NASCAR publication can compare to the contents, accuracy and updated information of the Press Guide. Production of the magazine runs into January to insure the accuracy of information, complete updates of Driver Bios, New Paint Schemes, Complete Statistics of 2003 and Track Reviews. Race teams plan for the Press Guide’s deadline as a benchmark for having everything in place for the upcoming season. With 432 pages of information, including a section covering Every NASCAR Series (which no other publication offers) the Press Guide is the industry leader in its category. With distribution over 500,000, the Press Guide is the #1 selling preseason publication of any sport. You can purchase The Official NASCAR Preview and Press Guide 2004 at all major newsstand outlets or by calling the publisher direct at (800) 747-9287 or ordering online at www.umipub.com. UMI also publishes the official NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Yearbook (given away at the Awards Ceremony in New York), many hardcover Driver Books (Earnhardt, Elliott, Jarrett, among others), Track Books and many other specialty books.(UMI PR)(1-30-2004)
  • New Book: The Sands of Time: Celebrating 100 Years of Racing at Daytona by Bill Lazarus ($29.95, Sports Publishing LLC) chronicles competition from the early beach-course days through the modern events at Daytona International Speedway. The book includes a DVD with Daytona racing footage. Call 1-877-424-BOOK or visit www.SportsPublishingLLC.com.(1-30-2004)
  • Sporting News Preview: Sporting News The Premiere Edition of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Preview is a 224-page guide to the upcoming racing season. There are expert Scouting Reports on every driver and every track. Plus, FOX racing commentators Larry McReynolds, Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Hammond provide insight, and star drivers describe the fastest way around every track. You also get the Sporting News’ exclusive driver rankings, a guide to the key issues and trends for the upcoming season and schedules for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series. By the way, you’ll never guess who we’re picking to win the first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series.(Sporting News)(1-21-2004
  • NASCAR Preview Mag: Dale Earnhardt Jr.; Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick; Jeff Gordon; Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman; each grace the cover of Athlon’s Racing magazine which provides a comprehensive preview of the 2004 NASCAR season. Athlon Racing profiles and ranks the top 40 drivers, details each track on the Nextel Cup circuit and has an informative Drivers Forum where the stars of the sport speak out on various issues. This magazine is a must as fans gear up for Daytona and another exciting season of racing. More info at the www.athloncollectibles.com site.(1-21-2004)
  • TV GUIDE ROLLS OUT THIRD-ANNUAL FULL-SIZE NASCAR PREVIEW MAGAZINE
    TV GUIDE AUTO RACING YEARBOOK HITS NEWSSTANDS JANUARY 19

    Two Collectors’ Covers Feature Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Kevin Harvick

      
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    Bonus Highlights Include Full-Size Poster of NASCAR’S Top Tracks and Coolest Cars; And A Special “Build-Your-Own” Cutout of Kevin Harvick’s No. 29 Chevy; Following the enormous success of its first two NASCAR preview publications, TV Guide rolls out its third-annual full-size NASCAR season preview on January 19. TV Guide Auto Racing Yearbook features a pair of collectible covers, spotlighting Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kevin Harvick, two of the most successful and popular names in the sport. The 96-page definitive guide for all NASCAR fans is an exciting full-color look at the upcoming season, filled with stirring photos, vital information and stories by the nation’s top motor sports journalists.
    TV Guide Auto Racing Yearbook also includes such bonus features as a full-size two-sided poster with overhead views of every Nextel Cup track on one side, and the coolest championship cars on the reverse; and a collectible “build-your-own” cutout version of Kevin Harvick’s No. 29 Chevy. In addition, through a special sweepstakes, fans can enter to win an all expense-paid trip for two to the Brickyard 400.
    Highlights in TV Guide Auto Racing Yearbook include:

  • 2004 VIEWERS’ GUIDE: TV Guide predicts the top 25 finishers for 2004 and provides comprehensive driver info and stats, schedules for all three series and a Nextel Cup lineup . Plus: NASCAR experts offer up the best ways to get around every Cup track.
  • INSIDE TRACK: What are the biggest hot-button issues for 2004-and how will NASCAR handle them? Who were the sport’s biggest underachievers, and surprising overachievers, in 2003? And is anybody ready for a senior league? All that-and a look inside NASCAR’s big new deals-in our front section.
  • AUTO FOCUS: From Michael Waltrip’s wet win at Daytona to Ryan Newman’s fuel-window wonders; from Terry Labonte’s Labor Day love fest to the crowning of a new champ, TV Guide Auto Racing Yearbook takes a look back at all the images and colorful quotes that defined last season.
  • THE BEST TEAM MONEY CAN BUY: We know it costs an eight-figure fortune to run like a winner. We just didn’t know the figure was this high. TV Guide Auto Racing Yearbook checks in with several teams about where they deploy all their millions in pursuit of Cup glory-including how much goes to the guy behind the wheel.
  • FULL CIRCLE: Richard Childress lost his best friend, top driver and focus when Dale Earnhardt died three years ago. But now, by mentoring Kevin Harvick, he’s rediscovered his fire and that championship spirit.
  • FAST FRIENDS: The pressure to win and life-altering events could have driven Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth apart. But as they write in TV Guide Auto Racing Yearbook, one “bumpy” moment last season brought them closer than ever.
  • “WHATEVER THERE WAS TO WIN, I WON IT”: Darrell Waltrip recounts his early days with Junior Johnson, seasons of NASCAR dominance and classic battles with Bobby Allison, in a sneak-peak excerpt from his new autobiography, DW: A Lifetime Going Around in Circles.
  • A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS: Bad breaks and off-track distractions might derail some drivers. But consistency and staying cool have always been Jeff Gordon’s trademarks. TV Guide’s Robert Edelstein profiles the driver and his stellar career.
  • HEAT OF THE MOMENTS: Jimmy Spencer and Kurt Busch may have had last year’s most memorable feud (again), but they weren’t the only drivers letting off more than a little steam. TV Guide Auto Racing Yearbook examines how a little conflict and a lot of pressure make NASCAR so explosive.
  • NEWMAN’S OWN: A man of few words and more wins than any other driver last year, Ryan Newman’s unique philosophy has made him one of racing’s most enigmatic characters. Robert Edelstein talks to the driver who is the favorite to win it all this year.
  • THE LONG & WINDING ROAD: Cellular replaced cigarettes. Leather straps gave way to harness systems. And the only thing stock about the cars is their names. With a nod to NASCAR’s past, famous names lead readers on a trip down memory lane and into the future.

    COMING IN FEBRUARY – SPECIAL MOVING-IMAGE NASCAR COVERS ON TV GUIDE:
    On newsstands for its February 14th issue (on sale Monday, February 9th), TV Guide magazine will publish three different special effects lenticular NASCAR collector’s covers. Each cover features an alternating image of a top driver’s 2004 car, and another of his popular past paint schemes. The cool cars of Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick are each featured on each of these special covers.(TV Guide PR)(1-19-2004)

  • Best Damn Garage to Have an Open House during Speedweeks: Smokey Yunick’s family will host racers and race fans for an open house during Speed Weeks 2004. With the imminent sale of the property, the family wanted to allow the legions of race fans who have never been inside to see what was behind the painted windows and high fences. The event is scheduled for February 14, 2004 and the gates will open at 5pm and close at 9pm. The event is free and open to the public. Race fans will be able to walk through the shop and see where Smokey worked and played, including his office. Further details will be posted on www.SmokeyYunick.com in the coming weeks. This three-acre property still holds a mythical place in the hearts of race fans. The upcoming 2004 Speed Weeks would have been the last time that legions of loyal Smokey fans will be able to come by and have their picture taken with the sign out front – now they will actually be able to go inside and see what has been hidden all these years.(1-13-2004)
  • Allison book in 2nd print:Bobby Allison: A Racer’s Racer” by Bobby Allison with Tim Packman is in its second print! Due to overwhelming demand the publisher has ordered a re-print only 2 months after release. Bobby’s stories and photographs have brought back fond memories to those who were around during the “good ole days”. And the book has given others a first-hand look at a legend who has helped make NASCAR the fastest growing sport in America. However, those who’ve bought the book have raved most about the CD. Listening to Bobby tell a story only the way he can has been called “laugh out loud” and “hysterical” (amazon.com). Officially licensed by NASCAR. With the demand for the book increasing, Bobby Allison and Tim Packman are headed to Buffalo, NY this weekend for four book signings in two days. After doing a radio and TV blitz on Friday morning, the two will stop by Clarence Central High School, where Packman graduated from in 1982, in the afternoon to donate a book to the school’s library. Also, three December signings in the Charlotte area have been added. For more details about the Buffalo and Charlotte signings, log on to www.BobbyAllison.com for times and locations.(12-3-2003)
  • DW Book Signing:
    In conjunction with the release of his autobiography, Darrell Waltrip will make two Daytona Beach appearances to sign copies of his book “DW: A Lifetime Going Around in Circles.” The book is published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
    Waltrip, a three-time NASCAR Winston Cup Champion, will appear at Barnes & Noble, located at 1900 W. International Speedway Boulevard (directly across from the Speedway) from 6 until 8 pm, Monday evening, February 9.
    The popular FOX Sports NASCAR analyst will also do an autograph session Thursday evening, February 12 at Waldenbooks in the Volusia Mall at 1700 International Speedway Boulevard in Daytona Beach. Waltrip will appear from 6:30 until 8:30pm
    Because of the expected demand at each function, Waltrip will only be signing copies of the book. No other merchandise or memorabilia will be signed.(2-6-2004)
  • Milestone for Racing Milestones Magazine: Writers at Racing Milestones Magazine, Trader Publishing Company’s monthly magazine for NASCAR race fans, earned the two most prestigious writing awards in motorsports journalism for stories published in 2003.
    Monte Dutton earned first place in magazine writing from the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) at its annual meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Jan. 18th for his story, “Dale Jr.: True to Himself,” published in November 2003.
    Four days later, on Jan. 22, Godwin Kelly won the magazine writing category and a Rolex watch in the Miller Lite Motorsports Journalism Awards of Excellence in honor of Russ Catlin for his story, “Ryan Newman: One-Track Mind,” published in October 2003. The Journalism Awards of Excellence in honor of Russ Catlin recognize outstanding motorsports coverage in five categories while honoring the memory of Catlin, a motorsports journalism pioneer. These are presented annually at the UAW-GM Motorsports Media Tour in Charlotte.(Racing Milestones PR)(1-29-2004)
  • DW Book: Pre-Orders for signed copies of Darrell Waltrip’s autobiography, DW – A Lifetime of Going Around in Circles, are available Monday January 19th at www.DWStore.com. The book will be released nationwide on Monday Feb. 9th.(FoxSports)(1-17-2004)
  • Sports Illustrated Mag: In its annual post-season NASCAR issue, Sports Illustrated magazine includes results of a survey of nearly 1,400 race fans conducted at various tracks around the country. Some of the more interesting results include:
    – The best driver of all time? Dale Earnhardt, with 56%, easily over Richard Petty’s 17%.
    – Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the current favorite driver of 28% of the fans surveyed, with Jeff Gordon next at 15%.
    – When asked which driver has the most arrogant fans, 47% said Gordon.
    – The fans’ three favorite tracks are Bristol, with 22%, Daytona, with 19%, and Lowe’s Motor Speedway with 13%.
    – More than half of the fans, 57%, attend two to four races per year. And 48% of them travel 200 miles or more to attend a race, with 25% traveling 500 miles or more.
    – An amazing 19% of fans said they had spent $1,000 or more on NASCAR merchandise in the past year, while 97% of the fans said they’d bought at least one piece of merchandise in the past year.
    – Only 32% said that have been able to get their favorite driver’s autograph.(ThatsRacin.com)(12-23-2003)
  • New Magazine: Speedworld Magazine is a publication envisioned and created by Synergy Publishing International for the racing enthusiasts pleasure. It appeals to viewers using a fresh concept that revives racing reading. The magazine is committed to leaving an everlasting impression of a truly informational sensation. The goal is to provide original and accurate information that takes an extensive look into stock car, open wheel, off shore, and drag racing. More info at their site: www.speedworldmagazine.com.(12-17-2003)
  • G.P. Putnam’s Sons Acquires North American Rights to D.W., NASCAR Legend Darrell Waltrip’s Autobiography UPDATE Feb 7th: G.P. Putnam’s Sons has acquired the North American rights to D.W., which chronicles the remarkable life of NASCAR legend Darrell Waltrip, who retired in 2000 with 84 career victories, leaving him tied for third all-time. Now a popular commentator and analyst on FOX Sports’ NASCAR broadcasts, Waltrip will write his autobiography with bestselling co-author Jade Gurss. G.P. Putnam’s Sons Senior Editor Rob McMahon will edit the book, which was acquired from literary agent Richard Abate of ICM. D.W. will be published in hardcover by Putnam in February 2004. Darrell Waltrip commented, “Over the years, people have always told me I need to share my stories and experiences in a book. This is my first attempt at capturing the life, times and characters I have experienced in racing. It’s been fun for me to re-live the highs and lows when going back to compose my thoughts. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I enjoyed living it.”
    Waltrip, who began his NASCAR career in 1975, was the sport’s brightest and most controversial star in the 1980s. Early in his career he was feared, loathed and admired in some measure by fans and fellow drivers alike. But as the decade wore on, he won over the hearts of his detractors and was voted NASCAR’s most popular driver in 1989 and 1990. He has continued to attract new (and younger) fans with his folksy style as a color commentator for FOX Sports’ NASCAR coverage.
    Waltrip exhibits genuine wit and charm in D.W., the story of a man who lived his dream every time he stepped into a racecar, and whose dreams got better every time he climbed out in Victory Lane. Honest, engaging, amusing and always entertaining, the book also provides an up-close and personal look at the evolution of NASCAR and its greatest drivers, including racing immortals Richard Petty and David Pearson, modern-day legends Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon, and rising stars Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
    In addition to his television duties for FOX Sports, Waltrip is a frequent guest on the Imus in the Morning show during the racing season. He lives in Franklin, TN. Jade Gurss is the bestselling co-author of Driver #8, with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. He lives in Denver, NC. Hearing that signed copies of DW’s book will be available at www.dwstore.com.(PR)(6-17-2003)
    Update on Waltrip book: A book about the life and career of Darrell Waltrip is scheduled for release Feb. 9th, 2004. Waltrip, a three-time NASCAR champion and one of the most influential figures in the history of the sport, worked on the book with author Jade Gurss. Gurss authored the biography of Dale Earnhardt Jr. [Driver #8] that spent almost a year on The New York Times bestseller list. Waltrip plans book signings in Daytona and Nashville, but details have yet to be finalized.(Tenneseean)(12-18-2003)
  • TV Guide: there are four NASCAR Championship Covers for TV Guide this week: Matt Kenseth, Brian Vickers, Travis Kvapil and Cup rookie of the year Jamie McMurray. See newstands for the issue which are on sale now.
    AND Four Collector’s Covers with This Season’s Nascar Champions Distributed In Portions of Country; Other Areas to Receive The Simple Life Cover. The story: GROWING UP FAST (pg.42) In the high stakes world of NASCAR, prevailing wisdom has traditionally held that experience made drivers better suited to a title run. But this year, a crop of young champs, including Winston Cup winner Matt Kenseth and Winston Cup Rookie of the Year Jamie McMurray, is turning that maxim on its head. Still, championships require a driver who has at least learned the mature lesson of consistency. Kenseth, who posted only one victory in 2003, finished close to the front in enough races to walk off with the title. “Before [2003] started, I thought, given the kind of year we had in [2002]-winning the most races but being inconsistent-that we would learn enough as a team to still be competitive but to be more consistent,” he tells TV Guide. “On bad days, instead of me messing up and going in the sandtrap at Watkins Glen and finishing 40th when we had a Top 3 car, finish eight if that’s the highest you can go with it. Don’t go past your limits.”(TV Guide PR)(12-4-2003)

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  • New Smokey Book: MORE Sex, Lies & Superspeedways – the second collection of stories from Smokey Yunick’s legendary autobiography Best Damn Garage in Town was recently released. This collection is read by a very eclectic list of racing personalities who all had a connection to Smokey: Dick Berggren, Dave Bowman, Monte Dutton, Ray Evernham, Don Garlits, Ralph Johnson, Steve Lewis, Bill Miller, Major Jeff Neischel USAF, Bob Snodgrass and Bill & Renee Walker (Smokey’s sister and brother-in-law). “We thought it would be an interesting and unique experience for the listener to hear Smokey’s stories from different perspectives from across all areas of racing,” said Trish Yunick Brown, president of Carbon Press and Smokey Yunick’s daughter.
    In addition to reading a chapter or two from Smokey’s autobiography, each reader gives their opinion and thoughts on Smokey. MORE Sex, Lies & Superspeedways is currently in production will be sold through SmokeyYunick.com in early November and in bookstores and online stores in late November.
    MORE Sex, Lies & Superspeedways is the second collection of stories from Smokey Yunick’s autobiography, Best Damn Garage in Town…The World According to Smokey, to be released in audio form and contains over 8.5 hours of stories. The first collection of stories from Smokey’s book, entitled Sex, Lies & Superspeedways, was very well received but contained only 20% of the stories from Smokey’s book. Carbon Press is the publishing company that was started by legendary NASCAR and Indy car mechanic, owner and inventor, in order to ensure his autobiography was published just as he wrote it.(PR)(11-12-2003)
  • New Earnhardt Book: The publisher of Dale Earnhardt: Determined, the ONLY book Dale ever authorized is proud to announce the publication of a second book, Dale Earnhardt: Victories. Ride along and remember each and every one of Dale’s thrilling 76 NASCAR Winston Cup victories, his 12 Twin 125 wins, and seven NASCAR Winston Cup Series championships, and much more in this 240-page, leather-bound, hardcover book from UMI Publications.
    Dale Earnhardt: Victories celebrates, remembers and documents each of Dale’s visits to victory lane, from his first win at Bristol in April 1979 all the way to the unforgettable charge at Talladega in October 2000.
    In addition to his NASCAR Winston Cup wins, who can forget his dominance of the Daytona qualifying races, including 10 straight from 1990 through 1999? Victories also details Dale’s IROC career and 1990, ’95, ’99 and 2000 IROC championships. Victories also contains memorable quotes and tales regarding Dale’s career from fellow drivers and friends.
    This beautiful book is destined to be a true collector’s item.
    The DELUXE EDITION is priced at $99.95 plus $6.00 S&H and must be ordered with an order card available from UMI. STANDARD EDITION copies are available at $49.95 plus $6.00 S&H.
    To honor Dale’s memory, UMI will be donating portions of the sales of this book to the Dale Earnhardt Foundation. This foundation helps a variety of children’s causes, educational and scholarship opportunities, as well as wildlife preservation.
    Dale Earnhardt: Victories is a limited edition, so order your copy today. Your book will be shipped in October 2003. As with all books from UMI, your satisfaction is guaranteed or your money will be cheerfully refunded. Order at www.umipub.com.(10-15-2003)

  • Book Announcement: UMI Publications is proud to present “Turning Points” by Angela Skinner, wife of NASCAR driver Mike Skinner. “Turning Points” is a collection of defining moments in the lives of NASCAR superstars – those life lessons that shape who we are and teach us about overcoming challenges and reaching our goals. More info at Mikeskinner.com.
  • Tony Stewart DVD: Continuing a trend of blending NASCAR’s wildly successful form of motorsports with mainstream pop culture, NASCAR Images recently unveiled production details for the forthcoming DVD release entitled: “Tony Stewart: SMOKE.” The new production will include narration by multi-platinum artist and racing enthusiast Kid Rock, coupled with a dynamic soundtrack provided by top-selling rock group 3 Doors Down. As driver of the #20 Home Depot Chevrolet, the Indiana native’s forthright nature and overriding passion for winning is the backdrop for a career marked equally by success and controversy. In “Tony Stewart: SMOKE”, NASCAR Images looks beyond the headlines to present a sincere and intimate look at the driver known as the “Rushville Rocket.” Groomed for stardom at an early age on the dirt tracks of Southern Indiana, Stewart’s rise to the pinnacle of racing achievement is a story which traces the “win at all cost” philosophy that is at the core of his pubic persona. As told via exclusive and insightful interviews with family, friends, rivals, teammates and Stewart himself, “Tony Stewart: SMOKE” will take viewers well beyond the headlines to examine the championship-winning driver’s well-chronicled temper, his often bitter relationship with the media, and his lifelong obsession to reach Victory Lane. Perhaps the most misunderstood star in NASCAR, the new production also probes how Stewart’s conflicts with the sport’s establishment have made him both a hero and a catalyst for controversy. Set for release in October, 2003 (with pre-sales beginning September 1), “Tony Stewart: SMOKE” represents the fourth release in a series of increasingly popular NASCAR-themed video productions created to bring motion picture-quality home entertainment to a dedicated audience estimated at 75 million NASCAR fans. Earlier this year, the NASCAR Images / SMG partnership released “A Decade at the Brickyard” and “Road to Daytona 2003,” following the 2002 debut of “Winston Cup 2002 Year in Review” – NASCAR’s first-ever DVD home video release. In addition to the featured production video, consumers of the new “Tony Stewart: SMOKE” DVD will also enjoy special bonus material including a 3 Doors Down music video featuring Tony Stewart and rival NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. More info at their site: www.SportsDVDHeadquarters.com or by calling (800) 856-4266. Price of the DVD is $24.99.(Shoreline Media Group PR)(9-12-2003)
  • A Decade at the Brickyard DVD: The continuation of a highly successful partnership created to bring motion picture-quality home entertainment to an estimated 75 million enthusiastic NASCAR racing fans, NASCAR Images and Shoreline Media Group (SMG) today announced the upcoming release of A Decade at the Brickyard. Home to the internationally renowned Indianapolis 500(r) since 1911, the 2.5-mile “Brickyard” is regarded as the most historically significant racetrack in the world. Although it took NASCAR nearly 50 years to reach the hallowed grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway(r), in one short decade the annual “Brickyard 400(r)” has become one of the most significant dates on the yearly motorsports calendar. A Decade at the Brickyard will trace the popular event from the historic first race in 1994 to a behind-the-scenes coverage of the 2003 Brickyard 400(r). From the first of three race wins for Indiana native Jeff Gordon at the inaugural race in 1994 through Bill Elliott’s touching win in 2002, A Decade at the Brickyard will incorporate all of the colorful Brickyard 400(r) images that only the “Racing Capital of the World” could produce. Thanks to the gifted storytelling of NASCAR broadcast veteran Ken Squier, fans will enjoy an unprecedented presentation of Brickyard history including Ricky Rudd’s 0.183 second win over Bobby Labonte in 1997 and the legendary Dale Earnhardt’s 1995 victory. In addition to reviews of each previous Brickyard 400(r), the NASCAR Images’ award-winning production team will cover the 2003 event with the highest quality of documentary production values. “It is our intention to take our viewers well beyond the Brickyard 400(r) experience they normally enjoy on race day,” explained Jay Abraham, CEO, NASCAR Images. “With A Decade at the Brickyard our growing fan base will have the world’s best garage pass without having to leave the comfort of their living room.” An officially licensed product of NASCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway(r), A Decade at the Brickyard follows the popular 2003 releases of NASCAR Winston Cup 2002 Year In Review (NASCAR Image’s first ever DVD home video release) and Road to Daytona 2003. The product will first be distributed through SMG’s direct distribution system with advertisements directing customers to call their 800# (800-856-4266) or to purchase through their website at SportsDVDHeadquarters.com.
    “Over the past several months, the overwhelming response to our NASCAR-based video and DVD products has confirmed our commitment to distributing ultra high-quality sports home entertainment products into the marketplace,” added Jennifer Burns, CEO of Shoreline Media Group (SMG). “A Decade at the Brickyard” is an exciting next step toward reaching our objectives.”(Shoreline Media Group), see more at their site: www.sportsdvdheadquarters.com.(8-13-2003)
  • New Book: J and B Racing Publications is proud to announce to the racing public the release of the 2nd Edition of “FAST MONEY: How to put your racing merchandise business in the pole position”. This is the very 1st book of its kind about this billion dollar business and is packed with over 200 pages of priceless information about this business. Learn how to sell the items of such top names as Dale Earnhardt, Dale Jr, Jeff Gordon, Jimmy Johnson, Mark Martin, Tony Stewart, Dale Jarrett, and many other NASCAR racing drivers. This book also has valuable information on Action Performance, Revell, Racing Champions, and other companies in the racing industry. FAST MONEY© is your complete guide to setting up and running a successful racing merchandise business! This book contains all the industry secrets and hard to find information about these topics and many others:
    History of Racing Merchandise
    Understanding Autoship
    Promotion and Advertising
    Finishing First with the Racing Customer
    Dealing with Distributors
    How to Avoid Counterfeit Items
    Dealing with Competitors
    How to Buy and Sell Racing Merchandise
    Product Types
    How to Improve the Business
    This book is designed for a wide range of people interested or who deal in racing products to include:
    – New Dealers: Set up your business the right way at the start and blow the doors off your competitors!
    – Existing Dealers: Improve your existing business to new heights by learning new ways to improve profits!
    – Fans, Customers and Collectors: You will gain valuable insight into the business that will save you money and help you find the best dealers.
    – Investors: Learn how the business works before investing in racing merchandise companies.
    The NEW 2nd Edition has over 25 extra pages of new and updated material, plus a complete list of wholesalers and distributors to buy product from, Web Marketing, and racing simulator plans. 225 pages total. It was written by a dealer with over 7 years experience in almost every area of this business. Questions may be directed to [email protected] or call 850 939 8788 10-5pm. Or order at: FAST MONEY: How to put your racing merchandise business in the pole position.(5-20-2003)
  • Book about women involved in NASCAR: Though too few racing fans realize it, the NASCAR Winston Cup Series wouldn’t be possible without contributions and cooperation from a range of remarkable women. Now, for the first time, a new book from David Bull Publishing reveals the essential role that women play in NASCAR-both behind the scenes and in high-profile positions with racing teams, the media, and the NASCAR organization itself. In NASCAR Women: At the Heart of Racing, author Denise Wood profiles a cross-section of women-from drivers’ wives to top executives and team owners-who have been instrumental in helping make NASCAR America’s biggest spectator sport. Wood, who played her own part as a racing journalist and team P.R. executive, tells the stories of 13 of NASCAR’s most notable women. Among them:
    · Stevie Waltrip, wife of three-time Winston Cup champion Darrell Waltrip, who fought to allow women into garages so they could support their husbands with timing, scoring, and fuel economy calculations
    · Deb Williams, one of NASCAR’s first and most widely read female reporters
    · Lesa France Kennedy, president of International Speedway Corporation, which owns and operates Daytona and 11 other NASCAR tracks
    · Gail Davis, who, with her husband, Bill, established a successful trucking company before starting their own team in the NASCAR’s Busch and Winston Cup Series.
    While each woman’s story is unique, they all share a common theme-the struggle to win a position in a uniquely competitive environment that, until recently, was overwhelmingly dominated by men. NASCAR Women: At the Heart of Racing offers revealing insights and anecdotes about the sport and business of stock car racing, told through the voices of its unsung heroines. The book is 144 pages, retails for $24.95, and is illustrated with over 100 color and black and white photographs, most provided from family photo albums.
    Denise Wood became involved with racing in 1989 as a journalist with The Richmond Times-Dispatch in Richmond, Virginia, and the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia. In 1995, she became a sponsor public relations representative for Sports Marketing Enterprises. Subsequently she has also done public relations work for RCA and Roush Racing.
    David Bull Publishing is dedicated to producing the best books in motorsports. Founded in 1995, the company has published award-winning biographies of NASCAR legends Mark Martin, Junior Johnson, and Rusty Wallace. Other recent titles include Daytona 500: An Official History, and Larry McReynolds: The Big Picture. For more information please visit www.bullpublishing.com.(11-24-2003)
  • Geoffrey Book in 2004 and some plans: Former WGI press liaison and current manager of public relations for Grand-Am J.J. O’Malley said Thursday his Geoffrey Bodine biography is targeted for release in the fall of 2004.(Corning Leader)
    AND Bodine will team with Darren Law at Watkins Glen to race the #8 car in tonight’s Bully Hill Vineyards 250 Rolex Series race MORE Looking ahead to next season, Bodine said he’s exploring opportunities for himself and his brother Brett in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Looking ahead to tonight’s race, Bodine seemed more concerned with impressing his hometown fans than a Winston Cup team.(Elmira Star Gazette)(8-8-2003)
  • New from the Sporting News: NASCAR Superstars – Start your engines with our glitzy review of the top personalities in NASCAR Winston Cup racing. Get up close and personal with 15 of the sport’s biggest drivers, including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch, Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson and many others, and learn what it’s like to be a superstar of NASCAR. From the dirt tracks to the stage of Saturday Night Live, we bring you the inside scoop and photographs that bring you face-to-face with all of your favorites in the sport. Choose from among three different covers. More info at the Sporting News site(6-24-2003)
  • Men and Speed – updated: The new edition of “Men And Speed” by G. Wayne Miller, with new cover, new photos and a whole new chapter on the 2002 season (behind-the-scenes on Mark Martin’s title run, Jack Roush’s accident, Kurt Busch’s charge, etc.), is now out. Granted unprecedented access inside America’s mightiest racing team, New York Times acclaimed author G. Wayne Miller spent more than three years with Jack Roush, Mark Martin, Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, and Greg Biffle. There is no book like MEN AND SPEED, with its 16 pages of color photos and more than 225 exclusive others here at the Slideshow. AVAILABLE NOW! The new edition telling the inside story of the epic 2002 season, in which Jack almost died, Mark almost won it all, Tony Stewart almost lost it, Matt Kenseth won five races, Kurt Busch came on like gangbusters, and so much more happened throughout the world of NASCAR.
    More info at www.menandspeed.com or order it below in my bookstore.(6-17-2003)
  • Curtis Turner book UPDATE: Stuart Sprung, from San Diego, CA is currently compiling research for a book covering the era and life of Curtis Turner. It’s about time all the wild stories were compiled into one book. He is planning on making several trips to the Charlotte area over the summer to gather information. If anyone has contacts of any information that they think would be helpful please feel free to contact him at: [email protected].(5-21-2002)
    UPDATE: “The Hard Chargers”- Curtis Turner book update: Writer Stuart Sprung, from San Diego, CA has completed research and is well into the process of writing. The book will be about an elite group of NASCAR Grand National (Now, Winston Cup) era drivers known as “Chargers.”.. Although the book will tell true stories about many of the fabled drivers, Curtis Turner will be the central character due to being one of the most colorful and influential racers involved in the creation of NASCAR.. From his “all out” driving style and wild antics to building the Charlotte Motor Speedway, he left an impression everywhere he went.. At one point he was banned for life from NASCAR, but came back in dramatic fashion to win the inaugural race at Rockingham.. Despite many triumphs and tragedies, the world was his playground until his life was cut short when he died in a plane crash in 1970.
    The story promises to be even more compelling due to the generous assistance of legends such as: Bobby & Donnie Allison, Mario Andretti, Buck Baker, Dan Gurney, Ned Jarrett, Junior Johnson, Fred Lorenzen, Hershel McGriff, Ralph Moody, Marvin Panch, Raymond Parks, David Pearson, Richard Petty, “Tiger” Tom Pistone, Bud Moore, Louise Smith, Humpy Wheeler, Glen & Leonard Wood and Cale Yarborough.. They shared their own stories, photos and personal experiences with Curtis resulting in the uncovering of some great tales that will be revealed as this fascinating story unfolds.
    As of yet, a suitable publisher has not been sought out, but hopes are that the book will be published sometime in 2004.. Prospective publishers are welcome to inquire further. If anyone has any questions, comments or suggestions please feel free to check the website, www.stuartsprung.com or email at: [email protected].(5-5-2003)
  • Special NASCAR TV Guides: As NASCAR approaches the second half of its 2003 Winston Cup season, TV Guide hits newsstands with its July 5 special Winston Cup mid-season issue (on sale June 30th), featuring two different collector’s covers. The sport’s two leading pairs-Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Michael Waltrip; and Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch-will each command a cover. In addition, newsstand issues of the magazine will include two special TV Guide bonuses. The first is a pair of cut-out trading cards, depicting Jeff Gordon’s #24 DuPont Chevrolet and Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s #8 Budweiser Chevrolet on one side, with racing statistics and exclusive quotes from each driver on the reverse. The second bonus feature is a two-sided pullout poster with a photograph of Earnhardt Jr. on one side and Gordon on the other. Both sides of the poster also include the schedule for the remainder of the Winston Cup 2003 season. In addition to giving complete up-to-date stats on the first half of the Winston Cup season, TV Guide auto-racing expert Robert Edelstein examines the effect of stress on NASCAR’s top drivers. As he reports, frustration got the better of Earnhardt Jr. last season after a vicious crash during the Winston Cup California race left him with a severe concussion and led to his drop from the top 10 in points. While his physical recovery played a role in his comeback this season, Junior’s the first to admit the big reason for his success is all in his mind: “A bad attitude is like a virus, and it all starts with me,” he tells TV Guide. “I felt that way at the start of this season; the results made me a believer.” This special mid-season TV Guide NASCAR report also examines whether anyone has a shot at beating Dale Earnhardt Jr. or Michael Waltrip at Daytona’s July 5 prime-time race. Edelstein, author of NASCAR Generations, looks at this winning team’s strongest competition and analyzes the five top contenders: Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Ward Burton, Tony Stewart and Rusty Wallace.(TV Guide PR)(6-26-2003)
      

  • New Book: The Sporting News Racetracks Book captures the excitement of the 26 past and present speedways where history has been made. Experience racing at these great tracks with panoramic shots and individual histories:
    *Walk through Gasoline Alley at Indianapolis.
    *Get an up-close look at the front straightaway at Talladega.
    *See just how sharp the corners are at Watkins Glen.
    *Check out the steep corners at Bristol, Daytona, Darlington & Dover.
    *Plus the newest tracks in Chicago and Kansas City.
    Hundreds of color photographs bring out the history of these tracks and their great races. Panoramic images cover each track, and the spots where history was made are pointed out in detail:
    * The Turn 4 wall where Dale Earnhardt tragically crashed and died at Daytona. *Picturesque Turn 6 at Watkins Glen, where dozens of races have been won, and lost, on passes.
    *Talladega Superspeedway and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Museum.
    The Racetracks Book presents all of the sights, sounds and even smells of America¹s stock car raceways. It¹s a nostalgic look at the history of each track, what transpired on them, as well as what it¹s like to watch racing there today. Regularly $34.95; Your price only $24.95 plus S&H. To Order, Toll Free 1-800-825-8508 (order Item #704) Dept. WY30127 or order online at sportingnews.com/books.(2-4-2003)
  • 2002 Winston Cup Updates is out: A Statistical Review of the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Season, NASCAR Winston Cup Media Update Book, is out. The 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Updates Year-End Book entitled “Statistical Review of the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Season” is a complete compilation of the weekly versions of this information-packed series and is now available to all race fans. The book offers a complete race-by-race review of the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup season. It also includes statistical analysis of all aspects of the 2002 season plus driver biographies. Written by Len Thacher, Director, NASCAR Winston Cup Statistical Services, this book offers every race fan the opportunity to access the same information used by television, radio and print media personalities in reporting each race throughout the year.
    To place an order:
    send $25.95 to:

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    Dumfries, VA 22026

    or Call Toll Free 1-888-782-8725
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    (Include card number, expiration date and signature with all credit card orders)
    Email orders using credit cards accepted at [email protected].(let them know you saw it on the Jayski site)(12-9-2002)

  • New Cookbook: The Busch Series Ladies Association is pleased to announce the arrival of its first publication . . . Over the Wall Recipes, Checkered Flag Favorites of the Busch Series Ladies Association. Over the Wall Recipes contains nearly 500 recipes submitted by fans, BSLA and Winston Cup Racing Wives Auxiliary members, drivers, crew members and their families.. Also included are recipes from Motor Racing Outreach (MRO), NASCAR officials and broadcasters.. Recipes include the following: appetizers, soups and salads, sides and vegetables, main dishes, breads and rolls, cookies and candy, desserts, this and that. Sara Lee and Carrie Enders, both charter members of the BSLA spearheaded the cookbook project and spent many hours painstakingly typing in the nearly 500 recipes as well as categorizing them.. Support from Kingsford and Amick Farms made the book a reality along with graphics help from the Decal Source. Over the Wall Recipes will sell for $12.00 per book plus a shipping and handling charge.. Log onto www.buschladies.com for more information or to order yours today. All proceeds from the cookbook will benefit the Busch Series Ladies Association. The Busch Series Ladies Association, founded in 1996, is a non-profit organization that helps injured drivers and crew members in the Busch Series family.. In addition, the BSLA works to promote other charitable works.. For more information or to contact us be sure to log on to www.buschladies.com.(PR)(10-21-2002)
  • ThatsRacin.com: Fans to Buddy: Hey! Aren’t you that guy on TV? From “Flat Out and Half Turned Over: Tales from Pit Road with Buddy Baker” by Buddy Baker and David Poole
  • ThatsRacin.com: This time, Talladega’s ‘Big One’ involved the inspectors, teams, from “Cheating: An Inside Look At The Bad Things Good NASCAR Winston Cup Racers Do In Pursuit Of Speed” by Tom Jensen; and What one writer hopes to give to racing’s figures by Jim McLaurin
  • Gordon on Cover: Jeff Gordon is the cover story in the current issue of Racing Milestones (April 2003), now available on Auto Trader racks and newsstands.(3-14-2003)
  • NASCAR on the cover of Mad Magazine: “NASCAR Stripped Bare” the headline on the cover of Mad Magazine, with a drawing of Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr featured standing with Alfred E Neuman and a few columns (see my Article/Columns links page for links).(2-26-2003)

  • Geoffrey Bodine on cover of Guideposts magazine: Geoffrey Bodine is on the cover of the latest copy of Guideposts magazine and has the featured article, entitled: The Best Example – This NASCAR driver just wanted to be the man his dad was and a good brother. Guideposts is a Christian motivational/positive thinking magazine. They have a website, hsowever the article is not online for viewing, you can see the table of contents at www.guideposts.com.(Stock Car Gazette E-zine)(2-25-2003)
  • Some Book and Magazine News: Brassey’s, Inc. has just published Monte Dutton’s (of the Gaston Gazette) new book: Postcards from Pit Road: Inside Nascar’s 2002 Season, a week-by-week look at the 2002 season, with reports by Monte from each and every race out there.. It talks about all the plots and subplots, from Jack Roush’s accident and recovery, to Tony Stewart battling his critics — and Mark Martin — down the stretch.
    AND A new racing novel, authored by Clyde Bolton, former motorsports writer for The Birmingham News, hits the bookstores this week. Bolton’s book, Turn Left on Green: A Novel of Stock Car Racing, tells the tale of a female sportswriter, covering racing for The News, who falls in love with a driver.
    AND a new quarterly racing magazine, GenerationSPEED Magazine, will debut in March 2003, it covers everything about SPEED including NASCAR. More info at their website: www.mosaicpublishing.net. Many more racing books, magazines, videos and music CD’s can be dound at my Racing Bookstore page (proceeds to charity)(2-24-2003)
  • Inside Cat is back: Last year’s publication of Inside Cat Racing 2002 was such a success that a 2003 edition has just been released. The magazine-format issue includes photographs and lots of information about Ward Burton and Bill Davis Racing. Inside Cat Racing is available at the Cat Merchandise Centre on Adams Street in Peoria or at www.insidecatracing.com. The 2002 edition also may be ordered on the Web site.(Peoria Star)(2-20-2003)
  • Racer Magazine Previews NASCAR: the February issue of RACER has a NASCAR Season Preview alongs with articles like How common templates will change the Winston Cup equation.(SpeedChannel/Racer)(2-9-2003)
  • Sporting News NASCAR Preview: The Sporting News NASCAR 2003 season preview issue of the magazine hits newsstands Wednesday [Feb 5th]. It has Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Junior on the cover, and new this season, also includes Busch Series and Craftsman trucks coverage. Lee Spencer examines to the top stories/drivers to watch this and has driver reports on TSN’s top 10 Winston Cup drivers entering the season.(2-4-2003)
  • NASCAR Winston Cup Illustrated to release preview: NASCAR Winston Cup Illustrated’s February issue is the largest in the publication’s history, at 264 pages. It is a complete and comprehensive preview of the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup season, featuring a beakout of the magazine’s selections as the drivers who will rank among the top 20 at the end of the year. Every driver scheduled to compete in 2003 is in the magazine, with their 2002 records, predictions on key races, keys to success, why they might win the championship and why they may not. Also there is a large section on fantasy racing, featuring complete statistics on every driver and their performances at every track. Full race reports from 2002 are included in the issue, along with previews of the BGN and CTS, 2003 schedules and more. The issue is highlighted by an in-depth and highly personal interview with Dale Earnhardt Jr. The February issue is on the newsstands or may be purchased by calling 800-883-7323.(1-17-2003)
  • New Auto Racing Magazine: Dale Earnhardt Jr. graces this cover of Athlon’s inaugural Racing magazine which provides a comprehensive preview of the 2003 NASCAR season. Athlon Racing profiles and ranks the top 40 drivers, details each track on the Winston Cup circuit and takes a look at some of the burning issues in the world’s fastest growing sport. Athlon Sports has just launched a new magazine RACING. The magazine is edited by Charlie Miller, who also oversees Athlon’s other sports publications. More info at www.athlonsports.com.(1-17-2003)
  • Drivers to be Featured in USA Weekend UPDATE: Four-time Winston Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon, 1999 champ Dale Jarrett and rising star Jimmie Johnson are featured on the cover of USA Weekend magazine for the Daytona 500 weekend of Feb. 14-16. The trio also is featured inside in a round-table discussion and a two-page poster.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(2-9-2003)
    UPDATE: In a major exclusive USA Weekend Magazine presents the very top 3 drivers of three generations of NASCAR in an autographed collectible poster. Featured drivers in the 2/16 issue are, Dale Jarrett; Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson. The column will be posted online at the USA Weekend Magazine. Some highlights: What they think of the fans…
    Jeff Gordon: When somebody shows me his tattoos, and I can see my car, face and name all over their back. That’s when I call security. [Laughs.] Just kidding. It’s cool. But, it’s unreal too. Jimmie Johnson: To me, the coolest thing is when a fan has taken a room in their house and dedicated it to you. They have all these jackets and other stuff of ours decorating it. I mean, the money they spend- there’s no way any other sport can boast that kind of passion. What they think appeals to the fans…
    Johnson: Everybody can do it. Not everyone grows up with the ability to play basketball, football or baseball. But, some time or another; your going to drive a car. And, you’re going to break the speed limit. Dale Jarrett: Plus, TV puts fans in the driver’s seat. You feel like you’re right here. That’s unique to our sport.(2-11-2003)
  • NASCAR TV Guides hit stand Feb 10th: In its February 15 issue (on newsstands Monday, February 10), TV Guide magazine offers its 2003 NASCAR preview issue, which features three different moving-image collector’s covers. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon are each featured on one of the special covers. In the issue, TV Guide previews the Daytona 500 and the 2003 NASCAR season. Earnhardt Jr himself talks about what makes him tick. Also in the story, Gordon speaks about the effect his highly-public separation from wife Brooke had on him last season, in which he finished fourth. As for 2002 Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart, he talks about tempering his attitude. A complete set of all three NASCAR TV Guide covers is available online at www.shoptvguide.com.
    AND After the successful launch last year of its first-ever sports-themed standalone magazine, NASCAR 2002, TV Guide has rolled out its second-annual NASCAR preview magazine, TV Guide Winston Cup 2003. On newsstands now, the full-size publication (as opposed to TV Guide’s customary digest size) is a comprehensive preview of the upcoming 2003 season. Targeted at the millions of NASCAR faithful, it also serves as the perfect primer for the many recent NASCAR converts. TV Guide Winston Cup 2003 features two different collectible covers, one with 2002 Winston Cup Champion Tony Stewart and the other featuring Dale Earnhardt Jr., along with teammates Steve Park and Michael Waltrip. Each issue also includes a full-size poster of either Earnhardt Jr. or Jeff Gordon. Fans will also find one of two sets of collectible trading cards: one set features the top stars of Winston Cup racing, the other is a set of commemorative Dale Earnhardt tribute cards.(TV Guide PR)(2-7-2003)
  • NASCAR TV Guide Issues: After the successful launch last year of its first-ever sports-themed standalone magazine, NASCAR 2002, TV Guide is rolling out its second-annual NASCAR preview magazine, TV Guide Winston Cup. Hitting newsstands January 20, the full-size publication (as opposed to TV Guide’s customary digest size) is a comprehensive preview of the upcoming 2003 season. Targeted at the millions of NASCAR faithful, it also serves as the perfect primer for the many recent NASCAR converts. TV Guide Winston Cup features two different collectible covers, one with 2002 Winston Cup Champion Tony Stewart and the other featuring Dale Earnhardt Jr., along with teammates Steve Park and Michael Waltrip. Each issue also includes a full-size poster of either Earnhardt Jr. or Jeff Gordon. Fans will also find one of two sets of collectible trading cards: one set features the top stars of Winston Cup racing, the other is a set of commemorative Dale Earnhardt tribute cards. The 96-page, full-color magazine provides an exciting look at the season to come, with several features contributed by some of the nation’s top NASCAR journalists, including David Poole, Monte Dutton, Mike Hembree and Jim McLaurin. TV Guide predicts the top 25 finishers (Can Stewart repeat? TV Guide says yes) and provides comprehensive driver info and stats, schedules for all three series, as well as lineup and track information. A look back at the outrageously unpredictable 2002 season through some of the most memorable photos of the year. In addition to newsstands, fans can order the new publication online at the TV Guide Store. Also: On newsstands for its February 15 issue (on sale Monday, February 10), TV Guide magazine will publish three different special-process, moving-image NASCAR collector’s covers to highlight its regular 2003 NASCAR preview issue. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart are each featured on one of these special covers of the nation’s top-selling weekly magazine.(TV Guide PR)(1-17-2003)
  • Wheelz.net, the official website for Wheelz Enterprises, is your exclusive online source for their book, Race Day Cuisine. More than just a cookbook, Race Day Cuisine features all of your favorite racers sharing their families treasured recipes.
    Introducing the first cookbook exclusively written by race drivers.
    Race Day Cuisine is the world’s first cookbook with recipes provided by motorsports celebrities like Mario Andretti, Richard Petty, Dan Gurney, Butch Leitzinger, Hurley Haywood, Jack Baldwin, Derek Bell, Boris Said, Bill Elliot and many, many more
    This unique collection features your favorite drivers from various racing series, from NASCAR to IMSA, and the number of books printed is strictly limited. This is a must for all motorsports fans and enthusiasts
    A portion of the proceeds from RACEDAY CUISINE benefit Canine Companions for Independence and their work to train service dogs for children and adults with physical handicaps. More info and too order the book, see Wheelz.net
  • NASCAR Yearbook: the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Yearbook “ the 31st Anniversary Edition “ is now avialble for order. Appropriately, the yearbook, produced by UMI Publications, is presented to the NASCAR Winston Cup champion each year, at the season-ending awards ceremony in New York City. Just as appropriate, though, is the fact that NASCAR fans are able to secure their own copy. From the season-opening Daytona 500 to the season-ending “NASCAR Championship Weekend” at Homestead-Miami Speedway the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Yearbook provides fans with an “insider’s look” into the trials and triumphs of the season. It’s all there: nearly 300 pages covering 36 races, involving 23 racetracks, and a schedule shared by 19 states; a coast-to-coast-to-coast championship chase involving the world’s greatest race car drivers, in the nation’s No. 1 motorsports series. Prefacing the detailed descriptions of the weekly battles is a section devoted to past NASCAR Winston Cup champions, such as Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, Rusty Wallace and Bill Elliott, and Jeff Gordon, who is amid a chase all his own, trying to tie “ or break “ the record of seven career championships shared by Petty and Earnhardt. Orders are now being taken for the yearbook’s 31st Anniversary Edition. Delivery is guaranteed by Christmas. “This yearbook,” said former NASCAR Winston Cup champion Benny Parsons, “is the ultimate gift for any race fan.” To order visit UMI Publications’ website, www.umipub.com. The yearbook is available only through UMI and is not sold in bookstores.(NASCAR PR)(10-30-2002)
  • Larry Mac book signings: To kick off the holiday shopping season, legendary NASCAR crew chief, Larry McReynolds, is scheduled to be at the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame in Mooresville, NC on Satruday, November 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00pm/et to sign copies of his new book Larry McReynolds: The Big Picture; My Life from Pit Road to the Broadcast Booth. For directions to the Racing Hall of Fame, located at 119 Knob Hill Road, please call 704-663-5331.(11-25-2002)
  • Larry McReynolds Book News and signings: No personality in the history of NASCAR Winston Cup racing has taken a roller-coaster ride of triumph and tragedy like superstar crew chief and television broadcaster Larry McReynolds. As a color analyst on FOX’s popular NASCAR broadcast team, McReynolds has helped FOX win some of NASCAR’s highest television ratings ever. As a Winston Cup crew chief for 15 years, McReynolds won 23 races, including two Daytona 500s, and worked with the sport’s greatest drivers, including Dale Earnhardt, Davey Allison, David Pearson, Ernie Irvan, Neil Bonnett, Ricky Rudd, and Cale Yarborough. Through it all, McReynolds kept his eye on the Big Picture-the greater achievement of long-term goals and accomplishments, especially in the face of setbacks. McReynolds’s story, his own Big Picture, is one of a remarkable career jam-packed with thrilling successes, heartbreaking defeats, grief, comebacks, and above all, a willingness to work hard and a determination to never give up. McReynolds story is told with the same perceptiveness and attention to detail that McReynolds shows in the FOX broadcast booth. You’ll fly with McReynolds on that final, poignant airplane trip from New Hampshire with the late Davey Allison after two years of amazing ups and downs. You’ll take the frantic ride in the NASCAR pace car out to turn two at Michigan after the devastating crash that nearly killed Ernie Irvan. You’ll join McReynolds in victory lane with Dale Earnhardt after his most dramatic victory-the 1998 Daytona 500-and learn the truth about his troubled times with the Intimidator. And you’ll read insider stories as only McReynolds can tell them, including more than one blow-by-blow visit to the dreaded NASCAR “woodshed” for a bawling-out by NASCAR chairman Bill France himself. Reaching back to his earliest days in racing as a volunteer mechanic in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, McReynolds and co-author Bob Zeller weave a fast-paced narrative that takes readers and race fans on a high-speed ride through some of NASCAR’s most dramatic and memorable moments. Larry McReynolds: The Big Picture; My Life from Pit Road to the Broadcast Booth by David Bull Publishing retails for $24.95 and is a 6″ by 9″ hardcover, 400 pages, with 25 color photos. On Thursday, October 10, Larry McReynolds and Bob Zeller will be at the infield media center at Lowe’s Motor Speedway for a 3:00pm/et press conference to introduce this new autobiography. Then on Friday, October 10, from 3:00-4:00pm/et, they will sign copies of their book at the Action Pit Stop, located across from the speedway at 6301 Performance Drive SW, Concord, NC 28027. The phone number is 704-454-4200.(PR) or see DWStore.com(10-8-2002)
  • Johnson Cookbook Flossie Johnson, known within the NASCAR community for her extraordinary southern cooking, will share her culinary secrets when she introduces a new cookbook, “Flossie’s Favorites Too”, Wednesday, Oct. 9, at The Speedway Club at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Johnson, the former wife of NASCAR legend Junior Johnson, will host a private signing for several special guests including Darrell and Stevie Waltrip, Bill and Cindy Elliott and “Humpy” and Pat Wheeler at 11 a.m. in The Speedway Club restaurant. A public signing will begin at 2:00pm/et in the lobby “living room” area on the first floor of Lowe’s Motor Speedway’s Smith Tower.(LMS PR). The book can be ordered at her site: Flossie’s Favorites.(10-8-2002)
  • Bradshaw book decal on the #12 at Kansas: BGN team FitzBradshaw Racing co-owner, Terry Bradshaw, continues his publishing success with the release of his second book, Keep It Simple. The book is authored by Bradshaw with David Fisher. A decal of the Keep It Simple cover will be featured this Saturday, September 28, 2002 at the Mr. Goodcents 300 on the Supercuts #12 Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by Kerry Earnhardt. In his New York Times bestseller It’s Only a Game, Bradshaw told tales of his upbringing on a farm in Louisiana, his school days and the less-than-illustrious start of his professional football career which began when he was the first overall pick of the 1970 draft.. In his follow-up book, Keep It Simple, Bradshaw zeroes in on the intriguing details of his life and reveals how, after a career as one of history’s greatest quarterbacks, he successfully re-channeled his passions and became an award-winning broadcaster and one of America’s most sought-after motivational speakers. Keep It Simple is a far more personal look at Bradshaw.. He focuses on the intriguing details of his life and recalls how, after a career as one of history’s greatest quarterbacks, he managed to redirect his passions and transform himself into an award-winning broadcaster and one of America’s most beloved motivational speakers. “Despite Terry’s incredibly busy schedule with FOX, publishing, his speaking engagements and all of his personal commitments, it is so inspirational to have his enthusiasm focused on the race team,” said FitzBradshaw co-owner Armando Fitz.. “His commitment to leading the team to a full season of Cup in 2004 remains one of his priorities.”
    Speaking candidly to the reader in Keep It Simple, Bradshaw openly reveals the important lessons that life has taught him, including:
    When something unpleasant happens in your life, remain positive, and do what you know how is best.
    Never stop believing in the possibility of true love.
    Hire competent people and allow them to do the job you hired them to do.
    Remember to treat the people working for you as you would like to be treated.
    Find time for those things that give you real pleasure in life.
    Let kids be kids; let them do the same things you did when you were growing up.
    Know that nobody in the world can ever replace you.
    Don’t waste your time fretting about yesterday; it’s done, it’s gone.
    Keep it simple, smile a lot, be nice to other people.
    (Fitz Bradshaw Racing PR), for more info, click on book title. (9-25-2002)
  • Book gives high marks to Dover: Jay Ahuja’s book, Speed Dreams: A Guide to America’s 23 NASCAR Tracks, gives high marks to Dover International Speedway and the surrounding areas. Ahuja lists Dover No. 4 on his Favorite Tracks to Watch a Race “because this track is tough on cars, tires and drivers, but the action is tops.” Ahuja spent the past two seasons traveling to all of the Winston Cup tracks across the country to get a fan’s perspective of the best places to see a race, the local attractions, nightclubs, and hotels. The book evaluates the good and the bad of each track and provides many phone numbers, addresses, traffic routes, as well as several lists of the author’s favorites. Dover ranked No. 12 in the Top Family-Friendly Winston Cup Race Cities, because of its location in relation to the beaches and the large camping areas provided near the track. The first printing of Speed Dreams is sold out and the second printing is nearly gone as well. Whether there will be a third printing or a revised edition has not yet been decided.(See more at the Dover Post)(9-18-2002)
  • New Book Touts Richmond as one of the Best Winston Cup Cities:. Speed Dreams: A Guide to America’s 23 NASCAR Tracks lists Richmond as being among the nation’s best in several categories such as (#2 Dozen Favorite Tracks to Watch a Race in Person; #2-Favorite Quirks; #8-Top Twelve Family-Friendly Winston Cup Race Cities). Over the past two Winston Cup seasons, Jay Ahuja traveled to racetracks across the country to get a fan’s perspective of the best places to see a race. He shares what he learned about every track, as well as hundreds of local attractions, restaurants, nightclubs, and hotels in Winston Cup cities nationwide. The author interviewed drivers, crewmembers, media folks, track officials, tourism directors, and everyday fans, as he put together this 290-page guide, complete with photos of each track. Also included are a number of “top twelve” lists throughout the book. These lists offer high praise for Richmond. Speed Dreams, published by Kensington Books, provides must-have phone numbers and Web site addresses, and helps fans score the best seats while avoiding the worst traffic jams. This easy-to-use book doesn’t pull any punches when evaluating the good, the bad, and the ugly of every NASCAR Winston Cup track. Speed Dreams is available at national book chains(RIR PR)(9-3-2002)
  • Get Into Racing Book: Now you can buy Mike Calinoff’s book “Get Into Racing” A Step-By-Step Guide and Workbook with Race Team Contacts. Chapters Include: Is a Career in Motorsports Really for You?; Where Do You Fit In?l Understanding the Sacrifices; The DO’s and DO-NOT’s of the Interview; How To Get Your Resume Noticed; Follow-Up Strategies; Salary Negotiation.
    Applicable to These Positions: Pit Crew Members; Marketing; Public Relations; Financial Positions; Mechanics; Fabricators; Management; Transport Drivers; Coach Drivers; Spotters; Administration; Journalism and Media.
    This book has only been available at the “Get Into Racing” Seminars and has received great reviews from those who have purchased it. Now, you can get a candid no-holds-barred look at what it really takes to get into professional motorsports. Written by 22-year motorsports veteran, Mike Calinoff, the book is a compilation of thoughts, ideas and tips from crew members who are working in the sport. More info at www.getintoracing.com.(8-28-2002)
  • New Book: Race With Destiny by David Poole (of ThatsRacin.com). The book is about one of the most significant junctures in NASCAR history — the final race of the 1992 season. Richard Petty retired, Jeff Gordon came into Winston Cup and Alan Kulwicki won the championship. Poole, one of the top writers in motorsports, does an especially good job covering the rise of Kulwicki — a bright, young independent racer — and his tragic death in a plane crash the year after he captured the title.(Tennessean)(5-30-2002)
  • Petty Book: An illustrated hardcover containing never-before-seen photographs of the first family of NASCAR. From Lee to Richard (the “King”) to Kyle to Adam, four generations of Pettys have raced. Kyle and Pattie have written this book (“The Petty Family Album”) to commemorate their son Adam, a promising NASCAR driver who was killed two years ago during a practice run. They are donating all proceeds from the book to Victory Junction Gang, a camp affiliated with Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Association for critically ill children and their families, which they are establishing in Adam’s honor.(5-24-2002)
  • More NASCAR Rock: on the heels of NBC’s Rock CD NASCAR: Full Throttle released late in 2001 (yes Jayski has it), Fox has one of their own, NASCAR on FOX brings your favorite race feature, NASCAR: Crank It Up. Fueled with new songs and rare tracks from some of rock’s most potent stars, in partnership with MCA Records, the NASCAR on FOX Crank It Up CD goes green. See the MUSIC section below for this and other ‘NASCAR’ CD’s.(5-22-2002)
  • More NASCAR Rock: on the heels of NBC’s Rock CD NASCAR: Full Throttle released late in 2001 (yes Jayski has it), Fox has one of their own, NASCAR on FOX brings your favorite race feature, NASCAR: Crank It Up. Fueled with new songs and rare tracks from some of rock’s most potent stars, in partnership with MCA Records, the NASCAR on FOX Crank It Up CD goes green. For more info, see the Fox Sports site.(5-22-2002)
  • National Anthem at Chicago: Multi-platinum recording artist Jo Dee Messina will perform a one-hour concert Sunday, July 14 prior to the NASCAR Winston Cup Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL. The concert will take place on the start/finish line and is scheduled to begin at 11:30am. In addition to the concert Messina will also perform the National Anthem before the start of the Tropicana 400. Warner Bros. Records and Curb Records have also announced a compilation CD, Inside Traxx, to be released on June 11 including country music artists Messina, Tim McGraw, Hank Williams Jr., Neal McCoy, Travis Tritt, Dwight Yoakam and many others. Messina will contribute her single “Dare to Dream” to the 14 song CD. Other aspects of the program include additional 2002 concerts at Winston Cup facilities with artists from Inside Traxx and an Inside Traxx die cast car series. All Founder PASS and Track Pack ticket holders are invited to the Chicagoland Speedway grandstands, at no additional cost, beginning at 8:00 am to enjoy the Jo Dee Messina pre race concert and other pre race festivities(Chicagoland Speedway)(7-9-2002)
  • Racing Wives Book: Liz Allison, who knows a little about it, provides some insight about racing relationships in her new book, “Racing Wives: The Women Behind the Sunday Drivers.” Allison was the wife of Winston Cup star and second-generation Alabama Gang member Davey Allison, who died while trying to land his helicopter at Talladega. The author has teamed with UMI Publications on this latest effort, her third book. She started work on it about a year ago. The work began in earnest after the 2001 racing season ended and her editors moved her deadline up early this year. A couple of prominent NASCAR wives aren’t in there, which is creating a little bit of a buzz about the book, no doubt to her delight and that of her publisher. Brooke Gordon, who last month filed for divorce from four-time Winston Cup champion Jeff Gordon, isn’t in there. Neither is Teresa Earnhardt. As for Earnhardt, “That was out of respect for her and what she was going through,” Allison says. She got word about her undertaking to the widow of seven-time champion Dale Earnardt, but didn’t push when she didn’t get a response. As for Brooke Gordon, Allison pushed a little. Enough that the former Miss Winston finally let her know that she didn’t want to participate “for personal reasons.” “I knew something was going on there, but I was still shocked when she filed,” said Allison, who now lives in Tennessee but remains plugged in with much of the NASCAR family in North Carolina. She’s got more than two dozen wives in her book and many have provided photos from their personal collections. So there are some images there that most of have never had the opportunity to see, which is kinda neat. The ABC TV news show “Downtown” interviewed Allison and several of the wives at Lowe’s Motor Speedway’s Speedway Club this week and plans to air a segment on them and the book April 17. “Racing Wives” is to be released later this month.(ThatsRacin.com)(4-5-2002)
  • NASCAR: A Celebration: Omnipresent images of Dale Earnhardt, his son, and other NASCAR champions from the cover of TV Guide to the headlines of seemingly every paper reflect the wild popularity of America’s fastest-growing sport. Fans come by the thousands to celebrate the speed, power, and state-of-the-art technology of the NASCAR races, the largest, most competitive and lucrative form of racing on earth.
    NASCAR: A Celebration begins in a hotel room in late 1940’s Florida where a group of bootleggers, mechanics, merchants and businessman gathered with one thing in common – they loved automobile racing. Lifelong NASCAR fan Bob Latford leads us from the story of the founding France family through the changes each decade brought to NASCAR to the giant televised NASCAR events of the late 90’s, with their massive corporate backing and an expanded international audience.
    This dramatic visual exploration presents action packed bios and photos of all the Great Drivers from Richard Petty, to Cale Yarborough, Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon, their victories and favorite cars, as well as an exciting look at the future of the promising young guns, and an exploration of the NASCAR teams and circuits.
    Behind the exciting story of racing heroes, Winston Cup winners, and unimaginable speeds, a broader narrative begins to emerge, of hard work, determination and a far-fetched dream that became a reality. Americans have always felt at home on the road. At the NASCAR races, from the dirt tracks to the super speedways of today, they’re just going a bit faster.
    NASCAR: A Celebration documents the amazing spectacle of stock-car racing, the ultimate merger of man and machine.
    BOB LATFORD has chronicled motor racing since its infancy. The one-time schoolmate of Bill France Jr. grew up to work as a publicist at the Darlington, Atlanta and Charlotte circuits and to devise a points system for both the Winston Cup series and the International Race of Champions series. He writes and publishes his own newsletter The Inside Line for automobile racing journalists and fans. NASCAR: A Celebration is published by Carlton Books and lists for $25.00 (hardcover)(4-18-2002)
  • Jeff Gordon Book Advance Worth $1.2 million: Four-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon was given a $1.2-million book advance by Viacom’s Simon & Schuster for his life story, according to the N.Y. Post. Mark Reiter of IMG brokered the deal, which is thought to have fetched the impressive sum thanks in part to the huge success of Driver #8, Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s bestseller.(Winston Cup Scene Newsletter)(4-5-2002)
  • Southern California Racing Books: Harold Osmer is an award-winning author of three books devoted to Southern California auto racing history. His classic Where They Raced is a prime reference for anyone interested in the historical significance of this sport. Also Saugus Speedway Scrapbook, Real Road Racing, and Irwindale Speedway event programs. For more info, see the HO Publishing Site.(4-5-2002)
  • Inside Cat Racing: If you enjoy NASCAR racing, you’ll love Inside Cat Racing – 2002, a new 40-page, full-color publication packed full of interesting and entertaining information illustrated by more than 75 professional photos. Learn how the team used the off-season to prepare for the 2002 championship chase, including the winning car for the 2002 Daytona 500. Look over the shoulders of team owner Bill Davis, driver Ward Burton, crew chief Tommy Baldwin and others who build the cars and serve on the pit crew of the Caterpillar® sponsored #22 Dodge Intrepid. For more info, see the www.insidecatracing.com site.(4-5-2002)
  • NASCAR Preview and Press Guide: UMI Publications, in cooperation with NASCAR, has released the Official 2002 NASCAR Preview and Press Guide. The 456-page magazine, credited as the largest preseason publication for any major sport in America, is packed full of feature stories, statistics, bios, team updates, track info, schedules, race recaps and more leading into the 2002 season. Weighing more than two pounds, the Official 2002 NASCAR Preview and Press Guide is the only preseason publication covering all 12 NASCAR Racing Series’ including the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, NASCAR Busch Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge. The Official 2002 NASCAR Preview and Press Guides retails for $9.95 and is available at all Wal-Mart locations nationwide, on newsstands everywhere and at UMIpub.com. A special edition track poster will be included with all press guides purchased at Wal-Mart. In addition to the Official 2002 NASCAR Preview and Press Guide, UMI Publications has produced the NASCAR Winston Cup Yearbook since 1988. The yearbook is a complete record of the NASCAR Winston Cup season and has been produced for every season dating back to 1973.(NASCAR PR)(2-7-2002)
  • Earnhardt Jr’s Book: Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s first book, Driver #8, is now available. It is a behind-the-scenes look at Dale Jr.’s rookie season in Winston Cup. The project which was was started long before his father’s tragic accident at Daytona last February, and offers a glimpse at how Dale Jr. coped with the pressures of starting his Cup career as a much-hyped rookie driver in 2000. Dale Jr., with assistance from team publicist Jade Gurss, describes his year race-by-race, including his dramatic victories at Texas, Richmond and at The Winston all-star race. It also details the frustrations of a poor second half of the 2000 season and what is involved in a Winston Cup driver’s life away from the track. The book will make its debut on the New York Times Best Sellers list on February 3. “Driver #8” is 16th on the Times non-fiction list following its first (partial) week of sales.(ThatsRacin.com).(1-25-2002)
    to order – DRIVER #8: Can be purchased online thru Amazon.com for $16.76 (list price is $23.95) click on Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Driver #8 or the Audio Book of Driver #8
  • Book Signings UPDATE: Deb Williams of Winston Cup Scene and Speed Channel, Monte Dutton of FasTrack and NASCAR historian Bob Latford are among the authors expected for a signing and public Q&A during “NASCAR Night” next Thursday [May 2nd] at Books-A-Million in Hampton, VA. Williams’ recent book on Ray Evernham, Dutton’s on Tony Stewart and Latford’s two on the history of NASCAR will be available, as well as two dozen other motorsports books. Drivers from Southampton, Langley and VMS at Saluda will be there with their cars and WBYM-1490 will broadcast from the store.(Daily Press).(4-26-2002)
  • StockcarToons is a collection of the weekly cartoons produced by Mike Smith, editorial cartoonist for the Las Vegas Sun. Since its start two and a half years ago, the StockcarToons have proven to be popular with NASCAR fans, crew members, sponsors and newspaper readers from across the country. StockcarToons appear in The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Nashville Tennessean, The St. Petersburg Times, The Detroit News, The Daytona Beach Morning Journal, The Orlando Sentinel, and The Washington Times. See above for a link to purchase the book(1-25-2002)
  • Busch Series Book: David Bull Publishing has come out with a new book, Rick Houston’s Second to None: The History of the NASCAR Busch Series. True fans of stock-car racing have known for years that the NASCAR Busch Series is every bit as competitive and colorful as the more famous Winston Cup circuit. That’s because many of today’s top Winston Cup drivers began their careers in the Busch Series, which has served as a training ground for racing talent since its origins as the Late Model Sportsman Series in the 1960s. And unlike the Winston Cup, where the pressures of money and the media rule, the Busch Series has retained much of the down home, close-knit atmosphere that made stock-car racing great in the first place. In the first comprehensive history of the Busch Series, author Rick Houston shows how its drivers, fans, and families have forged a deep tradition of their own. This beautifully illustrated book traces the beginnings of the series in the Sportsman class and reviews every season from 1982-2000. The line from early champions Jack Ingram and Sam Ard to more recent winners such as Bobby Labonte and Dale Earnhardt Jr. was seldom straight and never boring. Second To None goes beyond mere history to tell the inside story of each driver’s struggle to win in one of the most competitive venues in motorsports.(David Bull Publishing PR) to order see below(8-29-2001)
  • Nemechek Racing Book for Kids: To be sure, NASCAR racing attracts all ages. The speeds and sounds can be unbelievably exciting for adults and chilcken alike. Enter, driver Joe Nemachek. A veteran of both the Winston Cup Series and Busch Grand National circuit, Nemechek is promoting a children’s book about NASCAR racing as seen through the eyes of his young son, John Hunter. “Racin’ Buddies,” which recently went into circulation, takes its readers on the road with Nemechek and John Hunter as they travel the racing circuit. “There are so many young race fans, we tbought this would be a fun thing to do for them,” said Nemecbek. “Peter Roe was an integral part of the book’s production. If it is well received, he and John Hunter will be back hard at wwk putting out the next racing adventure.” The thee characters who play the role of John Hunter’s Racin’ Buddies are Woohoo, Dangit’ and Otto Miway. Each character comes to life during the racing action and is appropriately named for the role they play. “Woohoo is the good guy whose name everyone shouts when they come in first”(Kermish Geylin PR), see the Joe Nemechek site to buy the book(5-2-2001)
  • Cool Book UPDATE chapter about Jayski: The new book “Stock-Car Racing Lives” by Richard Sowers and published by David Bull Publishing(1-800-831-1758), was officially launched in a press conference today in Atlanta. Why do I mention this???? Because, JAYSKI, is a chapter in the book, along with NASCAR owners, drivers and other interesting people. Talks about how I started this site and why, many quotes and even a picture of Jayski. Plus since JAYSKI is losing his sponsor, Racing Champions, at this end of the 2000 season, the book couldn’t be coming out at a better time.
    The idea behind “Stock-Car Racing Lives” was to give fans a window into Winston Cup racing through the eyes of the people who make it go. There are 35 people in the book from every level of the sport, from superstars everyone knows, like Bobby Labonte and Richard Petty, to unknowns, such as a man who live in the back of his van and travels the circuit to polish the wheels of race-car haulers. One story invloves 2000 Winston Cup Champion, Bobby Labonte which recalls the story that at the time Labonte was hired to drive for Joe Gibbs Racing, the driver’s career was in jeopardy because of a thyroid disorder called Graves’ disease(That’s Racin’)(11-17-2000)
  • NASCAR Map and Atlas: at Sports Map/NASCAR Atlas. I just got one and it’s very nice, shows on each map where NASCAR sanctioned tracks are and something I could never find on my past atlas’s, the exact location of Loudon, NH. Nice and colorful, easy to read. Geared toward the NASCAR racing fan traveler(12-12-2000)
  • Riverside Book: Racing historian-photographer Dick Wallen has revived memories of the extraordinary events on the dusty, twisting road course with his book, “Riverside Raceway: Palace of Speed,” a 352-page history of the late, lamented track that was closed in 1989 to make way for a shopping mall. For 32 years, virtually every race car driver of note from all forms of motorsports performed on the track east of Riverside. From stock car racing’s Junior Johnson to Richard Petty to Dale Earnhardt, from sports car racing’s Phil Hill to Jimmy Clark to Mark Donohue, from Indy Car racing’s Parnelli Jones, Mario Andretti and A. J. Foyt to Rick Mears, from off-road racing’s Mickey Thompson to Walker Evans to Roger Mears, racing heroes of the era–Dan Gurney won in sports cars, Indy cars and stock cars–are chronicled. Only a limited number of books have been printed. They are available, at $100 for a hard-bound copy, or $125 for a deluxe edition with matching sleeve, from Dick Wallen’s Racing Classics, P.O. Box 10561, Glendale, Ariz., 85318-0561. Telephone orders: (623) 566-5578.(LA Times)(11-7-2000)
  • Great Stat Book: “The Complete Statistical History of Stock-Car Racing” by Richard Sowers – Info on “The Complete Statistical History of Stock-Car Racing”: Never before have NASCAR Winston Cup fans (or members of the media) had access to such a rich array of information presented with unusual flair. The book’s subtitle-Records, Streaks, Oddities, and Trivia-sums up the tremendous scope of information that author Richard Sowers presents.
    Beginning on page 19 the author recounts the book’s genesis and explains terms and definitions that make using its information a snap. Perhaps the most innovative feature of the book is the Performance Index, a rating system that allows direct comparison between NASCAR’s pioneers and drivers of the modern era. It provides surprising answers to such questions as: Was Fireball Roberts a better superspeedway driver than Dale Earnhardt?
    The Complete Statistical History of Stock-Car Racing is organized in three sections: 1. A comprehensive year-by-year review with essays on drivers and other subjects; 2. Driver resumes-statistical biographies of more than 400 top NASCAR drivers; 3. Complete NASCAR records and statistics on wins, poles, tracks, and much more.
    The book retails for $24.95 and is available in all major bookstores or by calling David Bull Publishing at 1-800-831-1758 or going to their website at www.bullpublishing.com.(10-2-2000)
  • New Book, Chapter about Jayski: The new book “Stock-Car Racing Lives” by Richard Sowers and published by David Bull Publishing(1-800-831-1758), was on QVC’s “For Race Fans Only” Friday night as an advance sale item. “For Race Fans Only” hosts Dan Hughes and Tim Bertoni are in the book. Terry Labonte also appeared on the show. The official launch for the book will be the Friday press conference at Atlanta 11/17. Why do I mention this???? Because, JAYSKI, is a chapter in the book, along with NASCAR owners, drivers and other interesting people. Plus since JAYSKI is losing his sponsor, Racing Champions, at this end of the 2000 season, the book couldn’t be coming out at a better time.
    The idea behind “Stock-Car Racing Lives” was to give fans a window into Winston Cup racing through the eyes of the people who make it go. There are 35 people in the book from every level of the sport, from superstars everyone knows, like Bobby Labonte and Richard Petty, to unknowns, such as a man who live in the back of his van and travels the circuit to polish the wheels of race-car haulers. In “Lives” you’ll meet competitors, team personnel, business people, journalists, NASCAR officials, track personnel, and much more. It’s this phenomenal cross-section of people and what they have to say that makes the book so interesting. Each profile presents the person in his or her own words, talking openly and honestly about about their experiences. It’s the first book of its kind and with beautiful photographs, it’s a fantastic read.
    Richard Sowers and David Bull Publishing also just recently released a great stat book, “The Complete Statistical History of Stock-Car Racing”, which I find quite helpful(11-3-2000)
  • Sponsorship Book: The popular book “Get Sponsored,” published in 1997 by The Action Group of Santa Ana, California is now available in a new “Millennium Edition.” The new edition includes updated material to help Motorsports teams and race drivers find corporate money for their programs, as well as new material on how getting sponsorship has changed with the advent of “The New Economy.”
    Written by former professional racer and sports marketing executive Charlie Hayes, “Get Sponsored, The Millennium Edition” offers a unique perspective: Hayes has been both a racer who sought and found sponsors for his own teams, and an executive who “worked the other side of the desk,” helping to place sponsorships for a company heavily involved in using Motorsports to market their products.
    Says Hayes: “The book is written BY a racer, FOR racers. My knowledge of what works and what doesn’t work, both from the point of view of a racer seeking sponsors AND a marketing manager helping decide who would get my company’s sponsorship, offers the serious Motorsports competitor a real edge in winning the race for funding. The huge growth of Motorsports sponsorship in the last decade opens up both challenges and opportunities for racers: On the one hand racing is a now fully accepted as a viable marketing method by corporations around the world. On the other hand, racers looking to get sponsored need a new and powerful approach to set themselves apart from their competition for the corporate dollar. My book offers sophisticate tools to help the racer meet the challenge and create unique ways to win the race for sponsorship money.”
    Priced at $59, plus $6.00 for postage and handling, the book is available from Ernie Saxton Communications, Inc. 1448 Hollywood Avenue, Langhorne, PA 19047. Telephone 215.752.7797, fax 215.752.1518 or e-mail [email protected]. All major credit cards accepted.(11-1-2000)
  • Street & Smith’s Sports Group has announced that American Racing Classics 2000, a collection of rescued stories from the out-of-print series American Racing Classics, will soon be available to NASCAR fans. In January, 1992, Griggs Publishing Co., then the publisher of NASCAR Winston Cup Scene and NASCAR Winston Cup Illustrated, launched the first edition of a project called American Racing Classics. It consisted of a series of hard-backed books, published quarterly. The books were intended to be a comprehensive history of NASCAR through stories and photos of its drivers, great races and significant events. Four editions of American Racing Classics were published in 1992, followed by just one each in 1993 and 1994. Then the series went out of publication.
    “With American Racing Classics out of print, interested NASCAR fans found it almost impossible to locate the full six-book series,” said Steve Waid, Street & Smith’s vice president for editorial development. “As the years passed, some fans discovered one or two volumes here and there. They liked what they saw and read and we at Street & Smith’s received many inquires about other volumes. We could only say American Racing Classics was out of print and gone forever.” This year, Street & Smith’s found, intact, materials that comprised several pieces from American Racing Classics. These pieces dated from the very first issue through the last. Material for the entire series was not recovered and never will be.
    However, Street & Smith’s managed to restore the rediscovered, original pieces of American Racing Classics and will present it in magazine form in a special, limited edition of American Racing Classics 2000. Found inside American Racing Classics 2000 are stories and photos of drivers who were stars of their day – like the late Tim Richmond and Pete Hamilton – and others who were no more than journeymen, like Buddy Arrington and the late Wendell Scott, the pioneer African-American competitor.
    Also, three events have been parts of NASCAR lore are included. They are the very first NASCAR race, the first Southern 500 and the 1979 Daytona 500. There are 12 original stories in all, complete with rare photographs. They will be presented as they were in American Racing Classics six to eight years ago. No changes have been made to the content or format. The 128-page American Racing Classics 2000 contains no advertising. Orders for American Racing Classics 2000 may be placed through Street & Smith’s Sports Gear at 1-800-380-7404 or by fax at 1-800-486-1513. The cost is $15.95 plus shipping and handling. I have the 1992 book and the 1994 book and they are excellent, good stories and great pictures
  • “Kid’s Guide to NASCAR” was written by Loren Mooney and editors Sherie Holder and Scott Gramling and is available in paperback at $3.99 at many bookstores. It can also be bought for $3.19 on the Web from Barnes & Noble (www.bn.com). Also available is the “Superstars of NASCAR Activity and Coloring Book,” which can be ordered from the same Web site for $10.95.