The Wildest Ride

The Wildest Ride

You dont have to be a NASCAR fan to have taken notice of the overwhelming media coverage this past February of a driver named Dale Earnhardt. Most Americans had heard of this man many call a legend, and if you happened to be a fan of stock car racing, you probably had a strong opinion about him, good or bad.

But what may have surprised many, including the NASCAR organization itself, was the tremendous respect and grief shown throughout the country for days and weeks toward a man who represented a rags-to-riches industry.

This book is not a biography of the Intimidator, however, but a history of the National Association of Stock Car Racing that helped make Earnhardt one of its best representatives.

Before reading this book, my limited knowledge of NASCARs history came from three sources: My husband, who let me in on the fact that stock car racing evolved from good ol Southern boys hauling moonshine and often having to outrun government officials; the NASCAR Cafe in Nashville, where I read captions under photographs about some man named Bill France and how races used to actually be run on the beach at Daytona; and from race car drivers

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