Stock car racing got its start during the Great Depression, with drivers competing on dusty dirt tracks in front of small crowds and for scant prize money. How times have changed. The sport embodied in the juggernaut that is NASCAR now reaches into every corner of America, claims fans of all stripes, and fills the largest sports venues in the country weekend after noisy weekend. This is the story told in NASCAR: Yesterday & Today, part of Publications International s Yesterday & Today series of definitive sports histories. The book, written by the auto editors of Consumer Guide with a foreword by racing legend Darrell Waltrip, features hundreds of original photographs and comprehensive descriptions of:
The drivers. From early legends like Red Byron, Marshall Teague, Fonty Flock, and Tim Flock to modern dominators like Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Sr., and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
The cars. Starting with the modified prewar coupes of NASCAR s early races to today s high-tech automotive experiments.
The tracks. Spectacular then-and-now photographs of the courses that have witnessed history.
The events. From the days when Daytona meant a race literally on Daytona Beach to Jimmie Johnson s stylish burnout in front of the Wynn Hotel on the Las Vegas strip during Champions Week 2009.
Throughout the book we also learn the story of the France family specifically Big Bill, Little Bill, and Brian who steered NASCAR into the hearts of racing fans over the course of seven decades. For the NASCAR enthusiast, there is no better, more readable and enjoyable history than NASCAR: Yesterday & Today.
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The Auto Editors of Consumer Guide have a combined 150 years of automotive-industry experience. Coming from backgrounds including auto sales, repair, marketing, and design, the Consumer Guide staff road tests and evaluates more than 100 new vehicles annually. The Auto Editors of Consumer Guide also produce several hard-cover publications each year as well as the award-winning old-car bimonthly Collectible Automobile.
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