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DW: A Lifetime Going Around in Circles Hardcover – Bargain Price, February 9, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Pub Group, E Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.A.; Illustrated. edition (February 9, 2004)
  • ISBN-10: 0399151532
  • ASIN: B000C4SGKU
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,574,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Describing a life spent in a NASCAR driver's seat, Waltrip steers a straightforward course from his life as a grade-school go-cart champion through a gifted yet crash-prone upstart driver to 84 NASCAR victories. Full of the same bravado and confidence that made him a natural driver and NASCAR's biggest villain, Waltrip tells his story just as he raced: all out. Though his need to prove his worth still leads him to put his foot in his mouth now and again, more often than not he is candid enough to acknowledge when he was good, bad, scared or dumb. NASCAR fans will have flashbacks when he conjures up his memories of his highs (the 1989 Daytona 500) and lows (crashing three times at Daytona). He does take the time to open up the world of NASCAR to nonfans; he gives an informative overview of NASCAR's growth from some good ol' boys in the South to a sporting and cultural phenomenon that has put down roots in the entire nation. Having been through the sport's formative years, Waltrip (who is now a commentator for Fox NASCAR coverage) also shares stories of some of NASCAR's greats from Petty to Gordon. His feelings about the fans embracing him later in his career and his honesty about his lack of success in his last years behind the wheel spotlights the bittersweet retirement of an athlete who continued past his prime. Appropriately, this strong finish is representative of Waltrip, whose book, like his career, has its ups and down and will end up being embraced by racing fans.
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There's never a slow moment...A nitty-gritty, behind-the-scenes peek at the personalities and peculiarities of racing. -- Charlotte Observer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I strongly recommend all race fans read!
Mariner78
A lot of this is in the book , with some witty outlooks on life and the pursuit of dreams.
Chet Ragsdale
On the positive side the book is an easy read and Waltrip and accomplished storyteller.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "bgrimpe" on February 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Darrell Waltrip is known today as the "Boogity, Boogity, Boogity" guy on Fox Sports who opens every race with those famous three words. However, back in the 70's and 80's, he was an aggressive driver on the NASCAR circuit who was feared by drivers and hated by fans. Over time, he won over the hearts of many and is now one of the most recognizeable faces in the NASCAR family. This book gives the reader an inside look into his career and life which has been anything but boring. This is a wonderful and exciting book that brings the reader into the great races of old and shows the reader why "DW" is one of NASCAR's most colorful and likeable personalities. A great read for any racing fan.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chet Ragsdale VINE VOICE on February 28, 2004
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I have a couple of moments in NASCAR history that stand out to me, as a fan, more than any others...I guess #1 would be that infamous day when Bobby and Donnie Allison and Cale Yarborough got into it, then there was Davey Allison's tragic death...well actually I have a lot of memories, but right up at THE TOP with all of them is DW doing the icky shuffle after winning the Daytona 500. These things solidified my love of the sport and Darrell Waltrip. A lot of this is in the book , with some witty outlooks on life and the pursuit of dreams. DW tells about his beginnings, his hometown life, and of course his love of racing. The book is great, and provides a lot of insight into the man, as well as the world of NASCAR. A GREAT book, i rate it right up there with Junior Johnson's bio. If you are a racing fan, more importantly, a NASCAR fan this is required reading, if you just have a passing interest...read this, it may change you.
1/19/2012: Congratulations to DW for making the Nascar Hall of Fame!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KIMBERLY A DUMBAULD on March 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
THIS BOOK IS EXCELLENT FROM START TO FINISH. I AM A DARRELL WALTRIP FAN AND HAVE BEEN SINCE 1989 WHEN I STARTED WATCHING RACING. I DID NOT GET TO SEE HIM WIN THREE CHAMPIONSHIPS. READING THIS BOOK IS THE NEXT BEST THING. I LEARNED A LOT ABOUT THOSE YEARS AND SOME THINGS ABOUT THE TIME FROM 1989 ON THAT I DIDN'T KNOW!
EVEN IF DW IS NOT YOUR FAVORITE DRIVER YOU WILL ENJOY THIS BOOK. IT IS VERY ENTERTAINING. DW HAS SOME GREAT STORIES TO TELL IN THIS BOOK!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ebay's Modor1 on March 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Darrell Waltrip; successfully driver; annoying FOX-TV commentator tells his story in "A Lifetime Going Around in Circles".

I find that the information is provided in a haphazard manner; and occasionally appears out-of-chronological order. The end-of-chapter segments, "Oh...by the way" seem misplaced; and serve only as placeholders.

Overall; "Jaws" does a successful job of illustrating his racing career.
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