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Dale Earnhardt, Jr is the son of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt. He is only 27 years old and one of the most talented drivers in the sport. Jade Gurss is a publicist and freelance journalist. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Whether you're talking about father or son, the name Dale Earnhardt IS NASCAR. DRIVER #8 is Dale, Jr.'s, story--telling of how he reached the pantheon of auto racing. David Thomas's reading fits the author and his story well. His Southern voice and down-home charm recount how Dale, Jr., handled growing up amid his father's fame and how he worked to create his own identity. This book is not just for fans. It's an easy listen about auto racing and its personalities, who have more impact on popular culture than spectators might imagine. D.J.S. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Vision (December 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446612502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446612500
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,217,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D. Rothmeyer on January 27, 2002
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As a Dale Jr. fan I'd read anything he does but this is simply a well written piece of work. He may be a youngster in the sport but Dale Jr. can write with a maturity while still maintaining his youthfull sense of style and humor. Although those that don't follow races every week may not understand some things he talks about or find the summary of races a bit boring....NASCAR fans will enjoy getting a behind the scenes feel for what drivers and their crew go through week after week, be it the thrill of victory or the low points after a heartbreaking bad day. I especially loved Dale's honesty about the things he does off the track, like the appearances he makes, how he feels about them and the fun he has with friends at Club E. After reading this book I'd give anything to see Dale at Halloween as "Dirk Diggler".....what a hoot!!
DON'T get this book if you are looking for a "life story" about his childhood or a biography about Dale's life after losing his dad. Although he touches on it in the Epilogue, this is a book about Dale JR, not SR and as Jr says in the beginning, that book may be coming years down the road.
I'm proud to be a fan of one of NASCAR's rising stars and this book will make the upcoming 2002 season all the more enjoyable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Samantha M. Hagler on January 22, 2002
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One word......AWESOME!!! Dale Jr. takes on a wild ride through his rookie season running with the Big Dogs in the Winston Cup. Not only does he give us an insider view of what happens on race day, he takes us behind the wall and gives us a look at a driver off the track. This is the closest I've felt to the real life of the guys I watch on Sunday. Driver #8 is a great read full of emotional highs and lows. I found myself laughing in some segments and nearly crying in others. Even if you aren't a fan of Dale Jr., I encourage you to read this book. You'll have a whole new respect for what these fellows do and a whole new respect for them as people.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Roth on March 11, 2002
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I was excited to read this book...it is written as if Dale Jr. was talking right to you. It is plain written and does not "juice up" anything to make the story line more exciting. The book goes through his rookie season of 2000, race by race. He speaks about race car set up, run in's with fans, the media, actions taken on the track during a race, and what is was like to race with his father. The book also gives a small glimpse into his personal life as far as an overview of his years growing up and the things that he encountered. I was so hoping for more intimate details of romance in his life...or things about women that he has dated. He mentions this particular subject with regards to the "Bud" girls and a few others but that is it. He is truly a party type guy and speaks often in the book about being drunk/hung over and "hanging out with friends." He does not give specific details about partying or going out though. If you are a race fan then this book will be enjoyable. I found myself skipping some of the minute by minute race recap though. So I was jumping around through the book...which you can easily do...especially if you remember the 2000 season. And that is exactly what the book is about (no mention of his father's death in retrospect or anything like that). There is an epilouge included at the end of the book that reflects on his father's death and the Pepsi 400 in 2001. Junior talks about that special victory and what it meant to him. I feel like I know this driver better. He is a typical 26 year old man that is good at driving stock cars and has been thrust into the limelight because of a very famous father. He likes to drink beer, play video games and hang out with friends. And that is as deep as it gets (or at least as deep as this book gets).Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By George R. Grayson on January 24, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Dale Jr. and Jade have hit the nail on the head with this book. I feel it brings the reader to the point of actually being in the pits and the car during a race season. I found this book to be a very fast read, I couldn't put it down. Thank you Dale Jr and Jade for the well written book. Run for the Championship in 2002. Hope to see you at the head table in New York.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By emt0402 on January 21, 2002
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I don't know how to describe this book, unless to say it describes Earnhardt Jr. I didn't realize what a talent he had for writing and I am glad he opened his life up, in his owns words. Not really a biography, "Driver #8" follows Jr. throughout his first year in Winston Cup. He talks about how he felt during a particular race, how it feels to deal with the media, and just in general what it is like in his day to day life.
I know, like any race fan, that Earhardt Jr. has a real talent for racing. This book proves that his talents reach far beyond the racetrack (not that I ever though otherwise), as well. Opening himself up and sometimes showing a different side, this book gave me a real idea of how he feels. This is a must own for any Jr. fan, or maybe just anyone who enjoys a little something different. One caution, if you are looking for a real in depth view of his life outside and before NASCAR, this isn't it. But don't let that fool you about how much it shows.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Murphy on January 21, 2002
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Driver #8 is an excellently written book. The driver details his rookie season with so much feeling and description you feel the joy and pain right along with him the entire way. The end of the book is summed up with the Daytona 500 of last Feburary. Throughout the book you see this soon to be driving icon as more than an athlete, he's a person that anyone would love to know and be around. This is a book for anyone, racing lovers or haters.
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