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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 3 edition (February 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470430680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470430682
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #472,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Like its teammates in the Dummies series, NASCAR for Dummies is cleverly organized and clearly focused. Winston Cup Series driver Mark Martin is in the driver's seat, providing a speedy tour through America's fastest-growing sport. In typical Dummies style, NASCAR for Dummies is filled with fun stuff such as lists of the 10 greatest drivers of all time, the 10 can't-miss races, and 10 future stars. It also contains plenty of information--from what NASCAR stands for and what makes a stock car a stock car to the rules of Pit Road and quick overviews of the 21 racetracks that host Winston Cup Series races. There's even good, practical advice about attending races (secure lodging well in advance, decide between infield and grandstand tickets, etc.) and pointers on how to best appreciate the televised races. After reading this book, you'll have no trouble qualifying as a NASCAR fan. --Sunny Delaney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Expert tips for spectators, from where to sit and what to watch to picking a winner and getting the best deals on souvenirs.

Complete coverage of NASCAR Winston Cup series tracks -- with Mark Martin's top track picks.

An inside look at the business of stock car racing, from snagging sponsors to logging the best licensing deals.

Exciting personal anecdotes and racing stories from veteran driver Mark Martin.

16 pages of full-color photos that capture the excitement. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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This book was well written and very easy to understand.
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NASCAR for Dummies is definitely a "must read" for any NASCAR fan.
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She is so excited to have the book she is like a little kid at Christmas!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Vincent J Pia on January 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
NASCAR for Dummies is definitely a "must read" for any NASCAR fan. It is the perfect book for those who are new to NASCAR... and is packed with information which even a veteran fan will appreciate.
You'll find in-depth information about a variety of topics, from car tech to how qualifying works... from how points are awarded to what some of the rules and regulations are. You'll find information about all of the different NASCAR Series, how sponsorship works, how to contact your favorite driver - or even get an autograph. There's even advice and tips for attending races in person.
The book is also loaded with NASCAR stats on different drivers, tracks and some of the sports history.
The best part about this book is that it is not written by a bystander, rather, it is written by one of the top drivers in the sport. Mark Martin is able to provide you with a view of NASCAR which I have not seen in any other book thus far.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By David A. Baer VINE VOICE on September 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
My boss once jokingly told that's what NASCAR is about: turn left and hit the gas.

Then I went to the Alllstate 400 at the Brickyard and now I've read Mark Martin's NASCAR FOR DUMMIES. It's looking a little more complicated than fast left turns.

The author's enthusiasm for the sport of NASCAR racing is contagious. As the driver of the Viagra-sponsored car #6 in the Nextel Cup series, he ought to know what he's talking about from the inside out and about 188 mph.

Chapter 1 ('NASCAR Racing-the best sport around', pp. 9-24) tells you how men (well, mostly men) driving cars that look vaguely like your father's Taurus ended up racing them around oval tracks in front of millions of spectators and television viewers and why you couldn't possibly not be excited about this. Like most professional sports, NASCAR has acquired corporate sponsors. It is arguably the most logo-plastered sport in the world, a fact that Martin explores in 'The Big Business of NASCAR' (ch. 2, pp. 25-34). Martin convinces you that that's a good thing, and before you know it, you know the primary car sponsors as well as the drivers and their car numbers.

The rest of the book takes you from zero to sixty in a fairly easy stretch of reading. If, like me, you started this book after attending a race or two and just getting at toe-hold on the sport, you won't end up an expert. But you'll be in good shape to understand the basics of every major area of the sport and to learn more as your exposure grows.

Mark Martin is not a great writer, but you don't buy the Dummies series for great writing. You buy Tolstoy if you want great writing.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By wjo4244 on February 13, 2000
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Mark is an awesome driver and now he's written an awesome book! I've been a NASCAR fan for several years and this book helps answer some of the questions I've had about the sport. Mark gives info on tracks, drivers, rules and how a stock car runs. I recommend this book to all NASCAR fans, male or female, those new to the sport or those who have been following it for years. GO MARK!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer A. Eblin on June 1, 2007
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I bought this book in 2004 when I first started getting into Nascar, and even back then it was a little outdated. Now, with all the changes in rules and even teams, its more than "a little outdated". One of the chapters includes a list of drivers to watch for in the future, including Champion Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Junior along with some drivers who barely race now. Even the information on tracks is past tense by now. For instance, we went to Lowe's Motor Speedway and followed his information on where race shops were located, only to discover that 90% of those had moved to different cities/locations. There are some basics in here that the newbie might appreciate, but be warned that it isn't up to date.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
As a die-hard NASCAR fan since 1984 I hate to admit all the things that I learned from this book.
This book is great at explaining the NASCAR scoring system and how the purse is divided not to mention all these bonuses that are available even if you have the best finish using a brand of motor oil.
This is a must buy book for old and new NASCAR fans.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steve L on October 12, 2005
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I wanted to learn about NASCAR and knew nothing about it... and this book did a good job of introducing it to me. My one complaint is it doesn't talk enough about what's going on in the actual races, and I still feel a little lost about what exactly is happening on the track, how exactly the race works, and what specific strategies the drivers are using. A little more on the actual racing and this book would've been perfect. But it's still an excellent intro if you're looking to learn about the sport.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Vane on April 24, 2000
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Have you every wondered what really goes into putting together a winning stock car team? Mark Martin does a superb job of including everything from what a restrictor plate looks like to driving and pitting techninques. And, he adds his own insight to the sport with interesting anecdotes and war stories. A must for anyone even remotely interested in motorsports!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Parker on July 17, 2006
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I am a new fan to NASCAR and I already know more than most longtime fans thanks to this book. It is written by Mark Martin, so you know it has lots of "insider" info. Even though Martin has been in the business for a long time, he wrote in a way that made it easy for me to understand, even with my limited knowledge. I enjoy watching NASCAR races every weekend even more because I actually know what's going on! I now know what a track bar is and what happens when you put a "rubber" in the right rear. Before reading this book, I would have been pretty sure that was obscene! You will enjoy reading this book but you also be able to keep it around for reference when you want to learn more about a particular track or adjustments being made on pit road. I highly recommend this book to a new fan or the most diehard fan out there.
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