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Shirley Muldowney's Tales from the Track Hardcover – March 1, 2005


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Bill Stephens spent 25 years as a major-market morning disc jockey before becoming involved in automotive television in 1989, hosting, writing, and producing such award-winning series as Wild About Wheels for the Discovery Channel and Wheels for PBS. He has appeared as a motorsports host and reporter on a variety of automotive programs seen on such networks as CBS, ABC, ESPN, TNN, and Speed. He is currently a member of the ESPN telecasting crew, which covers NHRA POWERade Drag Racing, and is a frequent contributor to ESPN.com, ESPN Radio, ESPN Magazine, Autoweek, and Drag Racer Magazine.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582611076
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582611075
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,599,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

I got this for my husband for Christmas It was a great suprise!
Melinda Lamond
This book is a must read for any drag racing fan interested in knowing the TRUE stories that come from one of the world's best ever drag racing champions.
Greg Zyla
It took some audacity to publish this book of Shirley Muldowney's recollections, in her own words.
Blidkin

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Greg Zyla on March 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must read for any drag racing fan interested in knowing the TRUE stories that come from one of the world's best ever drag racing champions. For those who know Shirley's background, you know she's a straight shooter and tells it the way she feels it is..most times right, sometimes not. She skillfully tells her story of what really happened in her career, from her struggles to gain entrance into a male dominated fuel racing society to becoming an NHRA champion.

All of the early days, from street racing to her first passes in real race cars, are cronicled in an easy to read format that does not allow putting the book down. Some of the best reading is when she "reviews" many, many personalities in the sport and tells how she felt about them, past and present. I've been priviledged to be a very small part of the drag racing scene, from announcing duties at Numidia Dragway in the Seventies to competing on the track with a low buck operation, and enjoyed many events where Shirley match raced at Numidia. Much of what she says is gospel, and when you decide to buy this book, buckle in your easy chair as Shirley takes you from start to finish in blazing style. She doens't cut any corners (of course not, she's a drag racer) and her feelings about how things were, how they are now, and how she encountered many drag racing "stars" will leave you feeling she's sitting right next to you telling you the way it is. If you wronged her, you get nailed in this book. If you treated her right, she also gives you credit. It's one of the best books we've read lately. You'll read about her TV appearance on Johnny Carson, years with Connie Kalitta, match race days, (much, much more) to her years of mending from her near fatal crash in Canada. Again, a must buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Perry J. Comeaux on June 5, 2008
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Looks like the people envolved with making this book made a concerted effort to not polish and "clean up" Shirley point of view. It gives you a real insight when you read between the lines about why Shirley was running around match racing while the rest of the NHRA superstars were racing in front of thousands and making tons of money. The whole book was about who she had problems with and why. Looks like she had a real inability to look at things from any one elses view point and realize that people are motivated by their own situation. Just because that may put them at odds with you doesn't mean they are bad people or as she puts it "need to change"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blidkin on October 30, 2009
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It took some audacity to publish this book of Shirley Muldowney's recollections, in her own words. I can't think of another drag racing document quite like it. If you have any interest in drag racing history and want to spend a few hours inside the mind of one of the greatest drag racers of all time, this book is a must. It hits like a tornado, and never lets up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melinda Lamond on January 5, 2011
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I got this for my husband for Christmas It was a great suprise! He enjoyed it, we had seen the movie but he liked the book better!! Easy to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Cummings on November 3, 2013
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The book came quickly and in great condition. If you are a fan of Cha- Cha this is a great
book to add to your collection
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