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The author of Wide Open: Days and Nights on the NASCAR Tour takes his title from the acronym WFO, racing shorthand for a less clean version of "wide open"; to go WFO is to bring the hammer down. When conditions are right and the car feels good, a driver has a chance to go WFO--that is, if he has the skill and the guts. Going WFO in a 700-horsepower racecar, confined by a limited space and surrounded by 40 similar vehicles, is a relative concept, having more to do with the vehicle's performance and the driver's threshold for fear than anything else. This is the driving force behind stock car racing; it's a ludicrously dangerous sport that embodies everything Americans cherish: high risk, big money, and palpable thrills. Shaun Assael chronicles a year in the life of the people involved in the ever-moving caravan of Winston Cup racing. Following the fortunes of three drivers on the 1996 tour, he provides an up-close look at the tremendous mental, physical, and financial pressures that mount for the competitors of the world's biggest and fast-growing spectator sport. Wide Open is a fast-paced ride behind the scenes of the NASCAR tour. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
With its roots in the moonshine country of the Carolina hills, NASCAR racing has evolved into a multimillion-dollar business with an annual awards ceremony held at the Waldorf-Astoria and offices in New York City. NASCAR traces its beginning to 1947 when William France Sr. invited 35 race-track promoters to a meeting in Daytona Beach, Fla., and formed the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. As described by Assael, a writer for ESPN magazine, the sport grew steadily over the next several decades and was propelled into the big time in the early 1980s when the broadcast networks and various cable channels began to air stock-car racing on a regular basis. In his look at the world of NASCAR, Assael focuses on the 1996 Winston Cup tour and gives a vivid account of the brutal toll racing takes on drivers, crews and their families. The author gives a race-by-race account of the 1996 tour and notes that nearly every event features a "wreck" that injures at least one driver. In addition to the physical demands of the sport, Assael shows the pressures team owners face in trying to find sponsors who have the resources to back these expensive operations. Far from being a gossipy tell-all, this is a solid, exciting account of what is one of the most popular and fastest-growing sports in the country. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book is filled with minor errors (such as the misuse of certain racing terms) that shows Mr Assael is an author, not a fan. Read morePublished on April 6, 1999
It's great to have a book written by someone who doesn't have a vested interest in NASCAR.Published on December 30, 1998
When he arrived at Daytona International Speedway in February of 1996, Shaun Assael had no idea who to write about for his book Wide Open, Days And Nights On The NASCAR Tour. Read morePublished on August 23, 1998 by Michael Daly
A behind the scene look at NASCAR life on the road, the ups and downs of 3 full-time teams on the circuit. Read morePublished on April 9, 1998
to any true race fan,once you pick this book up you won't want to stop reading!you start to feel like you know the guys on tour as your reading this. Read morePublished on March 11, 1998 by email@example.com