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Wide Open: Days And Nights On The Nascar Tour Hardcover – April, 1998
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Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Marcis is struggling just to make races, Bodine is dealing with sponsorship and family issues for the team he purchased from Junior Johnson and Hamilton is battling with his image as a guy who just can't get it done.
Assael goes in depth with each of the featured drivers through their struggles on and off the track. Richard Petty, team owner for Hamilton at the time, is also prominently featured in the book as he runs for public office.
Each driver seems to have a run-in with John Andretti during 1996, casting the former IndyCar jockey in a negative light. Robby Gordon and Ernie Irvan are also cast in a negative light.
Unfortunately, Assael was new to NASCAR at the time and it shows through glaring statistical errors throughout the book.
The book also takes a look at the various tracks and track owners on the circuit, including a history of North Wilkesboro which featured its last Cup race in 1996. Billionaire track owner Bruton Smith and his ventures are also an interesting tale, namely how he and New Hampshire International Speedway owner Bob Bahre took Wilkesboro off the schedule.
Overall, it was a good read and learning experience. Whether it be Marcis looking for an extra tenth of a second or Hamilton dropping an F-Bomb, every chapter was enjoying.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 firstname.lastname@example.org