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Wide Open: Days And Nights On The Nascar Tour Hardcover – April 1, 1998


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  • Hardcover: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Diane Pub Co (April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075677750X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756777500
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,898,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Wide Open offers great insight into the lives of three of Nascar's not-as-big stars. It gives fans a look behind the scenes in the good times and bad, and shows what these guys go through to put on a show for the fans for 34 races a year. The best part in my opinion, is who the stories are about. Anyone can write about the hotshot racers in the series but to show what Dave Marcis and Brett Bodine do on and off the track to make the show in my opinion, is far more interesting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Eighinger on May 10, 2008
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This book is a race through the 1996 NASCAR Winston Cup season, mainly focusing on drivers Dave Marcis, Brett Bodine and Bobby Hamilton.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By burtnade@concentric.net on August 18, 1998
Format: Hardcover
It's much more fun to follow NASCAR now that I know the stories behind the racers and the events,and the history of the sport. This book is a fast, fun read! I've given this book as gifts with good results.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Amazing! A true page turner! I never imaged what a nascar driver goes through in a typical season. The book truely captures the essence of nascar. I will recommend this book to all my friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 1998
Format: Hardcover
'Wide open' gives you an up close and personal look into the lives of three NASCAR drivers. It allows you to feel the emotions felt by some of the drivers. You get a chance to know them personally and as a result you realize that they are real people with a heart. You are given a chance to see the business side of NASCAR, how it came to be and the men that made NASCAR what it is today. As you read, you will become so involved in the lives of our NASCAR ledgends that the thought of putting the book down is impossible. You will laugh and cry as you read. Once you've finished the book, you will have bonded with the heros of NASCAR racing. Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey J. Mulvihill Jr. on January 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a must if you are interested in NASCAR. I chose a group of books as research for starting a race team, this is one I chose. You will be in the scene of some of NASCAR Winston Cup teams for the year, the up's and down's the excitement and the heartache of a year behind owning, running and surviving the "Cup". Think you can handle a year in NASCAR? Read this to find out, it will change your perspective.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 24, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Assael has managed to write a truely readable book about a year in Nascar. I have never been a Nascar fan, nor did I know much about the sport, after reading this terrific book I now watch the races, read about the racers and keep a close eye on the championship standings.
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