- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Motorbooks; First edition (March 15, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0760337756
- ISBN-13: 978-0760337752
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #943,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Growing Up NASCAR: Racing's Most Outrageous Promoter Tells All Hardcover – March 15, 2010
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Bristol Herald Courier, March 19, 2010
“With the assistance of author Peter Golenbock, Wheeler’s recently traced his colorful life and career in the book Growing Up NASCAR: Racing's Most Outrageous Promoter Tells All. From grimy dirt tracks to lavish
superspeedways, Wheeler feels there are five essential elements for attracting and retaining fans to motorsports.”
Gaston Gazette, March 26, 2010
“Wheeler’s stories of growing up in Belmont, his mother’s store in Gastonia and his maternal grandparents’ home in Bessemer lend a strong Gaston County flavor to the book. It explores his days at Robinwood Speedway.
Wheeler describes his role as a young promoter fresh out of college and the exploits of such Gastonia drivers as the Cooper Brothers, Jim Dimeo, Harold Dunnaway and others who created dynamic action at what he said
was the best quarter-mile track ever built.”
“Truly a fun, entertaining book, it also gives some good insights into the man and the personality behind what we’ve all seen in races.” – SpeedWeekly.net
About the Author
In 1947, when Humpy Wheeler was nine years old, he put his thumb out on Highway 29 and hitched a ride to the Charlotte Speedway. Since then, Humpy has held just about every job there is in NASCAR. The consummate promoter, Humpy invented the pre-race show.
Peter Golenbock has been writing books about sports since 1975. Some of his best sellers are Dynasty, The Bronx Zoo (with Sparky Lyle), Number 1 (with Billy Martin), and Balls (with Greg Nettles.) He has also written a series of NASCAR histories including American Zoom, The Last Lap, and NASCAR Confidential.
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I'd love to read what he CAN'T put into a book;he's probably got some first-hand tales that would provide him a luxurious lifestyle off the blackmail proceeds! This man could sell popsicles in the Arctic.The front cover perfectly captures his 'promoter extraordinaire' persona.
If you're looking for an entertaining historical overview of stock car racing
and some of the personalities,the book is well-worth the money.
it is very well written and and the most entertaining book I have read in a
long time. This book is filled with personal stories about all of the legendary
people who made NASCAR the popular sport it is today! Humpy is a natural born
story teller, a modern day "MARK TWAIN"