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Though too few racing fans realize it, the NASCAR Winston Cup Series wouldn't be possible without the participation of a remarkable range of women. In NASCAR Women: At the Heart of Racing, author Denise Wood profiles a cross-section of women-from drivers' wives to top executives and team owners-who have been instrumental in making NASCAR America's biggest spectator sport. Wood, who played her own part as a racing journalist and team P.R. executive, tells the stories of 13 of NASCAR's most notable women. Among them:

* Stevie Waltrip, wife of three-time Winston Cup champion Darrell Waltrip, who fought to allow women into garages so they could support their husbands with timing, scoring, and fuel economy calculations.
* Deb Williams, one of NASCAR's first and most widely read female reporters
* Lesa France Kennedy, president of International Speedway Corporation, which owns and operates Daytona and 11 other NASCAR tracks.
* Gail Davis, who, with her husband, Bill, established a successful trucking company before starting their own teams in NASCAR's Busch and Winston Cup Series.

While each woman's story is unique, they all share a common theme-the struggle to win a position in a uniquely competitive environment that, until recently, was overwhelmingly dominated by men. NASCAR Women: At the Heart of Racing offers revealing insights and anecdotes about the sport and business of stock car racing, told through the voices of its unsung heroines.

About the Author

Denise Wood became involved with racing in 1989 as a journalist with The Richmond Times-Dispatch in Richmond, Virginia, and the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia. In 1995, she became a sponsor public relations representative for Sports Marketing Enterprises. Subsequently she has also done public relations work for RCA and Roush Racing.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: David Bull Pub (August 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893618315
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893618312
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,912,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been a NASCAR fan for years and know there are many other women like me who will enjoy reading this book about the important roles women now play in the racing world. And, not just as driver's wives. However, the insight into the lifestyles of those married to drivers is fascinating. From Katie Kenseth to Stevie Waltrip the old guard and the new "young guns" of the sport are all represented. The family photos included are a great punctuation in each of the stories of these women who really opened up to the author about intimate family details. If your're already a racing fan you are definitely gonna love it, and if you aren't, you will be after reading this book. It's not just about the guys anymore - even at NASCAR!
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I don't have interest in NASCAR but my husband does so I bought this book. It's great and tells us the feminine side of the story.. WOW
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This author definitely has a heart. Of all the books out there, Ms. Wood's book captures the essence of the women of America's number one spectator sport. I especially enjoyed reading the exerpt on Mrs. Kenseth. I am happy to see a down-to-earth couple lead NASCAR in 2004. The pictures are also nice. Sometimes we don't get to see the women behind the drivers on television. It seems as if they only select a certain group of people. This truly is a wide-scope representation of women in this sport. For any young woman looking for a career in NASCAR, this is a must read!!! If you offered six stars, I would definitely rate the book even higher. If you like NASCAR, read this book!!!!!!
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