- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (June 4, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0684830175
- ISBN-13: 978-0684830179
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,856,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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WHEELS: A Season on Nascar's Winston Cup Circuit Hardcover – June 4, 1997
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Paul Hemphill begins his exploration of the high-octane world of high-stakes stock car racing with an image of ominous clouds, and those clouds never fully lift, at least metaphorically. This is a sport going through serious growing pains. The more it's marketed and sold down the fast track of deep-pocketed sponsors, corporate logos, and media extravaganzas, the more it distances itself from its roots--think Southern lawmen chasing moonshiners--and the pure joys of competition. Corporate overload aside, Hemphill captures the excitement, the noise, and the thrill of racing almost viscerally. He's especially fascinating on stock car history, and his portraits of the drivers and their rivalries never idle.
From Library Journal
Stock-car racing is the fastest-growing U.S. spectator sport and has been the subject of several books in the last few years. Here, Hemphill (The Heart of the Game: The Education of a Minor-League Ballplayer, LJ 2/1/96) portrays the sport in the style of a novelist while reporting on the events of the 1996 racing season. The result makes good reading but provides little in the way of new information or even a new angle. Fry Gaillard's Kyle: At 200 mph (St. Martin's, 1993) and Peter Golenbock's American Zoom (LJ 7/93) both used first-person analysis to cover the subject. Hemphill's treatment of tobacco company sponsorship problems is informative and timely but, ultimately, this is a book for fans only. However, public libraries may find that they have many NASCAR fans among their patrons. For popular sports collections.?Eric C. Shoaf, Brown Univ. Lib., Providence, R.I.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a fantastic book and I loved every minute of it. Wheels is a book that has a adrenaline rush that keeps on going and going in till you have to stop reading the book. I loved how Paul made me fell like I was in the drivers seat the hole time it was great. This book is about a season of racing on the Winston Cup circuit. Wheels covers many race car drivers and it tells there story from when they were on the old dirt tracks to when they started driving professional. Some of the drivers that it covers are Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, Rusty Wallace, and Terry Labonte. The main driver that the book covers is Dale Earnhardt and he is a fantastic driver.
Earnhardt has a great personality. He is always making friends where ever he goes, it could be on the track or some where like his neighbors house. Dale had a wish that consisted of him beating Jeff Gordon in the points so he could win the Championship and it was a great part in the book. That particular moment in the book was my favorite because Paul had me on toes the whole time. Paul was explaining it like you were watching it right in front of your eyes.
I also like how Paul Hemphill included all the tracks and how he emphasized the good ones. The best track was Bristol Motor Speedway and it had a great race there. Paul included that Bristol was the shortest track on the circuit that was only a half mile long. He took us through all the bumps and turns and of course the wrecks. He also included the championship race that was at Daytona Speedway and it was the most exciting part of the whole season.
This as a fantastic book and I would recommend it to only the people that like sitting down watching a 500 lap race with a nice cold drink in one hand and the other one for throwing stuff ant the television.