Super Stock Rookie

Motor Novels

Will Weaver

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

After a couple of seasons of small-town racing, things are shifting into high gear for a young dirt-track driver with the skills to make it big. Trace Bonham has landed a corporate sponsor and a custom-built dream ride. But this means Trace can no longer pilot his dad’s Street Stock Chevy, and must let a new kid get behind the wheel. It also means having to turn his back on his hometown speedway, which his team leaders think is a hayseed operation not worth their time, even though it’s run by a girl who matters to Trace in a big way.

Filled with authentic race-car action and detail, Will Weaver’s fast-paced novel is the story of a boy struggling with the speed and demands of his own success.


Read an Excerpt

Trace Bonham’s phone beeped in his hand. NERVOUS YET? The text message was from Patrick, who was riding with Mel in her car.
NOT YET, Trace keyed back.
Trace and his dad, Don Bonham, rolled west on U.S. Highway 2 at seventy-plus. Right behind were Mel and friends in her white Toyota. Following Mel was Tyler, Trace’s pit man, alone in his Chevy pickup. Their destination: Trace’s Super Stock tryout at Rivers Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota. On both sides of the highway, flat fields shimmered in the July heat.
His phone beeped again. HOW ABOUT NOW?


Praise for Super Stock Rookie

“The novel is likely to appeal to youngsters who normally shy away from fiction.” —School Library Journal

“Weaver draws from his auto-racing experience to continue Trace’s story from Saturday Night Dirt (2008) and to bring to life the small-town, dirt-track racing world. Racing action, sharp dialogue and solid characterization make this a good bet for young sports fans.” —Kirkus Reviews

“There is no doubt that Weaver knows his way around stock cars, and he puts the reader in the middle of the action.” —VOYA

“Weaver offers outstanding descriptions of the races, putting readers in the center of the action.” —Booklist

Reviews from Goodreads



  • Will Weaver

  • WILL WEAVER has written numerous novels, including Defect, winner of the Minnesota Book Award for Young Adult Literature, and Full Service, a YALSA Best Book for Young Adults. Mr. Weaver lives in Bemidji, Minnesota, and is the owner of black No. 16, a Modified race car co-sponsored by Farrar, Straus and Giroux that races in the WISSOTA circuit in the Upper Midwest.
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Super Stock Rookie

Motor Novels

Will Weaver