New York Times Speed Show

How NASCAR Won the Heart of America

New York Times

Dave Caldwell

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Daytona Beach, Florida, 2001. Sportswriter Dave Caldwell watches from the stands as a black Chevrolet pulls ahead in the final laps of the Daytona 500. In an instant, it's over. The car smashes into a wall at 175 miles an hour, killing one of stock car racing's most loved drivers. The death of Dale Earnhardt inspired an outpouring of grief, drawing new fans to the sport and driving NASCAR to the top of the sporting industry. From its roots during Prohibition to today's die-hard fans, Dave Caldwell weaves together his firsthand observations as a NASCAR reporter with excerpts from The New York Times archives to give readers an inside look at the spectacle that is America's new favorite pastime.

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Chapter One
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February 18, 2001
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"It's What We Do"
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The pack of stock cars, their engines growling, had circled the racetrack 199
times. Nearly half the cars still on the track had been crumpled in a
spectacular wreck that left skid marks on the pavement. It had been a long,
tough race. There was just one more lap—two and a half miles—to go.
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The Daytona 500 is the biggest stock car race there is, and about 175,000
people were at the track that sunny Sunday afternoon.

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Children's Literature
This is interesting in that it allows the reader to look for more information and to further their research without being relegated to books or Web sites. Speed Show makes a good nonfiction book for any library collection.
 
VOYA 
With plenty of text, ample photographs, and lots of information, this remarkable book will appeal to anyone, NASCAR fan or not.
 
School Library Journal
The book is well documented and enhanced by excellent color photos...Overall, this is a comprehensive look at the NASCAR phenomenon for beginners, and it has more than enough visual appeal to please longtime fans.

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Dave Caldwell

Dave Caldwell has worked as a correspondent for The New York Times since 2000, covering a variety of sports, including stock car racing, hockey, baseball, football, and basketball. He lives in New Jersey and has two sons.

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New York Times Speed Show
How NASCAR Won the Heart of America
Dave Caldwell

Hardcover

Hardcover
Kingfisher
October 2006
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780753460115
ISBN10: 0753460114
Middle-Grade Nonfiction
9 1/2 x 7 3/5 inches, 126 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up
$16.99
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