For millions of racing fans worldwide, NASCAR’s potent brew of speed, daredevilry and burning rubber is reason enough to watch every race they can. This reason, among many others, is profiled in NASCAR (Gallery), a 192-page book that features an infectiously enthusiastic commentary by automobile journalist Steve Casper and photographs by race photographer Nigel Kinrade. The book is dominated by pictures, featuring at least one image on nearly every page, and yet manages to provide an overview of all 22 NASCAR racetracks as well as the sport's top cars and drivers. Fortunately, the book doesn’t stray into many technical details and instead, consistently focuses on the elemental appeal that NASCAR has for its fans. To this end, other chapters in the book include everything from a look at NASCAR’s origins and famous rivalries between drivers to pop quizzes and trivia. For example, did you know that a driver can lose anywhere from five to ten pounds of sweat during a race? While obviously designed for fans, this book is easy to read and accessible enough to attract the interest of even newcomers to stock car racing.
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The Inside Story of How Big Money Changed NASCAR
by Mark Yost
NASCAR fans with an interest in business history will enjoy this 320-page book, which examines how NASCAR grew into a multibillion-dollar business through profitable advertising deals with corporate sponsors.