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Growing Up NASCAR, Humpy Wheeler

You don’t have to be a NASCAR fan to enjoy this book but it will sure help. This $25 suggested retail book by Motorbooks is a real tell all by one of the sports most prolific promoters. Humpy Wheeler and Peter Golenbock have put together a real insiders look at what has been happening to NASCAR over the years.

There are some stories you have most certainly heard before if you watch any TV coverage of NASCAR but there are other insights that I am sure you have never heard before. You will also likely put the book down convinced that Humpy has a very high opinion of himself and if you believe everything you read he is more important to the sport than the France family. With the way things are going today in the NASCAR stands he may very well be right.

I always like to let you know what is in the Table of Contents and with this book if you like racing and glance at the Table of Contents you are going to read the entire book, so be fore warned.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: We Watched the Race Cars Go By

Chapter 2: the Scotch-Irish and the Segregated South

Chapter 3: Learning the Ropes

Chapter 4: Moonshine and Racing

Chapter 5: The Bobinwood Speedway

Chapter 6: Slick

Chapter 7: Witness to Disaster

Chapter 8: When the Rubber Meets the Road

Chapter 9: Big Bill France

Chapter 10: Ralph and the Indian

Chapter 11: Bobby Allison

Chapter 12: Junior Johnson

Chapter 13: Driving for Junior

Chapter 14: Curtis and Bruton Go Bust

Chapter 15: Hired to Run the Charlotte Motor Speedway

Chapter 16: Bruton and I

Chapter 17: Dirt Poor Dale

Chapter 18: Dale and Richard Childress

Chapter 19: Rick Hendrick Changes the Game

Chapter 20: Days of Thunder

Chapter 21: Alan Kulwicki’s Too Short Journey

Chapter 22: the All Star Race

Chapter 23: Robert Yates Knows Tragedy

Chapter 24: Bobby Allison’s Nightmare

Chapter 25: NASCAR and Bruton Go National

Chapter 26: Joe Gibbs and Dale Jarrett

Chapter 27: Jack Roush and Mark Martin

Chapter 28: The Death of Dale Earnhardt

Chapter 29: The Corporatization of Racing

Chapter 30: Good-Bye

Chapter 31: Racing of the Future

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I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at

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