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Sunday money : speed! lust! madness! death! : a hot lap around America with NASCAR

Author: Jeff MacGregor; Olya Evanitsky
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2006, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Harper Perennial edView all editions and formats
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NASCAR racing, once considered no more than a regional circuit of moon shiners pounding around low-country dirt tracks in a cloud of red dust and clich, has somehow become the fastest-growing spectator sport in America -- and the buxom, bumpkin darling of Madison Avenue. With 75 million fans and its popularity soaring in every corner of the country, NASCAR is a 200-mile-an-hour traveling tent-and-revival show, a  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeff MacGregor; Olya Evanitsky
ISBN: 0060094729 9780060094720
OCLC Number: 68001962
Description: xiv, 370, 16 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Jeff MacGregor ; photographs by Olya Evanitsky.

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NASCAR racing, once considered no more than a regional circuit of moon shiners pounding around low-country dirt tracks in a cloud of red dust and clich, has somehow become the fastest-growing spectator sport in America -- and the buxom, bumpkin darling of Madison Avenue. With 75 million fans and its popularity soaring in every corner of the country, NASCAR is a 200-mile-an-hour traveling tent-and-revival show, a platinum-plated, multibillion-dollar V-8 hero machine -- a sports entertainment empire built at the very crossroads of pop culture, corporate commerce, and American mythology. Smart, funny, and profane, Sunday Money is the kaleidoscopic account of an entire season on the NASCAR circuit. Driving 48,000 miles in a tiny motor home, writer Jeff MacGregor and his wife, an award-winning photographer, covered 36 races at 23 tracks in 18 states, from Daytona to Darlington, New Hampshire to California, from the Wal-Mart to the Waldorf, profiling the lives of superstar drivers like Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart, their crews, and their fans, across the grinding reach of a 40-week season. But this is not just a behind-the-scenes chronicle of America's loudest pastime. It is the story of a hundred stories; of red states and blue, of splendid Rebel lizards and golden Yankee hot shots, of mystic true believers and their holy roll of honored ghosts. In the tradition of On the Road, Travels with Charley, and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Sunday Money is a snapshot of American culture -- of race, religion, class, sex, money, politics, and fame -- taken from the window of a moving car, a brilliantly observed, keenly rendered, and darkly comic portrait of America. An all-encompassing survey of a year spent on the NASCAR circuit documents the author's 48,000-mile, eleven-month tour of America, during which he and his photographer wife documented the sport's significant growth as well as its reflection of American pop culture and commerce.

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