The Great American Gamble

The Great American Gamble

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qOne of NASCAR's greatest stories is brought to life in this meticulous, highly entertaining replay of the day that changed everything for the sport.q a€”Lars Anderson, Sports Illustrated qJoe Menzer has done an excellent job in telling the story of one ofNASCAR's most important races, a tale that includes the vibrant storiesof the cast of characters who participated.q a€”Mike Hembree, NASCAR Scene qA magnificent book, one that should be in the library of every diehard race fan.q a€”Jerry Bonkowski, National NASCAR columnist, Yahoo! Sports and on-air personality, Sirius NASCAR Radio It could so easilyhave been a disaster . . . Everyone knew it, from CBS executives and owners of local CBS affiliates to NASCAR founder Big Bill French to driver and NASCAR booster Darrell Waltrip. If anything went wrong with the first-ever live, start-to-finishbroadcast of America's premier stock car race, a lot of people were going to lose a lot of money. It would also be the last-ever live broadcast of a NASCAR event. The Great American Gamble tells the gripping tale of the event that instead made NASCAR the multibillion dollar powerhouse it is today: the 1979 Daytona 500. Based on new interviews with all the major drivers in the race andothers involved, including Richard Petty, crew chief Dale Inman andKyle Petty, Bobby Allison and Donnie Allison, Cale Yarborough, BennyParsons, Junior Johnson, Buddy Baker, Darrell Waltrip, A. J. Foyt, Ned Jarrett, Humpy Wheeler, Ken Squier, Richard Childress, Jim Hunter, David Pearson, Doug Rice, Ricky Rudd, Geoffrey Bodine, Sterling Marlin, Marvin Panch, Leonard Wood, Eddie Wood, Larry McClure, and Michael Waltrip, this is the ultimate, high-octane account of the most important race inNASCAR history.How the 1979 Daytona 500 Gave Birth to a NASCAR Nation Joe Menzer. ARCA races. He was content enough with that for a while, although he still yearned for another shot at the big time. His next chance came in December 1967 when he was invited to a party by Ford, where much to his surprise he ... Youa#39;d have to go down to Charlotte and pick up the car. ... from thecar and throw it in my truck andsay, a#39;Here you go, a#39;a€ Parsons said. He wasna#39;t sure what to make of it. Orwhat to do.

Title:The Great American Gamble
Author:Joe Menzer
Publisher:John Wiley & Sons - 2008-12-22


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