NASCAR's Greatest Race

The 1992 Hooters 500

Author: Rick Houston

Publisher: CarTech Inc

ISBN: 1613252854

Category: Transportation

Page: 224

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Few races have captured the imagination of racing fans as the 1992 Hooters 500 held at Atlanta Motor Speedway. On November 15, 1992, the entire NASCAR racing community tuned in to watch as six drivers strapped in for a chance to win the NASCAR Winston Cup. And what a race it was. Heading into Atlanta, Davey Allison, Bill Elliott, and Alan Kulwicki each had a real shot at winning the Championship. On the track, Allison was in and out of contention until trouble found him, which left Elliott and Kulwicki to race for the title in a nail-biting finale. And who could have imagined that a young Jeff Gordon would take the handoff from Richard Petty on this day. Author Rick Houston has gathered new interviews from Bill Elliott, Paul Andrews, Larry McReynolds, Ray Evernham, Rick Mast, Brett Bodine, Kyle Petty, and Tim Brewer. They all give fresh recollections and new information on the events leading up to and including the 1992 Hooters 500. With NASCAR’s Greatest Race: The 1992 Hooters 500, readers can relive the closest championship contest in NASCAR history to that point. All while learning new details on how the entire season culminated into a single lap to determine the title!

Dale vs. Daytona

The Intimidator's Quest to Win the Great American Race

Author: Rick Houston

Publisher: CarTech Inc

ISBN: 1613253338

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

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Dale Earnhardt and Daytona International Speedway remain two of the most iconic names in the history of NASCAR, and are inevitably connected when either name is mentioned. Earnhardt's failed attempts to win the race have become folklore; each year brought its own unique set of circumstances for why he hadn't yet raised the Harley J. Earl Trophy. Dale Earnhardt’s résumé heading into the 1998 Daytona 500 read as follows: 7 NASCAR Championships, 70 Winston Cup wins, and 30 wins at Daytona International Speedway. So what was left for Dale to accomplish at Daytona? Win the Daytona 500! Author Rick Houston examines every Daytona 500 in which Dale competed from 1979 to 2001 with fresh interviews from crew chiefs Doug Richert, Kirk Shelmerdine, Andy Petree, Bobby Hutchens, Larry McReynolds, and Kevin Hamlin. Competitors, rivals, crewmembers, and friends (including Bill Elliott, Sterling Marlin, Ken Schrader, Geoff Bodine, Darrell Waltrip, Danny "Chocolate" Myers, Greg Moore, Derrike Cope, and Junior Johnson) also offer their thoughts and recollections in this thrilling year-by-year recap of the Intimidator’s efforts to win the Great American Race. Never before have Dale's attempts to win the Daytona 500 been chronicled in one publication with this amount of detail and under such intense scrutiny. From the Dale and Dale show, to the seagull, to the last-lap heartaches, you ride shotgun with Rick Houston as he takes you around-and-around in Dale vs. Daytona: The Intimidator's Quest to Conquer the Great American Race!

NASCAR Greatest Races

The 25 Most Thrilling Races in NASCAR History

Author: Tom Higgins

Publisher: HarperEntertainment

ISBN: 9780061051524

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 144

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Each week of the racing season produces new excitement for the drivers and fans of NASCAR. Some weeks have produced the kind of heart-stopping moments that etch a race into the hearts and minds of fans. Those are the great races. The races featured in this book are stops along a time line that has spanned five decades of an American tradition. From the formative days on the hard-packed dirt tracks to the modern era of the superspeedway, every race has unfolded with its own unique story. NASCAR polled drivers, members of the media, and fans to select the twenty-five greatest NASCAR races. The resulting NASCAR Greatest Races is a panorama of the NASCAR experience. There are fabulous finishes, amazing comebacks, classic duels, and transforming milestones. Events such as the Rayson Memorial of 1948, NASCAR's first race, and the 1979 Daytona 500, the first NASCAR race shown live wire-to-wire on network television, helped shape NASCAR's history. The spotlight has fallen on individual drivers such as Dale Earnhardt, Bill Elliott, and Jeff Gordon, rivalries like that between Richard Petty and David Pearson, or photo finishes like the one that confirmed Lee Petty's victory in the inaugural Daytona 500 of 1959. NASCAR Greatest Races pairs more than one hundred full-color and black-and-white action-packed, historic shots with eyewitness accounts and personal reflections from the actors in this revved-up arena. The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing begins its second half-century as the fastest growing major spectator sport in the United States. Nearly six million people attended NASCAR Winston Cup Series races in 1998 and more than 150 million watched the action on television. NASCAR also sanctions twelve other touring series as well as races at more than 130 tracks throughout the nation.

Go, Flight!

The Unsung Heroes of Mission Control, 1965–1992

Author: Rick Houston,Milt Heflin

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803269374

Category: History

Page: 368

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The inspiration for the documentary Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo At first glance, it looks like just another auditorium in just another government building. But among the talented men (and later women) who worked in mission control, the room located on the third floor of Building 30—at what is now Johnson Space Center—would become known by many as “the Cathedral.” These members of the space program were the brightest of their generations, making split-second decisions that determined the success or failure of a mission. The flight controllers, each supported by a staff of specialists, were the most visible part of the operation, running the missions, talking to the heavens, troubleshooting issues on board, and, ultimately, attempting to bring everyone safely back home. None of NASA’s storied accomplishments would have been possible without these people. Interviews with dozens of individuals who worked in the historic third-floor mission control room bring the compelling stories to life. Go, Flight! is a real-world reminder of where we have been and where we could go again given the right political and social climate.

Design of Racing and High Performance Engines

Author: Society of Automotive Engineers

Publisher: SAE International

ISBN: 9781560916017

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 265

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Design of Racing and High Performance Engines presents the basic principles involved in the design of high performance engines. Editor Joseph Harralson first compiled this collection of papers for an internal combustion engine design course he teaches at the California State University of Sacramento.

Wheels Stop

The Tragedies and Triumphs of the Space Shuttle Program, 1986-2011

Author: Rick Houston

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803248938

Category: Science

Page: 480

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Humanity’s first reusable spacecraft and the most complex machine ever built, NASA’s Space Shuttle debuted with great promise and as a dependable source of wonder and national pride. But with the Challenger catastrophe in 1986, the whole Space Shuttle program came into question, as did NASA itself, so long an institution that was seemingly above reproach. Wheels Stop tells the stirring story of how, after the Challenger disaster, the Space Shuttle not only recovered but went on to perform its greatest missions. From the Return to Flight mission of STS-26 in 1988 to the last shuttle mission ever on STS-135 in 2011, Wheels Stop takes readers behind the scenes as the shuttle’s crews begin to mend Cold War tensions with the former Soviet Union, conduct vital research, deploy satellites, repair the Hubble Space Telescope, and assist in constructing the International Space Station. It also tells the heart-wrenching story of the Columbia tragedy and the loss of the magnificent STS-107 crew. As complex as the shuttle was, the people it carried into orbit were often more so—and this is their story, too. Close encounters with astronauts, flight controllers, and shuttle workers capture the human side of the Space Shuttle’s amazing journey—and invite readers along for the ride.

Porsche 917

The Winning Formula

Author: Peter Morgan

Publisher: Haynes Publications

ISBN: 9781859606339

Category: Transportation

Page: 208

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After the 917 broke Porsche's 19-year drought at Le Mans in 1970, it went on to win the Can-Am Series two years running. Porsche expert Peter Morgan gained unprecedented access to Porsche records and 917 engineers and drivers to bring enthusiasts the story of this legendary race car in full-color. Detailed are the rivalry between Ferry Porsche's sons and his nephew, Ferdinand Piech, who spearheaded the development of the 917. Engineers describe the development of turbochargers for auto racing, while drivers like Dickie Attwood, Hans Herrmann, and Derek Bell chronicle the 917's brilliant motorsport career.

Jeff Gordon

His Dream, Drive & Destiny

Author: Joe Garner

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781603803960

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

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The first-ever authorized biography of Jeff Gordon, the four-time championracing legend. For over a year, Garner interviewed and observed Gordon atraces, special events, and at home. The book is based on extensive interviewswith Gordon as well as in-depth interviews with dozens of family members, friends, competitors, and colleagues, some of whom have never gone onthe record before. Jeff speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about hischildhood, his much publicized divorce, those he competed against, hisfamily, and life after racing.This fully illustrated hardcover biography will allow privileged access to awealth of exclusive unseen and rare material from Gordon s personal photoand memorabilia collection. Gordon s meteoric rise through racing s ranksis a classic American success story. Readers will find inspiration in Gordon scandid take on his pivotal life episodes."

Great Athletes

Author: Salem Press

Publisher: Salem PressInc

ISBN: 9781587654824

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 396

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Provides biographies of individual athletes and includes information on their career, personal history, playing style, achievements and awards.

Nascar Die-Cast Collector's Value Guide

Author: Checker Bee Publishing

Publisher: Checkerbee Pub

ISBN: 9781585980697

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 239

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-- An overview of NASCAR "RM" Winston Cup racing -- Die-cast collectibles for some of the top Winston Cup Series drivers -- Biographies for some of the biggest names in auto racing -- Up-to-date secondary market values

Mark Martin

The Racer's Racer

Author: Jerry F. Boone

Publisher: Motorbooks

ISBN: 9780760325438

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 159

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Mark Martin is a racer’s racer: a tough, tenacious driver whose professionalism and dedication comes through race after race. Coming heartbreakingly close to winning a Cup championship four times, he is a NASCAR fan favorite because of his easygoing demeanor and competitive, clean driving style. Mark Martin: The Racer’s Racer is the most up-to-date illustrated chronicle of Mark’s long, illustrious driving career-from the days he learned to drive in his dad’s company trucks to his early ASA races and eventual teaming with Jack Roush. With interviews from Mark, his sister Glenda, and the crew chief from Mark’s rookie season, Stock Car Racing magazine contributor Jerry F. Boone reveals how a kid from Batesville, Arkansas, became one of the world’s top stock car drivers with 35 Cup wins and 5 IROC championships. Photographs from veteran shooters Dick Conway, Nigel Kinrade, and the Stock Car Racing archives follow Martin’s journey, and driver No. 6’s complete Cup race statistics are also included.

Brand NFL

Making and Selling America's Favorite Sport

Author: Michael Oriard

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 9780807899656

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 344

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Professional football today is an $8 billion sports entertainment industry--and the most popular spectator sport in America, with designs on expansion across the globe. In this astute field-level view of the National Football League since 1960, Michael Oriard looks closely at the development of the sport and at the image of the NFL and its unique place in American life. New to the paperback edition is Oriard's analysis of the offseason labor negotiations and their potential effects on the future of the sport, and his account of how the NFL is dealing with the latest research on concussions and head injuries.

Man on a Mission

The David Hilmers Story

Author: David Hilmers,Rick Houston

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 9780310736134

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 144

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Chronicles the life and career of David Hilmers, a former NASA astronaut who circled the globe from orbit and continues to travel the world as a medical missionary.

Driver #8

Author: Dale Earnhardt (Jr.)

Publisher: Warner Books (NY)

ISBN: 9781599959252

Category: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Page: 169

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Earnhardt recounts his rookie season and shares memories of his father in an engaging book that is sure to appeal to the millions of NASCAR (stock-car racing) fans worldwide.

Real Men Work in the Pits

A Life in NASCAR Racing

Author: Jeff Hammond

Publisher: Rodale

ISBN: 9781594861611

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

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A memoir of the author's life working in a NASCAR pit crew, from his early days as a tire changer and jackman to his promotion to crew chief, working with such champion drivers as Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, and Dale Earnhardt.

NASCAR Chronicle

Author: Greg Fielden

Publisher: Sellers Publishing

ISBN: 9781412710732

Category: Automobile racing drivers

Page: 504

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This is the complete story of big-time American stock-car racing, from its roots on the moonshine back roads and dusty circle tracks of the South to its stature as a coast-to-coast multibillion-dollar phenomenon. The only book of its kind sanctioned by NASCAR.

Alan Kulwicki

Nascar Champion: Against All Odds

Author: Dale Grubba

Publisher: Badger Books Inc.

ISBN: 1932542396

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 518

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Alan Kulwicki, born in Greenfield, Wisconsin, nicknamed "Special K" and the "Polish Prince," was an American NASCAR Winston Cup Series (now Spirit Cup) race car driver. He died in an airplane crash near Blountville, TN at the age of 38. This is the true to life story of how Alan Kulwicki, from his start in Go-Kart racing, won the NASCAR championship. His success as owner, manager and driver in NASCAR racing has never been duplicated; many have tried and failed. The author, Fr. Dale Grubba, has followed and documented Kulwicki's career for three decades. The emotions and feelings of the racing fraternity are revealed and show the great respect and admiration for Alan Kulwicki. Race fans will be pleased to read about this American hero! The book is complete with over 100 black and white photos and drawings and references for each chapter. A chronological listing of all the races in Alan Kulwicki's career from Go-Kart racing to NASCAR champion is included.