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Circle of Hope: An Inspiring NASCAR Journey [Paperback]

Deann Alford

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6 Nov 2013
On June 17, 2006, unknown part-time driver David Gilliland brought his homemade car and can-do attitude to Kentucky Speedway. With just seven NASCAR starts, his best Nationwide finish was 29th. But that night he achieved one of the sport’s greatest upsets ever. Circle of Hope: An Inspiring NASCAR Journey profiles fascinating lesser-known drivers in NASCAR's two top series through joy and triumph, disappointment and defeat. Journalist Deann Alford follows hope-driven stories of Sprint Cup driver David Reutimann; NASCAR legend Morgan Shepherd; ARCA truck champion Brett Rowe; Nationwide driver Eric McClure; and David Gilliland whose spectacular win landed on NASCAR media’s ballot for “Race of the Decade.” This book offers behind-the-scenes portraits of drivers and those covering the sport, plus vignettes with stars Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson, Trevor Bayne and celebrated dirt racer Buzzie Reutimann. Each provided the author with hope amid her own darkest season of grief. Circle of Hope brings refreshing encouragement to those needing hope, no matter their walk, in their own battles of life.

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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (6 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1493575317
  • ISBN-13: 978-1493575312
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.3 x 1.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

As a journalist, Deann Alford has written about ordinary people taking extraordinary action for good amid death and tragedy. She travels to countries such as Pakistan, Gaza, Nigeria and Colombia—places that are far away, exotic, and potentially lethal. She has interviewed the powerful (George W. Bush) and the dispossessed (homeless churchgoers in Waco, Texas). Her beat is the world of human hurt and human hearts. But her son caught an affinity for things that go vroom, and that introduced her to NASCAR. An Internet search revealed a fascinating world that enhanced race-watching Sunday afternoons as a family. It ultimately inspired this book in which NASCAR fans, casual and devout alike, will find hope that they, too, can achieve their own dreams. She lives with her family in Austin, Texas.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful testimonial to human endurance and achievement. 25 Nov 2013
By Timothy C Morgan - Published on
This book about NASCAR and the drivers who race out of the limelight is an amazing testimonial to human endurance. I love the gritty insider details that Deann Alford brings to this topic. The way she weaves in her personal story is touching and real.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Title says it all 1 Dec 2013
By johnnyuke - Published on
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Easy to read, well written story about lesser know NASCAR underdog racers. Through luck, generosity of others, faith , skill and perserverance these underdogs sometimes become top dogs in the exciting and dangerous sport of motor car racing. Very human and warm characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Message of hope 1 Dec 2013
By David j Rorabaugh - Published on
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This book is a great story of people trying hard. The message of religion is not pushed in your face but laced in just the right amounts. This is also a great story for youth groups and would be at home in a church library.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It 30 May 2014
By Betty Smith - Published on
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As a fan of NASCAR this bok rocks. There are a ton of books out there on the big name drivers out there, but not a lot of people write about the underdogs. Yes, I root for Dale Jr. but I also root for the underdogs to always do well. some of them are just as good, if not netter than your big name drivers. they just haven't gotten a lucky break.
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 28 Mar 2014
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This is a great read, sometimes funny, showing how celebrity and near celebrity drivers show the love of Christ in their daily lives.
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