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NASCAR Off the Record [Hardcover]

Brock Yates
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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks International (26 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760317267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760317266
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 597,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Like any giant enterprise, the NASCAR we see today is very different from the regional race series launched by a visionary Bill France in the late 1940s. Few writers are as intimately aware of that history as Car and Driver's Brock Yates. From the 1950s, he recalls the intimate nature of the sport's early years, when he would see the entire Petty family working together, Richard wrenching on the car while his father cooked for the family on a barbecue grill. In 1979, Yates was reporting from the pits for ABC at the Daytona 500 when the infamous fight erupted between Cale Yarborough and the Allison boys. His perspective spans nearly 50 years, and his wry observations are always sure to incite both cheers and jeers. NASCAR Off the Record is a pithy, opinionated, hilarious, and compelling collection of some of the greatest NASCAR stories of all time, as told by a man who was present at the scene.

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The France family didn't invent stock car racing any more than James Watt and Thomas Edison invented electricity, but in both cases they perfected and expanded the diverse commodities into omnipresent elements of modern society. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Writing by Brock Yates 28 Aug 2013
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Brock Yates articles in Car and Driver magazine have been a source of pleasure to me for more than forty years. This book , dealing with NASCAR , is a collection of articles Brock has written over the years , expanded and re-worked . Some I had previously read , some I hadn't : all highly enjoyable . Written with Brock's witty and entertaining style . A satisfying read .
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3.0 out of 5 stars Proof-reader Required 30 Dec 2004
By D. Bain - Published on
I have read Brock Yates' articles and books since he started writing for Car and Driver magazine back in the mid-1960's, but this book is an embarrassment. The proof-reader for this book never reported for work.

p11: says Herb Thomas was a whiskey runner. In the very next sentence says "Others, like Herb Thomas, came from working class backgrounds." (Two different drivers with the name Herb Thomas?)

p16: explains that NASCAR stands for National Association for Stock Auto Racing. What happened to the C for Car?

p19: says that 1.366 miles is longer than 1.375 miles

p19: refers to "NACSAR"

All of these gaffes are found in chapter one, so you get the idea. It's too bad, because this could have been a good book with more attention to accuracy.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work from one of the print industry's better writers. 17 Mar 2014
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Even though this book is mostly old news, it was interesting, and in Brock Yates's usual style, it was fun to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 15 Aug 2012
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If you are familiar with nascar history, you will find a few interesting nuggets, shows some but not all nascars warts. Very well done.
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