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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (1 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1491065400
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491065402
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,890,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bob Englehart is the editorial cartoonist for the Hartford Courant and lives in Connecticut with his wife Pat McGrath. They have three grown children and four grandchildren. He's syndicated worldwide by

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An engaging read for auto racing fans 5 Dec. 2014
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I learned a great deal about short track racing in "Trackrat" and particularly enjoyed the revealing sketches of the drivers, fans and families who populate the tracks in Stafford, Thompson and Waterford, Connecticut. Bob used a traumatic event as a launching pad for the book – his witnessing the crash that killed driver Shane Hammond in 2008 at Thompson International Speedway. His interviews are intriguing, but the book also works on other levels. He writes in a compelling way about his own childhood in Fort Wayne, Ind., when he spent a year in bed with rheumatic fever with only his imagination, pencils and watercolors to pass the time. His book also explores the importance of family ties and how his parents’ divorce affected him and his brother. The longtime editorial cartoonist at the Hartford Courant, Englehart is also an engaging public speaker. I just hosted him at my library and would recommend that other libraries, book stores and race tracks sign him up as a speaker.
Some of it is compelling. 22 Jun. 2014
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Author editorial cartoonist Bob Englehart witnessed the tragic wreck that killed Boston-area driver Shane Hammond at Thompson International Speedway. The author then discovers the extraordinary motivation behind Shane Hammond's desire to race by a chance encounter with his mother and younger brother in the pits at the last race of the season. The story of Shane is compelling but then goes on and on about his parents' divorces and remarriages during an era when divorce was rare, giving him and his brother Tim a stigma in their neighborhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana. However, he did explain how he became a fan as a child, bedridden for a year by rheumatic fever with only his imagination, pencils, and watercolors to pass the time.
I was a New England “trackrat” and could relate to the stories of New England racers. I just wished there was more about them in the book. I DO recommend the book.
very good read for any raceing fan 11 Jun. 2014
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I enjoyed it very much..lots of racing history and tidbit and humor..I also enjoyed because some was at a race track my son races at..if you are a race fan you will enjoy.
Memories 7 Jun. 2014
By Ron Martz - Published on
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Brought back many memories. Great read. Very interesting insight to short track racing. Loved the personal side of Bob's early years.
Trackrat: Memoir Of A fan review 26 May 2014
By Shirley K Pace - Published on
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This is a very interesting book on several levels. It was written by an author from my hometown. I knew, or knew of, several local people in the book so it was nice to see things from a different perspective. It is a very interesting story, both on a racing and on a personal level. Very easy yet comprehensive read.
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