From the Author
As Kent and I were finishing up Book III in the ROLLING THUNDER STOCK CAR RACING SERIES, we realized we had written a considerably different book than the first two. As I said in previous comments, we are trying to do stories that are realistic, that deal with the actual triumphs and failures of real people who have chosen a tremendously competitive sport in which to make their living. We've avoided the melodrama and plain silliness that has been the norm in other books and films about stock car racing and we've been taken to task by some for not throwing in more over-the-top characters and situations (Burt Reynolds driving a race in a chicken suit in "Stroker Ace?"). In RACE TO GLORY, though, we found ourselves dealing with a particularly difficult time in racing. Fan support was growing all over the country, the national media had finally taken an interest in the sport, and races were bing run from California to New England, but this was also the time when some of the superstars of racing were lost in terrible on-track incidents. Speed had clearly surpassed the safety of the equipment and the sport had become even more dangerous. We've chosen to take Jodell Lee and the rest of the crew of the number 34 Ford to the races where these accidents took place, all in an effort to let the reader get a better look at the human emotions that come into play in such situations. We hope we've accomplished that. Just at a time when Jodell finds that he will have even more sobering responsibilities in the near future, he sees one of his idols killed on a race track. How will that affect him? Will it diminish his almost primal urge to compete, to win? Can racing itself survive the tragic loss of its most popular drivers? Kent and I will anxiously await the comments of those who have read the first two books, and hope that this admittedly darker story will bring others into the fold. As Jodell Lee said in the foreword to Book I, "Just imagine how it feels to be behind the wheel of one of those monsters. Just imagine."