There was one lap to go in the 2001 Daytona 500, NASCAR's most celebrated event. Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were running one-two. Junior's legendary dad, the driver race fans called "The Intimidator," was close behind in third, blocking anyone who might try to pass. Waltrip couldn't stop thinking about all the times he'd struggled to stay ahead--and the 462 NASCAR Cup races he'd lost without a single win. He'd been a race-car driver all his adult life, following in the footsteps of his brother Darrell, a three-time NASCAR champion. And his losing streak was getting more painful every race.
But this day, he knew, could be different. He was driving for Dale Earnhardt now, racing as a team with his close friend and mentor. Yet as his car roared toward the finish line, ending that losing streak once and for all, Waltrip had no clue that the greatest triumph of his life could get mired in terrible tragedy.
This is the story of that fateful afternoon in Daytona, a day whose echoes are still heard today. But the story begins years earlier in a small town in Kentucky, with a boy who dreamed of racing cars, a boy who was determined to go from go-karts to the highest levels of NASCAR. For the first time ever, Michael Waltrip tells the full, revealing story of how he got to Daytona, what happened there, and the huge impact it had on so many in the racing world. He reveals for the first time how his own life changed as he dealt with guilt, faced his grief, and searched for the fortitude to climb into a race car again. It's an inspiring and powerful story, told with Michael's trademark humor, honesty, and irreverence. It's a story of family, fulfillment, and redemption--and well-earned victory in the end.
To commemorate the top drivers annually, the Reedy Series introduced the first edition of its foldout book series in 2005. This limited edition, collectible series comprises 5 individual foldout books that depict 5 Chase drivers and their special years. The 4-fold format enhances the book's lavish illustrations, provided by stellar Cup photographers Nigel Kinrade and Brian Czobat, and helps deliver a unique form of storytelling (by Josh Stevens) to the world of NASCAR. No other NASCAR collectible features rich, high-action illustrations displayed in this format, and no series offers exciting capsules of the top drivers and their special years.
NASCAR is more popular in America than any racing series has ever been, and leading the way within the NASCAR ranks is the Ford Taurus.The Taurus is one of the best-selling cars in the U.S., but the street version bears little resemblance to the Taurus that races on Sundays. The racing Taurus is the result of Ford and NASCAR working together to create a two-door version that would comply with NASCAR rules. It is campaigned by legendary drivers such as Dale Jarrett, Mark Martin, Ricky Rudd, Jeff Burton, and 2003 series champion Matt Kenseth.This book explains in technical detail all the nuances and differences between the street version and race version, including the chassis and roll cage, the suspension, steering and brakes, the engine and drive train, engine support systems, and the interior and body. The new RaceCarTech Series of books features a level of very useful technical detail sought not only by the enthusiast, but also by the model car builder. Detailed photos and accurately scaled shots provide a resource not found anywhere else. 70 percent of plastic model kit sales in the US are cars, and the majority of those are race car models. The RaceCarTech series is a long-awaited resource for model car builders.