Day-by-Day in NASCAR History


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About the Book

Stock car racing is a $2-billion-a-year industry that draws crowds totaling 5.5 million fans in a single season. The beginning of stock car racing’s premiere organization, NASCAR, can be traced to December 14, 1947, when Bill France began a series of meetings at the Streamline Hotel in Daytona Beach. Thirty-five participants debated the future of their sport and subsequently founded a professional racing series first called Strictly Stock, which eventually evolved into today’s NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.
Covering both the sport’s humble beginnings and phenomenal successes, this unique day-by-day reference work chronicles the important moments in NASCAR history. Also noted are such events as driver births and deaths, memorable races, and miscellaneous facts. A few abbreviated examples are: January 10, 1972:
Control of NASCAR was officially passed to Bill France, Jr., taking over for his father, Bill France, Sr.
• February 18, 1979: The Daytona 500, broadcast on CBS, was the first live telecast of a NASCAR race from start to finish.
• February 18, 2001: Dale Earnhardt, Sr., dies of injuries sustained in a last lap crash at the Daytona 500.
• February 21, 1948: NASCAR was legally incorporated in 1948.
• May 29, 1994: Jeff Gordon, 22 years old, won his first Winston Cup Series race in only his 42nd NASCAR start.
• July 4, 1964: Racing in Daytona, A.J. Foyt earned his first career NASCAR win.

About the Author(s)

Ronald L. Meinstereifel is a psychologist and self-taught sports historian living in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania. He is also the author of This Day in Yankees History (2001).

Bibliographic Details

Ronald L. Meinstereifel
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 319
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2004
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1799-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0974-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

January      5

February      17

March      35

April      55

May      81

June      107

July      133

August      159

September      187

October      215

November      237

December      253

Bibliography      265

Index      267

Book Reviews & Awards

“quality writing and meticulous research…essential”—ARBA; “if there was ever a book that a stock car racing nut needed, this is it!…fascinating book…race right over to the phone and get your copy of this 319-page book immediately.”—Old Autos.