Format: Mass Market Paperbound
Dimensions: 352 pages, 6.9 × 4.2 × 0.9 in
Published: January 31, 1999
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0345426770
ISBN - 13: 9780345426772
Read from the Book
The Daytona International Speedway is quiet when the caravan of trailers start arriving. Without people to bother them, seagulls nest in the infield grass. The air is clean; the overpowering smell of seared rubber hasn''t yet settled in. There are no low-hanging clouds, mixing car exhaust with the smoke from a thousand greasy grills. The arrival of the eighteen-wheelers, in a carnival of color-drenched logos, marks the unofficial start of the season. For the next eleven months they''ll be traveling around the country together like a giant medicine revival, selling speed as the salvation for all that ails. Unlike other sports, which put down roots in a place then live there over long seasons, the speed people don''t stay in one place for long. Every week they''re somewhere else, trying to solve the mystery of how to bleed two-hundredths of a second more out of a car.... Because it is a sport of old lineage and trades passed from one generation to the next, sons follow fathers and brothers follow one another. Among the dozens of multicolored cars spilling out onto the speedway for the first Winston Cup practice of the 1996 season, two were piloted by Bodines. For Brett Bodine, the baby-faced, thirty-seven-year-old middle brother of the upstate New York racing clan, it was more than the start of a new season. It was the start of a new life. Over the winter, he''d bought the last pieces of Junior Johnson''s faded empire, allowing the white-haired legend to retire to the North Car
From the Publisher
WIDE OPEN looks at one full year on the NASCAR circuit as it''s never been examined before. Shaun Assael takes us behind the scenes, into the pits and onto the tracks, examining the life, the loves, the blood feuds of the stars, the grunts, the drivers, the mechanics, the wives, the girlfriends, the moneymen--everyone and anyone who makes things happen. WIDE OPEN is a funny, tragic, dramatic journey inside a world that has long been closed.
About the Author
Shaun Assael, a former New  York City criminal justice reporter, is a senior writer for ESPN Magazine. His work has appeared in such places as Esquire, The Village Voice, New York, and Smart Money.
From Our Editors
Fasten your seatbelt for a wild ride on the Winston Cup tour! Shaun Assael takes the reader on a wild, fast-paced tour of the hectic, adrenaline-charged life of stock-car racing in Wide Open: Days and Nights on the NASCAR Tour. Packed with exhiliarating stories of the events and the people who live in the world of the Cup, this is an exciting read for anyone who loves car racing.
"This is the first no-holds-barred book that''s been written about our sport since the whole deal took off. Anyone who thinks they know NASCAR needs to read Wide Open. I couldn''t put it down!"
"Assael takes us past the glitter of winners, and the excitement of multimillion dollar sponsorships, into the world of struggle and heartbreak, perseverance and pride, into the corners of NASCAR which are more often exposed in whispers rather than the written word."
--National Speed Sport News
"Assael takes a clear-eyed approach, neither canonizing the drivers nor unnecessarily criticizing their mistakes, and what emerges is one of the most vividly drawn pictures of what NASCAR racing is really like."
--Car and Driver