If you’re just as avid of a reader as you are a race fan, you’ll know that Goodreads happens to reset its Reading Challenges every January. And with a new year comes a new finish line—setting your own goals, you can race to the checkered with reading as well as in a vehicle.
Today, I’m here to bring you a list of NASCAR-related books that can be found on Goodreads. If you’re not into the social networking website for readers, think of this list as a recommendation anyway, because the pages I’ll be linking will have sources for you to buy the books on your own!
· Portraits of Nascar, by Anita Rich and Robin Dallenbach: A thorough look at the personal lives behind many of our favourite drivers, this book was published in 2008 and still holds true to many of the strong passages contained within. If you’re not just about the cars, but the livelihood and personalities contained within them, this is an ideal book to quench your thirst.
· Growing up NASCAR, by Humpy Wheeler and Peter Golenbeck: If you pay attention to the promoters, you’ll know Humpy. It’s impossible not to know Humpy, if we’re being honest—not a single person in NASCAR could miss out on his wild performances, and he’s drawn in the eyes of fans worldwide. This is a book about his life and career as not only a diehard fan of the sport but as someone who poured their love for it into everyone else as a career. Humpy also wrote the foreword for…
· They Call Him Cale: The Life and Career of NASCAR Legend Cale Yarborough, by Joe McGinnis: A powerful book that does indeed read more like a novel than a biography, They Call Him Cale is a book filled with rich stories and insights about one of NASCAR’s finest drivers.
· NASCAR Generations: The Legacy of Family in NASCAR Racing, by Robert Edelstein: Have you ever wondered how racing families can exist? Are they competitive, mutually inspiring, or full of spiced remarks about whose crew chief is better? This book is a must-read if so, as it details out in-depth about the most popular families to race within NASCAR’s walls. The Labontes, Earnhardts, even the Petty family is represented in this well-written book.
· NASCAR Then and Now, by Ben White: If you’re not into words, this book would make an amazing coffee table addition. A gallery bound between covers, this book holds incredible photos of tracks, cars, and drivers—this book compares them with their past selves. Nothing is starker than a contrasting photograph of Talladega when it was being built than the Talladega we know now.
Photo by Ted Van Pelt.