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No fear : Ernie Irvan, the NASCAR driver's story of tragedy and triumph
Irvan, Ernie, 1959-
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First edition.
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New York : Hyperion, [1999]

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xi, 203 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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GV1032.I75 A3 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A premier racer in NASCAR history drives his way into readers' hearts with an inside story of his amazing recovery after a 1994 crash, his strong opinions of the racing world today, and a candid account of his personal life. of photos.

Author Notes

Peter Golenbock is a prolific sports journalist and author. He was born in New York City on July 19, 1946 and raised in Stamford, Connecticut.

He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1967 and the New York University School of Law in 1970.

While at Dartmouth, he began writing about sports for The Daily Dartmouth, which led to stints with the New York Times and the Boston Globe. It was also at Dartmouth where he became friends with Robert Ariel "Red" Rolfe, the former New York Yankees third baseman and the school's athletic director. Rolfe entertained him for hours with stories of the famous Yankees teams of the 1930's, which had a profound impact on Golenbock's unintended career path.

After graduating law school, he eventually landed a job in the legal department of Prentice-Hall Publishing. Surprisingly, he was able to convince the head of the trade book division to allow him to write about the Yankees. The resulting book, Dynasty: The New York Yankees 1949-64, became an instant bestseller, the first of many for Golenbock. Among his best-known works to follow include; The Bronx Zoo, Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Balls, with Graig Nettles, Bats, with Davey Johnson, Personal Fouls, a look at corruption in college basketball, and Teammates, a children's book about the relationship between Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese.

His latest work is entitled Rage: The Legend of "Baseball Bill" Denehy.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Irvan is one of the most successful drivers on the NASCAR stock-car racing circuit, but it wasn't his victories that brought him a national audience beyond racing fans. Instead, it was a horrific 1994 crash that left him near death. It quickly becomes clear in this entertaining autobiography that Irvan's life is one of those 20-year "overnight" success stories. He began in his father's footsteps, racing on Southern California's asphalt tracks and repairing cars to pay the bills. Anyone who dismisses the NASCAR racing as a simple "step on it and turn left" procedure will be shocked at the amount of preparation, research, and technology that goes into each race. The behind-the-scenes financial wrangling is also a revelation. Irvan presents himself in a self-deprecating, aw-shucks-it-weren't-nuthin' light, but he can't hide the fiercely competitive nature that put him at the top of his field and brought him back from the brink of death. Golenbock, a bestselling sports author, deftly guides Irvan through his life and times. They hit the high points, touch on the lowlights, and always address the controversies as Irvan lays his life on the line every NASCAR weekend. As sports autobiographies go, this is an enjoyable ride with a man who is proud of his accomplishments but humble enough to share the glory. Libraries would be wise not to underestimate the drawing power of the wildly popular NASCAR circuit. (Reviewed December 15, 1998)0786864435Wes Lukowsky