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NASCAR greatest races : the 25 most thrilling races in NASCAR history
Higgins, Tom, 1937-
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New York, NY : HarperEntertainment, [1999]

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141 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
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Each week of the racing season produces new excitement for the drivers and fans of NASCAR. Some weeks have produced the kind of heart-stopping moments that etch a race into the hearts and minds of fans. Those are the great races.

The races featured in this book are stops along a time line that has spanned five decades of an American tradition. From the formative days on the hard-packed dirt tracks to the modern era of the superspeedway, every race has unfolded with its own unique story.

NASCAR polled drivers, members of the media, and fans to select the twenty-five greatest NASCAR races. The resulting NASCAR Greatest Races is a panorama of the NASCAR experience. There are fabulous finishes, amazing comebacks, classic duels, and transforming milestones.

Events such as the Rayson Memorial of 1948, NASCAR's first race, and the 1979 Daytona 500, the first NASCAR race shown live wire-to-wire on network television, helped shape NASCAR's history. The spotlight has fallen on individual drivers such as Dale Earnhardt, Bill Elliott, and Jeff Gordon, rivalries like that between Richard Petty and David Pearson, or photo finishes like the one that confirmed Lee Petty's victory in the inaugural Daytona 500 of 1959.

NASCAR Greatest Races pairs more than one hundred full-color and black-and-white action-packed, historic shots with eyewitness accounts and personal reflections from the actors in this revved-up arena.

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing begins its second half-century as the fastest growing major spectator sport in the United States. Nearly six million people attended NASCAR Winston Cup Series races in 1998 and more than 150 million watched the action on television. NASCAR also sanctions twelve other touring series as well as races at more than 130 tracks throughout the nation.

Table of Contents

Ned Jarrett
Witnessing Great Onesp. 7
Firsts and Milestonesp. 9
1948 Rayson Memorial
1959 Daytona 500
1985 Southern 500
1949 Strictly Stock Race No. 1
1984 Pepsi Firecracker 400
1994 Brickyard 400
1950 Southern 500
Classic Duelsp. 39
1984 Winston 500
1988 Daytona 500
1992 Hooters 500
1980 World 600
1999 Daytona 500
Incredible Comebacksp. 63
1990 Valleydale 500
1963 Daytona 500
1984 Talladega 500
1985 Winston 500
1998 Napa 500
1988 Oakwood Homes 500
Fabulous Finishesp. 87
1976 Daytona 500
1981 Dogwood Classic
1987 The Winston
1980 Winston 500
1974 Firecracker 500
Amazing Aftermathsp. 107
1979 Daytona 500
1988 Checker 500
1995 Goody's 500
1992 The Winston
Finally!p. 127
1998 Daytona 500
1989 Daytona 500
1985 Pepsi Firecracker 400
1991 Goody's 500