Earnhardt Nation: The Full-Throttle Saga of NASCAR's First Family

Earnhardt Nation: The Full-Throttle Saga of NASCAR's First Family

by Jay Busbee

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A colorful, fearless portrait of the larger-than-life first family of NASCAR, the Earnhardts, and the rise of the world’s fastest stock car racing organization.

More than sixty years ago, Ralph Earnhardt toiled in a cotton mill in his native North Carolina to support his growing family. Weekends he could be found going pedal to the metal at the dirt tracks, taking on the competition in the early days of box car racing and becoming one of the best short-track drivers in the state. His son, Dale Earnhardt Sr., would become one of the greatest drivers of all time, and his grandson Dale Jr, would become NASCAR’s most popular driver of the 2000s. From a simple backyard garage, the Earnhardts reached the highest echelons of professional stock car racing and became the stuff of myth for fans.

Earnhardt Nation is the story of this car racing dynasty and the business that would make them rich and famous—and nearly tear them apart. Covering all the white-knuckle races, including the final lap at the Daytona 500 that claimed the life of the Intimidator, Earnhardt Nation goes deep into the fast-paced world of NASCAR, its royal family’s obsession with speed, and their struggle with celebrity. Jay Busbee takes us deep inside the lives of these men and women who shaped NASCAR. He delves into their personal and professional lives, from failed marriages to rivalries large and small to complex and competitive father-son relationships that have reverberated through generations, and explores the legacy the Earnhardts struggle to uphold.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062367730
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/16/2016
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 492,424
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Jay Busbee is a lead writer at Yahoo Sports, where he writes for the official Yahoo Sports NASCAR Blog. He lives in Atlanta with his family.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Chapter 1 Up From Dirt 15

Chapter 2 Go or Blow 25

Chapter 3 That Earnhardt Boy 35

Chapter 4 Gimme Back My Bullets 47

Chapter 5 Keep Your Damn Composure 63

Chapter 6 Win Some, Lose Some, Wreck Some 71

Chapter 7 If There Ain't A Hole, Make One 87

Chapter 8 I Don't Look Like No Eleven-Millionaire 101

Chapter 9 Wonder Boy 111

Chapter 10 Hell-Raisers 123

Chapter 11 Milk Toast 135

Chapter 12 The Gunslinger Slows 149

Chapter 13 No More Monkeys 161

Chapter 14 Earnhardt vs. Earnhardt 171

Chapter 15 Cage-Rattling 181

Chapter 16 Find Your Own Way Home 189

Chapter 17 Lost 201

Chapter 18 It Didn't Look That Bad 209

Chapter 19 The Days After The Day 221

Chapter 20 The Savior's Burden 229

Chapter 21 Free Beer 241

Chapter 22 The Schism 255

Chapter 23 Second Chances 263

Chapter 24 Eulogies and Memories 277

Chapter 25 @DaleJR 287

Chapter 26 Time Rolls On 299

Epilogue 315

Acknowledgments 321

Bibliography 325

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