In the Blink of an Eye: Dale, Daytona, and the Day that Changed Everything

In the Blink of an Eye: Dale, Daytona, and the Day that Changed Everything

by Michael Waltrip, Ellis Henican


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There was one lap to go in the 2001 Daytona 500, NASCAR's most celebrated event. Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were running one-two. Junior's legendary dad, the driver race fans called "The Intimidator," was close behind in third, blocking anyone who might try to pass. Waltrip couldn't stop thinking about all the times he'd struggled to stay ahead—and the 462 NASCAR Cup races he'd lost without a single win. He'd been a race-car driver all his adult life, following in the footsteps of his brother Darrell, a three-time NASCAR champion. And his losing streak was getting more painful every race.

But this day, he knew, could be different. He was driving for Dale Earnhardt now, racing as a team with his close friend and mentor. Yet as his car roared toward the finish line, ending that losing streak once and for all, Waltrip had no clue that the greatest triumph of his life could get mired in terrible tragedy.

This is the story of that fateful afternoon in Daytona, a day whose echoes are still heard today. But the story begins years earlier in a small town in Kentucky, with a boy who dreamed of racing cars, a boy who was determined to go from go-karts to the highest levels of NASCAR. For the first time ever, Michael Waltrip tells the full, revealing story of how he got to Daytona, what happened there, and the huge impact it had on so many in the racing world. He reveals for the first time how his own life changed as he dealt with guilt, faced his grief, and searched for the fortitude to climb into a race car again. It's an inspiring and powerful story, told with Michael's trademark humor, honesty, and irreverence. It's a story of family, fulfillment, and redemption—and well-earned victory in the end.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786891399
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 12/27/2011
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 36,491
Product dimensions: 7.96(w) x 5.28(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michael Waltrip is a two-time Daytona 500 Champion and one of eight drivers to win more than one Daytona 500. He is an iron horse racer, one of three to make a least 1,000 career NASCAR starts. Waltrip was an original member of "This Week in NASCAR," and writes a monthly column for NASCAR Illustrated.

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In the Blink of an Eye 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 161 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First of all - I laughed (alot) and cried (alot). I just read "In the Blink of an Eye: Dale, Daytona, and the Day that Changed Everything". Unbelievably great! Being one half of the brothers Waltrip and being able to tell all the great stories involving all the NASCAR drivers past and present would be enough - but this book tells the story of being there the day Dale Earnhardt died like no other person on earth can. I didn't know this, but, in 462 starts Waltrip had never won a race. Then, at the 2001 Daytona, he found himself in a car racing-for the first time-for his really good friend Dale Earnhardt. With 17 laps remaining, Waltrip had the lead and directly behind him were Dale and Junior - father and son. Anyone wanting to get at Waltrip's lead would have to get past these two. It's like a movie, just as exciting and just as unreal, but this really happened. We all know (even non-NASCAR fans) what happened that day in the final laps. No one can ever forget the day that Dale died but reading the story through the eyes of the man who won that race only to find out in Victory Lane about the death of his long time friend is heartbreaking, gut wrenching and the best story I've ever read of friendship, triumph and tragedy. I'll read this book again because the story is as compelling and more chock full of great NASCAR insider stuff than anything I've ever read. I loved the way it was written-Ellis Henican (he also wrote Home Team: Coaching the Saints and New Orleans Back to Life with Sean Payton - another great book) really captures the great humor and style that Waltrip displays when he's on TV. You don't have to be a Michael Waltrip fan to love this story, but if you are, you are going to want to race out and get this before this year's Daytona.
pccoder More than 1 year ago
Michael Waltrip is a simple man, that's my "nice" way of saying he's not so smart. But, that doesn't change the fact that this man has faced unreal adversity as a racecar driver. On what should have been the highlight of his career, the best day of his racing legacy turned into his worst nightmare. In this book, Michael describes the emotion of that terrible day when his dear friend died at Daytona. His friend, Dale Earnhardt is a racing icon, a legend. And to be racing finally for his friend, and to win only to learn that his mentor has died was nothing short of devastating. Michael's lived with this anguish, guilt and personal struggle for 10 years. It's affected his career, his personal life and his emotions deeper than anything can. I read this book in 2 quick sit downs. You don't have to be a NASCAR fan to appreciate this amazing and sad story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If your a nascar fan read this book it a amazing book
babeins1973 More than 1 year ago
Whether you are a Michael Waltrip fan or not, I believe you will enjoy this book! It's an interesting story of how Michael came up through the ranks, as many of them have done over the years. It tells how he came to be the driver/owner we know after the many curveballs life has thrown at him. But it's also a very personal view of that horrific day when NASCAR lost Dale. The book as a whole contained some very interesting things that I didn't realize or had forgotten about. It shows that NASCAR drivers are just every day people too, that their lives are not all glory and money. Please read it, I don't think you will be disappointed. Great book, Mikey!! :)
Jazola More than 1 year ago
I generally do not read books of this ilk, but with the 10-year anniversary of Dale, Sr.' wreck and death, decided to buy and read this book. I really thought I would have a hard time getting through it due the usual biography-type books that I have read in the past. This is an easy read. I found it has nonstop page-turning, can't put it down, read. This is written in the voice of Michael Waltrip and I could hear his voice telling this story. The behind the scenes information is great. It was nice to learn of the softer side of Dale, Sr. I personally am going through the impending loss of my sister and this was very inspirational to me, as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Behind the scenes story about Michael's life, racing, and the day that changed the sport forever. It was so good, so heart wrenching that i finished it in one day
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They did a pretty good job putting this together. I was worried it would have been one of MW's goofy sounding stories you hear week to week. Shocked at how good it's written and how quick a read it was. God Speed #3!
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horsegirl727 More than 1 year ago
I love watching Michael Waltrip on tv and listening to him announce the races. His humor makes anything better, and his book is no exception! I found the story of his life and the way he got started in racing to be a captivating read. It's a side of Nascar that one doesn't get to see. I thought the pages where he talked about his dad were especially touching and felt for him when he lost a friend in Dale Earnhardt. This book is for anyone and everyone! It's the perfect read for a Nascar fan or just a racing fan. You will definitely enjoy the behind the scenes stories he shares. I highly recommend this book, and I know you will enjoy it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is a terrific story here if a storyteller had been asked to tell it. What we have instead is the voice of Michael Waltrip telling us his life story and how he came to befriend and eventually drive for Dale Earnhart. There is so much pathos and drama surrounding the events of Earnhart's death that we are left hanging on several important details, especially the aftermath. Plus the telling.... Overall, a casual NASCAR fan will appreciate the backstory of this sport-altering incident. A NASCAR junkie will be disappointed I suspect.
luvmyshepherds More than 1 year ago
Michael has written his story of becoming a well-known and highly respected NASCAR driver in a way that makes you think you are just listening to a story being told by a dear friend. It is a great read!!
KSLeadfoot More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt for years and this book tells a little about both that most people don't know. I found it hard to put down until I was finished. My wife even read it and she doesn't read books about race cars or drivers.
Mustanglady More than 1 year ago
I was completely disappointed in this book. A long time NASCAR fan, this book did not deliver as I expected it to, especially for the price. Sorry Michael, maybe you should stick to trying o win a race instead of writing books and overcharging!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You don't have to be a NASCAR fan to really enjoy this book. It is a bout friendship, family and tragic loss. It will keep you involved and maybe even turn you to motorsports. I read it in 3 days and I an reading it again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a big fan of Michael Waltrip for a long time and have looked forward to this book. However, I found it to be repetitive and lacking in substance. His worship of Dale Earnhardt is so far beyond realistic that, if Waltrip is really that limited, he is truly a sad fellow. Can we all join hands in a circle and sing Kum-by-ya.
nurseIL More than 1 year ago
I have always wanted to know what happened that day in 2001. On the tenth anniversary what a wonderful book to read. This gave me insite I never knew. As a Dale Earnheart fan for over 20 years it broke my heart that day. Finally Michael has put into word what we all still feel. GREAT READ for any nascar fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
PRICE , PRICE , PRICE ! The DOWNLOAD from other e-readers is $9.99 . I should have done more research prior to buying my Nook-color ........
tymfos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this to observe the 10th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt's death. While the title might suggest that it is mostly about Dale Earnhardt, it really does tell the basic story of Michael Waltrip's life and career, though with quite a bit of a focus on Dale's role in his life -- and especially that fateful 2001 Daytona 500. I enjoy Waltrip's self-deprecating and often offbeat humor, and his trademark down-to-earth manner. I felt he overstated some (obvious) things. I liked it for sentimental reasons. It really wasn't a "great" book by literary standards. But as a NASCAR fan, I found it a really good book to read. A little bitty cynic in me wondered if he wasn't exploiting the 10th anniversary of Dale's death by releasing it now. But I can easily believe that it's taken him this long to really come to terms with what happened that day, and talk about it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a good down to earth story for any nascar fan!
JBubakRacer9 More than 1 year ago
The Day In In the Blink of an Eye by Michael Waltrip and Ellis Henican, Michael tells the story about his racing career. He mentions that he got interested in auto racing from watching his father race. Also, his brother Darrell was multiple time Winston Cup Champion and a many time race winner that got into racing because of his father. Most of the book is the story about the 2001 Daytona 500. This was the day that ended Michael’s “ofer” streak. The “ofer” streak was Michael won zero races out of four hundred and sixty two races. Michael Waltrip was given the opportunity to drive for Dale Earnhardt at Dale Earnhardt Incorporated at the beginning of the 2001 Winston Cup Season. This was the best equipment that Michael had ever been in and it showed off as he won the 2001 Great American Race, the Daytona 500. As Michael told the story about his greatest accomplishment in racing, he shared the difficult emotions he faced. He won the race and it felt like the greatest day of his life, until he heard the news that after the crash in turn four on the last lap of the Daytona 500, Dale Earnhardt was killed. He lost his car owner, his mentor, and his friend that day. His victory is now over shadowed by the loss of “Intimidator” Dale Earnhardt. I enjoyed reading this book because it was about auto racing. Also, this book offered great first hand information about the day Dale Earnhardt was killed racing in the Daytona 500, and what Michael experienced throughout his racing years. I did not dislike anything about this book. It was very interesting and gave me information I did not know about Michael Waltrip and his racing experiences that he had not shared until writing this book. I recommend that anyone that is a race fan and wants to know about what it takes to make it big in NASCAR. Therefore, I anyone that is not a race fan will not like this book because they will not understand the terms and names used throughout the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This younger brother of the "famous" Darryl Waltrip, this young driver for the "famous" Dale Earnhart describes growing up in Appalachia, into a racing family, and his struggle to escape the shadow of the "famous" people of his world. His strong family connections give deeper meaning to the life he tries to gain for himself. He fights for the "win". Although successful, he never earns the top spot. His underdog status makes each small victory sweeter and at the peak of his efforts his only top spot victory comes as the direct result of the death of the world leader. In the vein of a Greek tragedy, Dale Earnhart's death decays Michael Waltrip's only first place finish. A story of resilience,triumph, and deeply honed American family values.
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