360 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 30 illus., notes, bibl., index
White Lightning, Red Clay, and Big Bill France
Special Recognition, Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award, Western North Carolina Historical Association
In this history of the stock car racing circuit known as NASCAR, Daniel S. Pierce offers a revealing new look at the sport from its postwar beginnings on Daytona Beach and Piedmont dirt tracks through the early 1970s, when the sport spread beyond its southern roots and gained national recognition. Real NASCAR not only confirms the popular notion of NASCAR's origins in bootlegging, but also establishes beyond a doubt the close ties between organized racing and the illegal liquor industry, a story that readers will find both fascinating and controversial.
"The first comprehensive history of early southern stock-car racing that reflects its rustic character but not at the expense of academic rigor."
--Journal of Southern History
"If you're a Southerner, by birth or by inclination, and love Southern foodways, folkways, highways, and low-ways, you'll lap up Daniel S. Pierce's Real NASCAR . . . like grits and red-eye gravy, even if you've never been to a stock car race or watched one on television."
"[A] fascinating history of the era."
"Stories of stock car racing and moonshining come to life through oral histories. . . . Real NASCAR contains an energy and respect for its subject that reveals the historian's personal enthusiasm. Even if you have never been a NASCAR fan, you will find much to keep you reading in this intriguing history of the sport."
--Smoky Mountain Living
"Details the sport's genesis as it has never been shown before. . . . A story that readers will find both fascinating and controversial."
"Real NASCAR can be read by racing fans who will share stories about Bill France and Curtis Turner at lunch tables and bars all over America at the same time it becomes a key text in the reading lists of university courses on Southern culture."
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