The Earnhardts: A Biography

The Earnhardts: A Biography

by Gerry Souter


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The story of NASCAR's preeminent family and the multibillion dollar sport they helped create.

From mid-century dirt tracks to today's super speedways, The Earnhardts: A Biography tells the remarkable story of a racing family—Dale, his father Ralph, and son Dale Jr.—whose careers span the full history of NASCAR and whose accomplishments define this unique American motorsport.

Drawing on extensive research, including interviews with friends, family, and sports writers covering the NASCAR scene, Gerry Souter follows the Earnhardts' story from Ralph's short track racing in cars he built himself to Dale's record-setting career and shocking death to Dale Jr.'s emergence as one of the sport's most popular figures today. Through the lives of the Earnhardts, and their unmatched legacy of hard work and victory, readers see American stock car racing evolve from its rural Southern roots into a nationwide phenomenon.

  • A chronology putting high points in the Earnhardts' careers in the context of pivotal moments in the rise of NASCAR and American motorsports
  • A rich bibliography of resources for further reading including books, journalism, archives, and websites

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313358401
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/23/2009
Series: Greenwood Biographies Series
Pages: 138
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Gerry Souter is a full time author-historian of more than 40 books.

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