NASCAR Nation: A History of Stock Car Racing in the United States

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NASCAR Nation: A History of Stock Car Racing in the United States [Scott Beekman] on orpospapape.gq *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This is the first work. Editorial Reviews. Review. "Recommended. All readers." - Choice. About the Author. Scott M. Beekman is assistant professor of history at the University of Rio .

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Next Article:. Read More. Probably the most notorious area of the original dirt race course, which earned the nickname "Puke Hollow", was located at turn 2 see note below.

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It received this moniker due to the fact that a driver might be inclined to "puke" as a result of the extreme jostling his car would experience when hitting the deep ruts which formed in this section of the track as a race progressed. When the track was reconfigured and paved over in , the smooth and level asphalt racing surface essentially prevented the formation of any rough patches and effectively eliminated the "Hollow".

Langhorne continued to host an annual stop on the Grand National schedule from to All winners were American.

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From to , Langhorne Speedway hosted the Langhorne National Open, which became the nation's most prestigious race for Sportsman and Modified cars. Guaranteed starting positions were awarded to the winners or highest finishers not already qualified at special Langhorne Qualifier races held at weekly racetracks throughout the Northeast and Southeast. It was common to have over a hundred cars attempt to qualify for the National Open. In and , Supermodifieds raced with the Modifieds and Sportsman cars. Dutch Hoag was the most successful driver, winning five times.

Hoag was the only driver to win the National Open on both the dirt and pavement surfaces. The National Open since has become the Race of Champions Modified race, raced exclusively on pavement and at various Northeastern tracks, and its history has been combined into the National Open. Pavement Modified star Matt Hirschman won five of the past six editions since , and has tied Hoag for most wins in this race's combined history.

See Race of Champions for a history of this race since From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. American auto racing venue.

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Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Retrieved Autoweek : 40— The timing of its arrival on the scene alongside first volumes of The Black Books otherwise known as A Record of Grand Prix and Voiturette Racing of the Formula One Register was accidental but certainly a serendipitous occurrence of the first order.

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When Hendrick Motorsports opened 30 years ago, it employed five people and covered 5, square feet. In , Chitwood earned a business administration and finance degree from the University of Florida. Award Winner. March 5, Byron won the national championship.

In what was almost the blinking of an eye, Fielden created a very dynamic shift in the rather anemic baseline of both the history of stock car racing and that of NASCAR, particularly its Grand National Division, now the Sprint Cup Series. Although the Forty Years of Stock Car Racing series is the basis for the information and race data that fuels virtually every website devoted to NASCAR racing statistics, especially those for events prior to the last three decades, there has been little in the way of follow-up or, pray tell, expansion on what Fielden has provided many years ago.

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The format of the Forty Years of Stock Car Racing series is simplicity itself: each season begins with a short narrative of the season, touching upon the highlights—along with, on occasion, the lowlights—and other notable moments, before providing a short, newspaper-like summary including a box score for each event during the season, ending with the final points standings for the season. True, there have been those who have followed the lead of Greg Fielden and dug deeper into the early seasons of the NASCAR Grand National Division, but little of that seems to have entered the mainstream of automobile racing history, if you will, certainly not in book form akin to that of Fielden.

Then, again, Fielden self-published his books, which should tell you something. With the opening of a fame of fame museum in Charlotte several years ago, it might have been imagined that NASCAR would take steps to provide similar material from its archives.

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Of course, as far as can be told, it has been a number of years since NASCAR has listed a historian as a member of its staff. Given the rather mercenary bent of NASCAR, with its shameless bilking of every penny from its legion of fans, to say nothing of its attitude regarding everything imaginable—including its history—as a commodity to be hawked to its fans, one does wonder why NASCAR has yet to tap into this largely untouched market. It has been suggested in some quarters that NASCAR is actually missing many parts of its records from its formative years.

One must take this assertion , whatever its merits, on faith, given that access to the records of NASCAR, even old ones, is highly restricted.