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July 23, 2010 6:33 PM

NASCAR Then & Now Book Review

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This is the latest NASCAR book from Ben White. It looks at NASCAR over the years though photos comparing what happened back then with what happens today. The book is going to be available in books stores starting in early August. Another book that Ben White has done is NASCAR Racers that came out last year.  I got a chance to review this book through a special email sent to me.

The photos in the book take center stage and they are certainly a joy to look at. Over 200 black & white plus color photos got included in the book. Every single topic you wanted gets looked at from past champions, tracks, wrecks, garages, injuries, etc...

The best section in the book is the Impact! section where they look at car crashes. The 1958 Southern 500 Jake Smith crash where he goes over the guardrail and the 2003 Daytona 500 Ryan Newman in the grass mega flipping crash gets looked at over many photos. The book really shows off the danger for both of the wrecks really well though the photos.


One of the best photos for me in the book was the black & white photo of Bristol Motor Speedway. The track looks so naked back then with the two separate grandstands and a naked infield compared to what you see in the more current photo.

I would have liked to have seen some more photos in the book. A picture of Riverside vs a picture of Sonoma would have been great. Riverside at one point came before Daytona on the NASCAR schedule. A few more pages of photos from the 70's, 80's and 90's throughout the book would have been nice as well.

I say pick the book up, it will make a for a nice coffee table book to start a conversation with or relive some old memories with.

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