Smokin' Race Carsby K.C. Kelley Published 04 Nov 2013
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Read about the cars, the races, and the exciting personalities of the Sprint Cup series! This book explores the world of stock car racing and gives fans insight into all that goes into a big race.
"Smokin' Race Cars" Reviews
So I know nothing about the world of racing cars. At least I know a lot about football! But seriously this was a good book to give someone that has no knowledge of the racing world a good taste of what they are missing.
It starts out by talking about Nascar, old and new, and how Nascar came to be. I had no idea it was not always as big as it was.
Next they talk about the cars. How they make the cars and the safety features.
Then they give you a pretty good taste of what a day at the races is like. I was surprised to find out there can be crowds of up to 200,000 people. They talk about how people drive their RV's there and party in the lot until the races start. Then they start talking about the races in depth starting with the bringing in of the cars and all the equipment on Thursday or Friday. (Races are usually on Sunday).
They talk about what the drivers feel inside the car for example the intense vibration and the intense heat. And that sometimes a race lasts for a few hours. So the drivers have prolonged exposure to these circumstances and they do not get to eat or use the restroom.
Next they talk about being on the track. They talk about how this is really a sport and talk about some of the strategy of race car driving. The pit crew and what they do is mentioned.
The book ends up talking about some of the all time greats and some of the new drivers on the scene such as a man from Columbia and a few women that drive regularly in the races now.
Throughout the book are pages such as "Safety First" which describes all the safety precautions and "Officials in White" which tells about what the officials jobs are. Those pages are fun to read and are chock full of information.
Honestly, with no prior knowledge, this book was easy to understand and gave me a new respect for the sport. I am not sure what age this book is meant for. I think it would be good for middle school children right up to your adults like me where it was kind of a "Racing for Dummies" type of situation.
I won this book from goodreads and I am very glad I did. I enjoyed reading it.
This book would be good for kids or someone who wants to learn the basics of NASCAR. Being a NASCAR Fan, I learned nothing new. I did not like how the author interrupted the flow of reading by inserting random pages titled Smoking Facts. Otherwise, it is a quick read to help educate potential new NASCAR Fans.
This is a great little book. It is packed full of information. I am going to love watching my nephew read it.
Thanks so much for making it available.