Sundays Will Never Be the Same - Racing Tragedy And Redemption, My Life In America's Fastest Sport


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  • ISBN: 9781451644890
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  • Publ Date: 2012-02-07
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  • Binding: HardBack
  • Pages: 241
  • Imprint: FREE PRESS
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  • ID - 64493


Three-time NASCAR champion Darrell Waltrip knew that big changes were in the wind on the morning of February 18, 2001. For the first time in his long and storied career, Darrell would be watching the race from the broadcast booth high above the track, explaining its complexities to a television audience of millions. His younger brother Michael Waltrip would be among the starting drivers. Michael, who had competed in 462 NASCAR races without a win, would be piloting one of two cars owned by legendary driver Dale Earnhardt. Earnhardt would be racing too, as would Dale Earnhardt Jr., the reigning Rookie of the Year. "Sundays Will Never Be the Same "opens with a heart-stopping account of that dramatic race. By the time the sun set on that day, Michael Waltrip would have captured his first checkered flag in NASCAR's biggest race, Dale Earnhardt Jr. would have placed second, and Dale Earnhardt, the sport's brightest star, would have passed into eternity.

Darrell regales the reader with his earliest memories of the fiercely competitive kid from Kannapolis, and he describes the highs and lows of their relationship through the twin arcs of their overlapping careers .Along the way, Waltrip provides a fascinating history of racing in Daytona and offers glimpses of some of the sport's most colorful characters, including Bill France, Junior Johnson, Cale Yarborough, Bobby Allison, and Richard Petty. He weaves the story of his own unlikely journey from the small-town ovals and rural roads of Kentucky (where his talents were largely devoted to running from the cops) to the grandest tracks and richest purses in motor racing. With his customary candor, Darrell gives us an insider's view of some of NASCAR's greatest battles and most memorable moments. This is an epic that only a storyteller with Waltrip's access and experience could write. "Sundays Will Never Be the Same" reaches its crescendo with a heart-wrenching insider account of that pivotal weekend in Daytona, including a poignant pre-race interview in which Dale rhapsodized about his family and his plans for the future. After the wreck, Waltrip takes us along on his frantic ride to the trauma center and into the waiting room, where Dale's family and friends struggle to accept the unthinkable. Darrell recounts the weeks that followed: the shock and disbelief, the outpouring of grief from around the world, and the top-to-bottom safety changes NASCAR eventually made in what would become the most enduring tribute to Dale Earnhardt and his legacy



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