The Great American Gamble : How the 1979 Daytona 500 Gave by Joe Menzer

By Joe Menzer

One among NASCAR's maximum tales is delivered to existence during this meticulous, hugely enjoyable replay of the day that modified every thing for the sport."
--Lars Anderson, activities Illustrated

"Joe Menzer has performed a very good activity in telling the tale of 1 ofNASCAR's most crucial races, a story that comes with the colourful storiesof the forged of characters who participated."
--Mike Hembree, NASCAR Scene

"A remarkable publication, person who will be within the library of each diehard race fan."
--Jerry Bonkowski, nationwide NASCAR columnist, Yahoo! activities and on-air character, Sirius NASCAR Radio

It may so easilyhave been a catastrophe . . .

Everyone knew it, from CBS executives and proprietors of neighborhood CBS associates to NASCAR founder sizeable invoice French to motive force and NASCAR booster Darrell Waltrip. If something went improper with the first-ever reside, start-to-finishbroadcast of America's optimum inventory motor vehicle race, lots of people have been going to lose handsome profit. it can even be the last-ever reside broadcast of a NASCAR occasion. the nice American Gamble tells the gripping story of the development that as a substitute made NASCAR the multibillion buck powerhouse it's at the present time: the 1979 Daytona 500.

Based on new interviews with all of the significant drivers within the race andothers concerned, together with Richard Petty, staff leader Dale Inman andKyle Petty, Bobby Allison and Donnie Allison, Cale Yarborough, BennyParsons, Junior Johnson, blood brother Baker, Darrell Waltrip, A. J. Foyt, Ned Jarrett, Humpy Wheeler, Ken Squier, Richard Childress, Jim Hunter, David Pearson, Doug Rice, Ricky Rudd, Geoffrey Bodine, Sterling Marlin, Marvin Panch, Leonard wooden, Eddie wooden, Larry McClure, and Michael Waltrip,this is the final word, high-octane account of crucial race inNASCAR heritage.

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C. Pyle, we had nothing to lose. ” At the same time, the Bear co-owners recognized that they had better deal with Pyle. He was their ticket to Red Grange, the man who could prop up the rickety financial legs of the NFL and move professional football into the big time. Besides, Halas had heard the rumors that rival NFL teams were also after Grange, and realized that Pyle was offering him the inside track. 37 Rumors of the imminent signing had already set off a firestorm of protest. The prospect of a top collegian turning pro before he had graduated fired up the academics, most of all college presidents who said the concept of a young man leaving school before earning his degree was abhorrent.

12 Short of scoring six touchdowns a game, what could Grange possibly do in 1925 to top his already legendary 1924 season? Considering the Illini had lost its entire offensive line to graduation, the odds were against him. Making things more challenging was the condition of quarterback Harry Hall, who had not fully recovered from an injury suffered in the previous season’s Minnesota game. “It’s going to be some job to fill the places of the experienced players,” Zuppke admitted. Even Grange’s younger brother, Garland, who had been a standout on the 1924 freshman team and slotted as a varsity starter, was injured in preseason and withdrew from school.

Newsreel men camped outside his fraternity house to record his coming and going. ” Meantime, the Chicago Tribune reported that Grange had been “besieged with offers of every description,” so many that Grange went home to Wheaton for two days to sort through the offers with his father. 20 Back on campus, Grange ducked from class to practice, avoiding as many interviews as possible and telling his fraternity mates to answer neither questions from reporters nor the telephone. He even threw off Zuppke, promising his coach he would tell him “anything he wanted to know” after the final game against Ohio State.

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