Sunday, September 2, 2012

The book is back

OVER THE WEEKEND, I RECEIVED copies of the book "Then Junior Said to Jeff...", to be published in October by Triumph books. It looks great.

Jim McLaurin and the late David Poole wrote it in 2006, and I updated it this year.

This is how it came about: Triumph Books wanted to update the book, but Poole had died a few years ago and Jim felt he was too long out of racing. So Jim suggested I do it.

The book isn't just about Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon. Poole and McLaurin wrote about everyone from Junior Johnson to Dale Earnhardt to Darrell Waltrip and more. I've added stories about Tim Flock and Jocko FlockoCale YarboroughSterling MarlinTony Stewart and more.

Most of the stories are funny. Buddy Baker, a born storyteller, is a good source of funny stories. One of the other guys wrote a great story about Buddy wrecking in a race, being taken away by ambulance and then going into a panic when his stretcher (not locked down) left the ambulance with race cars coming along. Some of the stories — like the one about Mark Martin and former car owner Bill Davis — are interesting.

Poole and McLaurin did a wonderful job, and I believe I made the book better.

The new cover is cool — they added the cars of Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr. at the top — and I'm excited. I can't wait for the green flag to fall on the book.

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