Saturday, March 31, 2007

Book Review-Sunday Money-Two and a half quacks

I finally finished reading Sunday Money today and overall the book did what it was supposed to do, by totally imersing you into the weekend spectacle that is Nascar. Though, it may not be the best description of a book when you say finally.

Mr. McGregor's writing style was a bit too descriptive or flowery for me at points. I guess it might be difficult to find ways to describe burning rubber, weekend drunkeness and middle aged women that troll the infields of Nascar races over time. I also must admit I totally skipped half a chapter devoted to Jeff Gordon, because no great words will ever make me a fan of his.

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So, if you are a Nascar devotee, you will enjoy this book. If you watch just the big races, like the ones at Daytona, Charlotte, California, or when the traveling circus comes into your neck of the woods, you may enjoy the history and find yourself more attracted to the sport of auto racing. If you sit down on a Sunday, flipping channels and say, "ugh Car Racing" then stay away!

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