Fixin to Git

One Fan’s Love Affair with NASCAR’s Winston Cup

Fixin  to Git

Book Pages: 320 Illustrations: 31 b&w photos, 7 tables, 17 figures Published: July 2002

Author: Jim Wright

Subjects
American Studies, General Interest, Sociology

In the past twenty years, big-time stock-car racing has become America’s fastest growing spectator sport. Winston Cup races draw larger audiences—at the tracks and on television—than any other sport, and drivers like Dale Jarrett, Jeff Gordon, and Mark Martin have become cultural icons whose endorsements command millions. What accounts for NASCAR’s surging popularity?
For years a “closeted” NASCAR fan, Professor Jim Wright took advantage of a sabbatical in 1999 to attend stock-car races at seven of the Winston Cup’s legendary venues: Daytona, Indianapolis, Darlington, Charlotte, Richmond, Atlanta, and Talladega. The “Fixin’ to Git Road Tour” resulted in this book—not just a travelogue of Wright’s year at the races, but a fan’s valentine to the spectacle, the pageantry, and the subculture of Winston Cup racing.
Wright busts the myth that NASCAR is a Southern sport and takes on critics who claim that there’s nothing to racing but “drive fast, turn left,” revealing the skill, mental acuity, and physical stamina required by drivers and their crews. Mostly, though, he captures the experience of loyal NASCAR fans like himself, describing the drama in the grandstands—and in the bars, restaurants, parking lots, juke joints, motels, and campgrounds where race fans congregate. He conveys the rich, erotic sensory overload—the sights, the sounds, the smells, the feel—of weekends at the Winston Cup race tracks.

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Jim Wright grew up in Indiana watching his father race on quarter-mile dirt tracks in the 1950s. After spending a couple of decades establishing himself as an academic sociologist, he began regularly attending NASCAR races in the 1990s. A sociologist who has taught at Tulane University and currently teaches at the University of Central Florida, Wright has written seventeen books. He lives in Orlando.

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Prelude: On the Road to Charlotte 1

1. Car Culture and the American Dream 17

Daytona Pilgrimage 46

2. Deconstructing NASCAR 57

Back Home Again in Indiana 87

3. Racin' Basics 98

Lost in the Land of Cotton 132

4. The NASCAR Subculture 144

Short-Track Showdown 170

5. The Yankee Invasion 180

Nantahala Interlude 204

6. Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms 217

Grand Finale in Atlanta 254

7. We Are Family 263

Notes 281

Index 292
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Silver Award Winner, 2002 Book of the Year Award in Sports and Recreation, ForeWord Magazine


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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-3220-6 / Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-2926-8
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