Book Review: 1001 NASCAR Facts

1001 NASCAR Facts by John Close


by Paul Gohde

Author John Close is a longtime NASCAR journalist, reporter, team member and race-day Spotter. He has written for racing trade papers, national magazines and daily newspapers.

His Wisconsin roots include growing up in a racing family, cheering on his father who raced jalopy stock cars four or five nights a week in the 1950s.

After years of work at Wisconsin’s short-tracks, Close moved from the Badger state to North Carolina in 1994 and while continuing to write for racing publications, he became a full-time media and marketing rep for several NASCAR teams including Richard Petty Motorsports and Hendrick Motorsports.

With all of this racing history in his resume, Close is an ideal person to have written a new book called 1001 NASCAR Facts.

The 365-page book is divided by decades starting prior to NASCAR’s founding in the 1940’s and continuing on to the present. And with the book sub-divided into sections called Cars, Tracks, Pit Pass and Milestones, the reader has an easy time navigating from era to era while locating those 1001 nuggets of information.

Readers learn about the early founding of NASCAR by Bill France Sr., the move from the rough dirt tracks of the south to the Superspeedways of Talladega and Daytona and the transition of drivers from Lee Petty, Cale Yarborough and Fireball Roberts to Rusty Wallace, Tim Richmond and Jeff Gordon.

Facts can at times become boring while reading a history book, but Close takes the time to give the reader a background setting, a context, for each of those 10001 gems of information. With that in mind, the text and its 125 black/white photos come alive and help the reader understand why each fact is important and worth digesting.

“As a lifelong follower of NASCAR, and as someone who was fortunate enough to be a part of it professionally for 30 years, I thought I knew a lot about the history of the sport,” the author confesses. “Boy, was I surprised. Time and again throughout the research and writing of this project, I discovered facts about NASCAR that I didn’t know.”

You will, too if you read 1001 NASCAR Facts by John Close.

The book is available online from Car Tech Books ( or by calling 1.800.551.4754.

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