The Book on African American Drag Racers

The Book on African American Drag Racers

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Drag racing is so much fun to watch, the showmanship, the speed, the competition, the burnouts, the wheel stands and the most important thing is the accessibility. Drag racing is the only sport where you can buy a pass and go into the pits and talk to the drivers and actually watch the mechanics prepare the racecars. "The Book on African American Drag Racers" is not a comprehensive or a complete book on African Americans in the sport of drag racing. Why? Because every day, somewhere in America, there is a young man or woman who will discover this great sport and seek to try their hand at making a name for themselves, in the sport. I believe drag racing began when the first cars were produced by Ford Motor Company and two competitive guys wanted to know, whose Ford was the fastest. NHRA Top Fuel Champion, Antron Brown believes drag racing is so open for all races because it's "nothing but a foot race with vehicles." I believe drag racing is so popular in the African American community because there is such a great love for cars. Also drag racing, unlike NASCAR, CART, INDY, USAC, and ARCA, you don't have to have a special race car only, you can have any type of car as your race car. Drag racing is also a sport easy to learn. Over the past decade drag racing sanctioning bodies have done a great job growing their sport with the Junior Dragster programs. These programs allow kids to race their low horse powered reasonably priced cars and get them involved in the sport early. Some of those junior dragster racers are now competing in the professional ranks of the sport. As a matter of fact, Erica Enders-Stevens the new Pro Stock champ began in the Jr. Dragster class. This book was written to help young people learn about the contributions and history of African Americans in the sport of drag racing.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 110 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 6mm | 159g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1508541280
  • 9781508541288

About Robert Blackwell

Robert Blackwell is a storyteller who has been a drag racing fan since childhood. He loves history and making use of historical facts that may have been lost. He is a labor relations consultant, Pastor, speaker, and former high school teacher. Having a love for writing for many years, he has written training manuals, articles for newsletters, journals, magazines and three books, "As Long as I Live," "Hole Shot: The Story of the Last Mutt Brother," and "TAPA: (Timeless Wisdoms and Practical Advice to Help Young Men Now)." He lives in North Carolina and serves the local education and religious communities.show more