MA, July 31, 2006 – Motorsports publisher Coastal 181 has announced
the release of its latest title, PAVED TRACK DIRT TRACK. The book
covers the complete history of two famed race tracks, Old Bridge
Stadium in New Jersey and Nazareth Raceway in Pennsylvania.
PAVED TRACK DIRT TRACK author Lew Boyd chose Old Bridge and Nazareth
to exemplify the heart of East Coast modified racing. One asphalt
and the other dirt, the two notorious speedways both ran on Sunday
nights, usually open competition. Each attracted road warriors and
outlaws from Maine to Florida, as well as a dedicated core of
homegrown heroes. Boyd conducted more than 100 interviews with
living legends like Mario Andretti, Frankie Schneider, Pete Frazee,
Wally Dallenbach, Tommy Hager, Gil Hearne, Bob Pickell, and Buzzie
Reutimann, as well as capturing the stories of many whose lives
ended tragically on the race track, like Jackie McLaughlin, Otto
Harwi, and Mike Grbac. Then there are tales of the feisty Eastern
Bandits like Ed Flemke and Denny Zimmerman and the NASCAR “drop ins”
like Ned Jarrett, Bobby Allison, and Fireball Roberts, who came to
test their mettle on these challenging tracks.
PAVED TRACK DIRT TRACK covers the evolution of racing from just
after World War II right up to the 1990s. The formative years were
gritty, colorful, and dangerous, presenting a kind of racing that
would never be permitted or possible today. The book includes 330
evocative photographs, many borrowed from private scrapbooks and
collections and never before published.
PAVED TRACK DIRT TRACK follows Coastal 181’s publication of GOTTA
RACE! by Ken Schrader and Joyce Standridge, HOT CARS COOL DRIVERS,
RICHIE!, BUGSY!, Life Wide Open, and other highly acclaimed books
that document the drama and color of American oval track racing and
its daring drivers.
Soft-cover with 232 pages, PAVED TRACK DIRT TRACK is available at
$23.95 plus 6.00 S&H (US). To order, call Coastal 181 toll free at
877-907-8181 or online at