Book Explores Struggles of Independent 1990s NASCAR Teams

Austin, TX – The second edition of A Little Bit Sideways returns to a tumultuous week in 1997 with Kenny Wallace and the Square D team as they fought to compete with NSACAR’s best of the best.

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The odds against the scrappy team were stacked as they battled on the tracks during the golden era of NASCAR racing, a time when Dale Earnhardt Sr. was the elder statesman, Jeff Gordon the rising star, and the sport’s popularity was off the charts.

This rambunctious tour of NASCAR takes you into the driver’s seat, the cocktail parties, the race shop, the broadcast booth and beyond. As Gordon, Earnhardt, Dale Jarrett and other legends fight for the championship, Kenny Wallace and the Square D team battle to qualify and stay relevant in an era when a spot in Sunday’s show was hotly contested and not guaranteed. Through the experiences of the 1997 races at Martinsville and Charlotte Motor Speedway, author Scott Huler spent months with the team.

The result is a dramatic read that offers insight on the inner workings of a NASCAR team, from tire and gas strategy to engineering, car set up and the fine points of a fabulous pit stop. Throughout the book, the author captures Wallace’s fiery discourse and passionate personality, and takes the reader into all corners of NASCAR racing, from tech inspections and RVs in the infield to cocktail parties and banging fenders on the track.

The book, out Feb. 15, is available for pre-order in print and ePub versions from Octane Press and other booksellers.