25 of 25 people found the following review helpful: 5.0 out of 5 stars "In The Blink of an eye" Michael Waltrip illustrates that has a heart and soul, February 1, 2011 this review is from: In the Blink of an Eye: Dale, Daytona and the day that changed everything (Hardcover) go as NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip, might not be the most loved or calmer temperate, but he is certainly the least known or one with nothing to say and his new book, just out this month, is also open and full of surprises as the guy from Owensboro, Kentucky, itself.
The book goes into some details about the history of "the younger brother of Darrell" and its beginnings in sport, way Back in 1981 which led to an illustrious career that has included one of only eight drivers to have won more than once revered Daytona 500 and one of only three drivers in NASCAR history to make more than a thousand begins. In this piece of literature NASCAR well written, Waltrip and co-author, Ellis Henican going to tell some of the negative situations and circumstances transformed the runner, team owner, turned the television personality, participated and its dangers and off the track. By literally hit people (Dave Marcis, Lake speed) to hit deliberately cars (Jeff Green, Robby Gordon, Casey Mears and Clint Bowyer) to have his team accused of illegal motor use additives which led to steep fines and disqualification of his crew chief and Director of competition, as well as a dock in points point 100 of the driver, which led to Waltrip, being the first rider in the history of this sport to enter a second round of the season with negative points, Michael Waltrip tells how it was and with not so much to hide for fans and readers.
As can be imagined, the primary story in the Blink of an Eye: Dale, Daytona and the day that changed everything is just what the title suggests. Waltrip tells the story of that day and terrible in NASCAR history. By being hired by her owner friend and mentor, Rathi Intimidator, close of Dale Earnhardt, Inc. drive them, then, new # 15 Chevy NAPA, how he felt, and still hear about Earnhardt, SR., as a man and a racer, Daytona 500 victory of 2001 he left his boss-one of the greatest legends-the car stock fatally crashed on final lap.
Michael Waltrip encounters in this book how not so much a runner, but also a person. A man who has experienced what it was supposed to be his victory more enticing, but instead was one of the worst days of his life. Waltrip goes to tell how that one lap dark led to years of despair, discouragement, pain, agony and guilt.
This story of the events leading up to the surrounding, and after that fateful race in 2001 becomes a story of self-discovery, inspiration, redemption and the power of family, love for sports has experienced and the excitement of returning, because in the end, just as the chequered flag, or roaring engines or the thrill of winning ... this too is racing!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful: 5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking but a fun read, February 1, 2011 this review is from: In the Blink of an Eye: Dale, Daytona and the day that changed everything (Hardcover) first-laughed and cried (very) (much).
I just read "In the blink of an eye: Dale, Daytona and the day that changed everything". Incredibly great! Being a half brothers Waltrip and be able to tell all the great stories that involve all NASCAR driver past and present is sufficient-but this book tells the story of being there on the day that Dale Earnhardt dead as no other person on earth possible.
I didn't know this, but, in 462 begins Waltrip had never won a race. Then, the Daytona 2001, he found himself in a race car for the first time-for his good friend Dale Earnhardt. With 17 laps remaining, Waltrip got the lead and directly behind him were Dale and Junior-father and son. Anyone who wants to get to lead the Waltrip was supposed to get past these two. Is like a movie, just as exciting and as unreal, but this really happened.
We know everyone (even non-NASCAR fans) what happened that day in the final laps. No one can ever forget the day I died Dale but reading the story through the eyes of a man who won that race only to find victory lane on the death of his friend for a long period of time is heartbreaking, gut wrenching and the best story I've ever read of friendship, triumph and tragedy.
I'll read this book yet because the story is as compelling and chock full of great NASCAR insider stuff than anything I've ever read. I loved the way it was written--Ellis Henican (also wrote the Home Team: Coaching and New Orleans Saints back to life on Sean Payton and as he lead his team to victory after Katrina) really captures the great humor and style that Waltrip Show when he is on TV. You don't have to be a fan of Michael Waltrip at this story of love, but if you are going to want to run out and get this before Daytona this year.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful: 5.0 out of 5 stars love him or hate him ..., February 8, 2011 this review is from: In the Blink of an Eye: Dale, Daytona and the day that changed everything (Hardcover) all recalls that day in February 2001 in Daytona. I'll never forget the words of an emotional Darrell Waltrip that day: "this is great [referring to the victory of his brother]. I hope it's okay to Dale. I think he is right, isn't he? ". He wasn't. The announcement of the death of Dale Earnhardt was only a few hours away. "The Intimidator on" died doing what he loved, but love him or hate him, you know that it was too soon for him to go.
"In The Blink of an Eye" describes the journey of life by Michael Waltrip--from the moment that he was racing go-karts like a teenager for the first victory of his career in World Cup--so funny; He grabs your attention at the beginning and not let go until the final page. Mikey probably went through many difficulties to write this book, but I'm sure every reader (NASCAR fan or not) appreciates his effort and its history. Although most did their best to forget that dreadful day in NASCAR history, this book is a must read for all fans of NASCAR and is so well written and riveting that, before you know it, it will be finished--in the blink of an eye.help other customers find the most useful reviews This review was helpful to you?
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