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NASCAR and Chicken Soup for the Soul join forces, with well-known NASCAR columnist Cathy Elliott leading the charge. NASCAR drivers, their families, and teams slow down enough to share their stories of family, fortitude, and fast cars. Readers will get a behind-the-scenes look at the action on and off the track. Famous drivers and those closest to them, pit crews, families, and fans all share their stories of perseverance, triumph, comebacks, and life. Fans will get a front row view, and be inspired, surprised, and sometimes amused by these exclusive, up close stories from the track, pit, and the road.
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Inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul: NASCAR
By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Cathy Elliot. Foreword by Darrell Waltrip.
NASCAR fans come together every week with one phrase, "Gentlemen, start your engines!" But beyond enjoying the thrills of a good race, what are the common ties that bind? NASCAR is about being part of something bigger than one’s self and being surrounded by people who appreciate and play by the same rules as you, regardless of who you root for. Inspired by the new Chicken Soup for the Soul: NASCAR, the following list will help you play by NASCAR’s rules of the road.
1. You believe in teamwork. NASCAR is one big team, a family actually, of drivers, crews, and fans. If someone needs help, you give them a hand, even if they’re your opponent. "Through the years, there is not one of us who has been around for any length of time who has not needed help from somebody else," says racing legend Darrell Waltrip in his story, "NASCAR’s Strong Family Foundation." "Teamwork is the very essence of our sport. That is why we are successful. And that is why when people look at the selfishness it takes to be successful in other sports, sometimes they miss the fact that in NASCAR, things just don’t work that way."
2. You are driven to win. Now it’s not for the same reasons you are probably thinking. Did you know that winning can actually change your mindset? Instead of wondering when you’ll win, you will finally have the confidence and proof that you can do it. "It’s almost tougher in a way, because your expectations rise so much that you get disappointed when things aren’t always that good," advises Martin Truex, Jr. "But it gives you the confidence that you can do it. You’ve done it once, and there’s nothing holding you back from doing it again."
3. "No" isn’t an answer. What if your dream was to be a driver, but you were left paralyzed after a racing accident? Would you give up? Zachary Campbell continuously sent letters to Martin Truex, Jr.’s team wanting to meet him. Why did he get his wish, plus the chance to be in the pit during a race? Tim Packman, one of Truex’s communication team members says, "Zach’s determination to meet Martin was for more than a photo op. Zach wanted to tell Martin how he still had the desire to race, to get behind the wheel and compete. His passion and determination drive him to succeed and others to believe in his efforts." Guess what? Zach races today.
4. You are selfless. Bobby Labonte heard that a high school classmate was left paralyzed from the neck down after a bull-riding accident. He decided to give his classmate his winnings from the 1998 Darlington race to help pay for medical bills. "I think that if you have it, sometimes you have to give it." Bobby says in his story, "And so that’s what I did, and it came back to me, because after Jerome got hurt, we became friends. It reminds you of a few things, like first of all the fact that we should have been friends before he got hurt."
5. You know how to use a map to get where you want to be. It’s important to develop a road map that guides you to what you want and where you want to go. How do you think Michael Waltrip got where he is? "I always try to tell people it’s important to have a plan," Michael shares in his story titled "The Plan." "You have to put thought and care and love into it. You have to be passionate about your direction and how you’re going to get there. If you don’t have that desire and that passion to formulate a plan, then I think you probably don’t care enough."