Beginning with a race on one Sunday and concluding with the race on the following Sunday, A Little Bit Sideways follows a typical NASCAR team throughout the week to uncover its inner workings, from the minute changes that affect the cars performance to the teams interaction in putting together a winning (or losing) effort.

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Motorbooks (March 8, 1999)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0760304556

Praise for A Little Bit Sideways

"One writer may finally have captured the essence of stock-car racing, demystifying the grown-up groupie mentality that the roaring sport inspires."
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Most of the books currently being written about NASCAR are of the coffee-table variety, and most glorify the sport. Fine. There is a place for that. There also is a place for unfettered observation and independent analysis of a sport that is growing so fast that few have the time to understand why. A Raleigh writer named Scott Huler has broken new ground with A Little Bit Sideways. . . . Huler wrestles with the sport's uniqueness better than most. . . . Huler also has a welcome attention to detail."
— Monte Dutton, Gaston Gazette

"A wonderful book, accurate and insightful, . . . beautifully crafted. . . . The book truly is terrific."
—The Huntsville Times

"It may be the best presentation of racing I've come across."
— Bob Latford, The Inside Line

"A fast-paced, 48-hours documentary-style look at the real world of racing. . . . Huler brings the business as well as the heart and soul of the NASCAR race team to life in fascinating detail and refreshing accuracy."
— Claire B. Lang, NASCAR Winston Cup Illustrated

"A great job of capturing the entire aspect of what NASCAR is like - from the fans, drivers, pit crews, the whole gamut."
— Bob Jenkins, ESPN

"[Huler's] eye for detail - of the mechanical and of the human element - is moving and delightful."
— Gerald Martin, Racer Magazine

"Huler is a master at painting a picture with words."

A Little Bit Sideways

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