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TV, SIGNINGS and BOOK TOUR
-- MEET KURT BUSCH! At the start of the new-edition book tour! Kurt and the author will sign copies of the book in Daytona on July 4, 2003, at 2 p.m. at the Barnes and Noble bookstore directly across from Daytona International Speedway. Store address is 1900 West International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida, 32114, tel. 386-238-1118. All invited!
And for those who cannot attend, Kurt may -- we stress MAY -- be able to sign books ordered by phone to the store. This will depend on how many attend the signing, and Kurt's time restraints (hey, he has practice later in the day). But if you want to take the chance, give the store a call.
-- THE PBS NEWSHOUR with Jim Lehrer interview aired Thursday, August 15, 2002. Watch the video or read a transcript by clicking here.
-- To get your copy signed by the author, send it to Men and Speed, P.O. Box 384, Pascoag, R.I. 02859, and please enclose a return manilla envelope with $3.95 in postage.
-- RADIO INTERVIEWS for the 2003 new-edition book will be scheduled in major markets. Please check back soon...
All times are Eastern. Many stations have Webcasts, and some archive interviews:
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-- ON-AIR INTERVIEWS in 2002 included:
>>> Sunday, August 11, 2002, 8:40 p.m., The Frontstretch with Butch Bellah, a nationally syndicated radio program.
>>> Tuesday, August 6, noon, Dan Skinner, WBAA 920-AM and 101.3-FM, an NPR affiliate at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
>>> Thursday, August 1, 7:45 a.m., George Kilpatrick Show, WSYR 570-AM, Syracuse, New York.
>>> Wednesday, July 24, 11:15 a.m., Morning Show, WAEB 104 FM, Allentown/Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
>>> Monday, July 22, 9:10 a.m., 2 Guys Named Chris, WKRR 92.3-FM, Charlotte/Greensboro, North Carolina.
>>> Thursday, July 18, 8:40 a.m., Jim Edwards Show, WWNC 570-AM, Asheville/Charlotte, North Carolina.
>>> Tuesday, July 16, 11:20 a.m., The Not Just Sports Show, KNBR 680-AM, San Francisco, California.
>>> Wednesday, July 10, 10 a.m., 55 Feedback, WSAU 550-AM, Green Bay, Wisconsin.
>>> Monday, July 8, 9:20 a.m., Morning Show, KFBK 1530-AM, Sacramento, California.
>>> Thursday, July 4, interview on national public radio's Marketplace.
>>> Wednesday, July 3, 9 a.m., AM Chronicles, a Langer Broadcasting nationally syndicated program.
>>> Thursday, June 27, 5:10 p.m., ESPN Radio 1070, Madison, Wisconsin.
>>> Monday, June 24, 8:30 a.m., Glenn Scott and the Waking Crew show, WSJS 600-1200-AM, Greensboro/Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
>>> Monday, June 24, 10:30 a.m.,Cable Talk, Cable Radio Network, a national network that reaches more than 26 million households.
>>> Friday, June 21, 9:10 a.m., Jeff DeFran & Steve Clarke and the Morning Show, WTKA 1050-AM, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
>>> Monday, June 17, 3 p.m., KMOX Live with Larry Conners, KMOX 1120-AM, St. Louis, Missouri.
>>> Sunday, June 16, noon, live from Michigan International Speedway, a second appearance on WJR 760-AM, Detroit, Michigan.
>>> Sunday, June 16, Morning Edition, on NPR, National Public Radio, from Michigan. Listen to the by following this Real Audio link.
>>> Saturday, June 15, 8:10 a.m., live from Michigan International Speedway, Warren Pierce Show, WJR 760-AM, Detroit, Michigan.
>>> Wednesday, June 12, 9:30 a.m., Pete Braley and Company, WBSM 1420-AM, New Bedford, Massachusetts.
>>> Friday, June 7, 8:45 p.m., Sports Talk, KPNW 1120-AM, Eugene, Oregon.
>>> Monday, June 3, 7:30 p.m., Speed Freaks with Doug Allen and Alan Johnson, WCNN 680-AM, Atlanta.
>>> Monday, June 3, 7 p.m., Let's Talk Racing, WBIO 94.7-FM, Owensboro, Kentucky.
>>> Friday, May 31, 1:30 a.m. (by tape) Sporting News Radio, a coast-to-coast show that will be archived on the site.
>>> Thursday, May 30, 8:45 p.m., back by popular demand due to predicting Mark Martin's win in the Coca Cola 600! Total Sports Experience, WWTN 99.7-FM, Nashville, Tennessee.
>>> Friday, May 24, 3:30 p.m., live in studio on the Matt & Ramona show, WLNK 107.9-FM, Charlotte, North Carolina.
>>> Friday, May 24, 5 p.m., Coach Chuck Dickerson, WGR 550-AM, Buffalo, New York.
>>> Thursday, May 23, a taping in Charlotte, North Carolina, for public radio's Marketplace, heard nationally by more than 4 million listeners each week.
>>> Thursday, May 23, 7:10 p.m., Racetalk with Larry Naston, KAVL 610-AM, Fox Sports, Los Angeles, California.
>>> Thursday, May 23, 8:20 p.m., Sports Talk, WIBC 1070-AM, Indianapolis, Indiana.
>>> Thursday, May 23, 8:30 p.m., World's Greatest Sports Talk Show, WISN 1130-AM, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
>>> Wednesday, May 22, 9:25 p.m., Total Sports Experience, WWTN 99.7-FM, Nashville, Tennessee.
>>> Tuesday, May 21, 9:30 a.m., Mark Johnson Show, WKDR 1390-AM, WDEV 550-AM and 96.1-FM, Burlington, Vermont.
>>> Monday, May 20, 5:45 p.m., Racing Wrap, WBCB 1490-AM, Philadelphia/Trenton, New Jersey.
>>> Monday, May 20, 6:45 p.m., BobbyMelton Show, WRJB 98.3-FM, Camden, Tennessee.
>>> Monday, May 20, 8:30 p.m., Motor Mondays, KGOZ 101.7-FM, Kansas City, Missouri.
>>> Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m., Racing World, WFIN 1330-AM, Toledo, Ohio.
>>> Sunday, May 19, 1 p.m., Denton Randall Show, WHAS 840-AM in Louisville, Kentucky.
>>> Friday, May 17, noon, Focus 580, WILL 580-AM, Chicago, Illinois, an NPR affiliate.
>>> Wednesday, May 15, 8:30 a.m., The Morning Show, KCFX 101.1-FM, Kansas City, Kansas.
>>> Wednesday, May 15, 10:20 a.m., Talladega Superspeedway Show, WJOX 690-AM, Birmingham, Alabama.
>>> Wednesday, May 15, 9:05 p.m., St. Louis Motorsports Weekly, KFNS 100.7-FM, St. Louis, Missouri.
>>> Monday, May 13, 5:25 p.m., Drive Time Sports, KTLK 760-AM, Denver, Colorado.
>>> Friday, May 10, 6:30 p.m., Wall to Wall Sports, WXYT 1270-AM, Detroit, Michigan.
>>> Wednesday, May 8, at 8:35, USA Radio Network. Catch it also on the web!
>>> NPR: Half-hour taping Wednesday, May 8, for later broadcast on KWGS, 89.5 FM, Tulsa Oklahoma's Intelligent Talk show.
>>> Thursday, May 2, 11 a.m., the Lead Lap show, WNOX 990-AM, Knoxville, TN; Thursday, May 2, 6:25 p.m., on Morgan Patrick's Sports Pig show, WRBZ 850-AM, Raleigh, N.C.
>>> Wednesday, May 1, 9:05 p.m., WPZZ 95.9-FM, in Indianapolis.
>>> Tuesday, April 30, 6:05 p.m., NASCAR Radio's Dialed-In.
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REVIEWS and PRINT INTERVIEWS in 2002 and 2003
-- To read an interview with the author conducted by the editor of Writers Write, or to learn more about the author and his five previous books, follow this link. An audio interview with NPR's Morning Edition is available through this Real Audio link.
-- CHARLOTTE OBSERVER (July 27, 2003) praises MEN AND SPEED, calling it a ``seamless, exciting narrative that never stalls. What gives MEN AND SPEED horsepower is the freedom Miller had. An award-winning author who had never written a sports book before, he writes from an outsider's perspective and consistently produces sharp, colorful observations."
-- RACING NEWS ONLINE (July 21, 2003) says: ``G. Wayne Miller spent a great deal of time covering Roush Racing, and the result is this excellent book. When it first appeared, it was hailed as one of the best books of the year. Now, Miller has added a new chapter covering the remarkable 2002 season - victories for Roush drivers and the unbelievable story of the plane crash that nearly killed Roush and the incredible rescue by ex-Marine Larry Hicks. " Read the full review.
-- HUNTINGTON, W. Va., NEWS says (July 21, 2003): ``If you're a NASCAR fan, this updated quality paperback edition-including details of the 2002 season-is a must-read book. If you aren't a race fan, give it a try; you might be surprised."
-- DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL (June 29, 2003) praises MEN AND SPEED, calling it "Eye-opening and provocative... Miller's conversations and brief biographies of Roush and his drivers are the most compelling portions of the book. Sure, the author allows plenty of room for racing play-by-play and inside-the-garage happenings. But revealing the humanity of these daredevils may be Miller's greatest accomplishment." The full review is here.
-- BALTIMORE SUN (November 24, 2002) includes MEN AND SPEED in its 2002 wrapup of good racing books.
-- PHILADELPHIA NEWS (November 14, 2002) names MEN AND SPEED one of the two best books on NASCAR in 2002.
-- BOOK OF THE MONTH CLUB editorial board praises MEN AND SPEED (July 30): ``If youíre a fan of NASCAR, this is the book for you. And if youíve ever wondered why this sport is so immensely popular, Miller gives you the reasons in one of the strongest narrative sports books since John Feinsteinís classic A Season on the Brink. Complete review through this link.
-- FOSTER'S SUNDAY CITIZEN (July 21): New Hampshire paper publishes major feature piece on book. Read it!
-- BOSTON GLOBE (July 3): ``It is this dance with death that journalist G. Wayne Miller captures in his thrilling book chronicling the season he spent on the NASCAR circuit with Jack Roush, one of the sport's
most visible car owners, and his team of four talented drivers.'' The full review is here.
-- RACING DIVA (June 20): ``A candid and no holds barred look at the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup season through the eyes of the Roush Racing fleet. If you are a fan of any or all of these teams, this will be required reading for you. Even if
your favorite is not a member of the Roush stable, itís still a fascinating inside look at the events of the last year.'' The full review is here.
-- MOTORSPORTSNEWS.NET (June 12): Web zine editor Mike Irwin said: ``I truly enjoyed this behind-the-scenes look at NASCAR Winston Cup racing in general, and Roush Racing's four Winston Cup drivers in particular... It offers a frank, sometimes not-so-NASCAR-politically-correct view.'' Read the review.
-- BOSTON METRO (June 7): This Boston-area newspaper said today: ``Here's a smart and informed chronicle of NASCAR's 2001 season, the year in which racing legend Dale Earnhardt died. Miller, a senior staffer at The Providence Journal, spent the entire year on the NASCAR circuit with big-time owner Jack Roush and four of his star Winston Cup drivers. The grit-and-glamour picture that emerges is so vivid you can practically smell the greased lightning."
-- RACINGONE.COM (June 4): Staff Writer Lee Montgomery wrote a nice feature on the evolution of the book. Read his account here.
-- RACINGNEWSONLINE (June 3): ``Miller, a senior staff writer at the Providence Journal, spent more than a year traveling the circuit to bring this compelling story to Nascar fans. His approach is smooth, concise, polished, and professional--an outstanding effort. The book will be interesting to a new fan; even more so for the experienced Cup follower--but above all it's a great book." The full review is here.
-- RACINGPRESS.COM (June 3): ``Men and Speed represents a new level of achievement in motorsports publishing -- a book written by an outsider that manages to maintain an
accurate context and tell personal stories without descending into the same tired stereotypes and mythmaking that other publications have embraced.
What you get from Men and Speed is exactly what the title claims -- the story of one breathtaking year in big-league stock car racing, seen through the
eyes of five very different personalities bound together in one team in a search for fame, glory, and victory, without the personal and emotional
baggage that comes with other insider stories written by those within the racing fraternity. Men and Speed should be a welcome and oft-visited addition to any sports fan's library." To read the full review, click here.
-- CHICAGO TRIBUNE (June 2): ``If you've ever been curious about what makes a man strap himself into a car and drive
in loops at 200 m.p.h., then journalist G. Wayne Miller's "Men and Speed" is for you.''
-- PROVIDENCE SUNDAY JOURNAL (June 2): ``An edge-of-your-seat read, a breakout book for a breakout season... Miller goes deeper than a simple insider's play-by-play of a season on the tracks. He delves into the lives of both Roush and his drivers for the behind-the-scenes stories.''
-- LIBRARY JOURNAL (June 1): ``Quite readable and brings a perspective from outside the usual enclave of Southern writers... Captures the many nuances of the American fascination with NASCAR racing. Recommended."
-- NEW YORK TIMES PRAISES BOOK (May 26): On the day that Mark Martin returned to Victory Lane for the first time since the 2000 season,
The New York Times had this to say about MEN AND SPEED: "Miller, a writer at The Providence Journal and the
author of several well-received nonfiction books, had total access to the Jack Roush Racing Team for the
2001-2 season, and he made excellent use of it. Roush, who recently survived the crash of a jet he was
piloting, is at least as exciting a character as his drivers ó Mark Martin, Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth and
Kurt Busch ó and Miller's insights into the economic, technological and emotional workings of a top
team are fresh and valuable. Miller manages to make a dense season an easy read."
-- PRAISE FROM WEB PUBLISHER AND EDITOR (May 7): "Men and Speed gives a whole new meaning to the phrase 'behind the scenes'. Miller brings us into the garage, transporters,
motorcoachs and mindsets of the drivers and executives that make Roush Racing tick. You won't find a more comprehensive
account of the sport, which could easily take the casual fan and convert them into a diehard." -- Mike Calinoff, StockCarCity.
-- MAS CALLED "MESMERIZING" (May 2): In the book's first review since publication yesterday, Writers Write, The Internet Writing Journal, had this to say: "A mesmerizing portrait of an incredibly dangerous and exciting
sport. The book is compelling with its attention to detail, humor and real compassion for its subjects: the men who will endure just about anything for another trip to Victory Lane. Miller has Tom Wolfe's eye for detail and ear for conversations, and his insights are always informative and entertaining. His prose
style reads more like a compelling novel than a nonfiction work, and those not familiar with racing will easily forget that these gripping tales are real -- not imagined. The moving stories of bravery, winning, and defeat, and the exploration of the addictive nature of speed make this a must-read: not only for
race fans, but for non-enthusiasts who will finally understand once and for all what all the fuss is about. Highly recommended."
-- WEBMASTER ENDORSEMENT (April 9) One of the first to read the complete book, Dan Villeneuve, webmaster of NHJEFFBURTONFAN.COM had this to say: ``You left me in absolute awe over this incredible machine that Jack Roush has built and nurtured. This is definitely a
book that has been long overdue for us NASCAR fans, and Roush Racing fans in particular!''
-- A nice mention appeared March 21 in
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Said columnist Dave Kallmann: ``Newspaperman-author G. Wayne Miller promises his inside look at Roush Racing will have quite
a bit on Matt Kenseth, a favorite in these parts.''
-- Second pre-pub review: Appeared March 5 on
StockCarCity. Columnist Bob Schaller called MEN AND SPEED ``A title race fans will be talking about for years to come.''
-- The first pre-publication review: Appeared January 29 in the
Las Vegas Sun. NASCAR columnist Brian Hilderbrand wrote: ``The book promises to give readers a unique glimpse of the sport and its drivers.''
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THREE SUMMER OF '03 CONTESTS and other cool stuff!
-- To celebrate the new edition, menandspeed.com will sponsor three contests during the summer of 2003. Prizes will include books and hats autographed by the five Roush Cup drivers,
media guides, programs, and other cool stuff available nowhere else.
-- PART III NOW OPEN (July 28)! This contest includes four prizes: 1.) A copy of the new edition signed by Jack Roush, Kurt Busch, Jimmy Fennig, Jack's son Jack Jr., and many more; 2.) same as no. 1; 3.) a Winston No Bull $1,000,000 bill from Mark Martin's 2002 Coca Cola 600; and 4.) a media guide package, with Mark and Kurt on the cover, a series of guide books and updates never available for sale! To enter, send a postcard with your name, address, and name of favorite driver, along with the answer to this question: ``Who is the driver talking about his championship hopes on page 292 of the new edition?'' Send all entries -- one per person please -- to Men and Speed, PO Box 384, Pascoag, RI 02859. Winners will be announced Sunday, Aug. 24, 2003.
-- PART II WINNERS ANNOUNCED (July 8, 2003)! Hats signed by your favorite drivers go to: Laura Larson (Jeff Burton), Capt. Michael C. Greene (Kurt Busch), William Gallagher (Greg Biffle), Allegra Young (Matt Kenseth), and Scott Wilcox (Mark Martin). And check back soon for Part III of the contest!
-- AND THE WINNERS OF PART I OF THE SUMMER OF '03 CONTEST ARE: Mike Sneed, Robert Prior, Jason Nelson, Deborah Finck, and Doug Reed. Congrats to all! (announced June 6, 2003)
-- Here's what the summer of 2002 book tour looked like:
-- JACK ROUSH joins Wayne Miller in a book signing from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, September 14, 2002, at the No. 6 Mark Martin souvenir trailer at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, N.H. Please join us in what may be the last book signing until the new edition is released next year!
-- BOOK TOUR rolls into Bristol, Tennessee, Thursday, August 22, for the Night Race weekend. I will be signing copies of the book with Kurt Busch at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 24, at the No. 97 souvenir trailer. Also, book giveaways all weekend long at the Sharpie/Rubbermaid hospitality tent and VIP suite! AND check back for live insider pics from Bristol Motor Speedway. FINALLY, please note that due to the enormous interest, I have extended the contest deadline through August 24, and the drawing will now be held Wednesday, August 28 -- not at Bristol, as originally planned.
-- MICHIGAN SIGNING CONFIRMED FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 15! Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch and Jon Wood will be joining the author for a signing of MEN AND SPEED -- and Roush souvenirs and collectibles -- from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, August 15, at The Roush Racing Store, 32675 Schoolcraft Road, Livonia, Michigan, 48150. AND IF HE CAN MAKE IT back from a West Coast trip in time, Jack Roush will join us! For further information, call 800-519-4410 or 734-513-4424. And please check back for more Michigan events...
-- BRICKYARD 400 WEEKEND will feature signings at the Roush souvenir trailers. Schedule will be posted on the trailers as it is finalized -- but Saturday, August 3, is the likely day for one of the drivers and me (perhaps Kurt, whose birthday is Aug. 4!) to appear.
-- ONLY RHODE ISLAND SIGNING, reading and discussion will be at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 27, at Borders, in the Providence Place Mall. Please join us!
-- BOOK TOUR IV (July 15): After a slow July, the tour resumes with signings, contests, and more at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Brickyard 400 weekend, August 2 to August 4. Details soon -- please check back!
-- BOOK TOUR III (June 19): Brings the author to Madison, Wisconsin, for a signing, reading and discussion Thursday at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at the University Bookstore, 711 State Street.
-- BOOK TOUR II (June 14): Second leg of the tour arrives in Michigan this week, with a Friday taping for NPR (to be broadcast Sunday), live radio broadcasts from the speedway on Saturday and Sunday, book giveaways (at the track, and on Michigan radio stations WTKA and WDFN), and a signing with Jack Roush at the No. 6 souvenir trailer on Saturday, immediately following the end of Happy Hour practice (about 12:30 p.m.) Make sure to come back next week, for the next Insider's Report and exclusive photos!
-- SIGNING WITH KURT BUSCH! From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, May 26, at the No. 97 souvenir trailer, Speedway Blvd., across from Lowe's Motor Speedway. Please join us!
-- FIRST LEG OF BOOK TOUR began Wednesday, May 22, in Charlotte, with a signing at Books-A-Million, see below. This leg of the tour also features live radio interviews, a taping for public radio's Marketplace, and signings at the Roush souvenir trailers on Saturday, May 25. The tour continues June 13 - June 16 in Michigan, and June 27 - June 30 in Milwaukee. Please check back here for details.
-- MEET MATT KENSETH AND KURT BUSCH!!! And the author, at a Coca Cola 600 Week book signing 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 22, Books A Million, 8301 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord Mills, N.C., Exit 49 on Interstate 85, near Lowe's Motor Speedway. For further details, call the store at 704-979-8300.
-- NEWSPAPER SERIES (April 7) Beginning today, and running daily on the front page through Sunday, April 14, The Providence Journal is running an eight-part series that accompanies the book. The series will have outstanding photos and must-see graphics -- but despite the unusual space devoted to the topic, the newspaper series is but a fraction of what's in the book! So consider the series just a tease...
-- REVISED RELEASE DATE (April 2) Publisher informs that the book should be in full national distribution the first week of May, earlier than expected.
-- BOOK OF THE MONTH CLUB! (March 30) Have just received word that MEN AND SPEED has been selected by the Book of the Month Club as an offering to members. Very few books every year are chosen by BOMC, and this is an honor that will bring the title to a wide audience.
-- LAUNCH NEWS. (March 24) Plans are now underway to launch the book in Charlotte the week before the Coca Cola 600. One major event will be a signing with Jack Roush and some of the drivers at a bookstore near Lowe's Motor Speedway. ALSO, events are being scheduled in the Detroit area near the June 16 race at Michigan. Check back for details as they emerge...
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