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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (210 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sharyn McCrumb Narrator: Nicole Poole Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2007 ISBN: 9781436126359
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Racing fans have never seen anything like it—and they’ve seen plenty—the first all-women’s team in stock-car racing history. Already a national sensation, the spotlight heats up when financial challenges force Team 86 to hire a male “wheel man.”

And Badger Jenkins is a man all right—a sweet-faced Georgian who oozes aw-shucks charm off the track and unleashes blistering speed in competition. But the real Badger is a hard man to know. Just ask the women whose job it is to keep both car and driver in one piece.

From crew chief and team manager Tuggle to engine specialist Rosalind Manning, publicist Melanie Sark and diehard fan Taran Stiles, this asphalt sisterhood will power through a racing season of dizzying highs and terrifying lows to prove that women can do a man’s job. And when the unthinkable happens, each will realize that they’ve been hurtling at breakneck speed toward a moment that will change them forever.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Beguiling…A heartwarming story that celebrates loyalty and love.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “The concept of this book—an all-female NASCAR team)is a good one, and McCrumb provides plenty of well-researched, behind-the-scenes details about the sport…A very readable story about a year in the life of a NASCAR team.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “Nicole Poole delivers the narrative parts with just a hint of a drawl. Further, she aptly plays each of the women who revolve around Badger—love-struck engineer Taryn, devious publicist Sark, tough crew chief Grace, slimy manager Melodie. Poole especially brings out Badger’s naïveté and ‘aw-shucks’ niceness. There’s lots of detail about racing and the NASCAR circuit, which adds to this satisfying…drama.”

    AudioFile

  • “McCrumb’s detailed descriptions of the pit crew at work are so strong you can almost smell the motor oil.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 1/17/2014

    " If you love NASCAR, you'll like this book. Thanks to Susan for sharing it with me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arlene | 1/13/2014

    " Interesting peek inside Nascar teams, with lots of interesting characters, many of whom are introduced and then dropped, but I liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/6/2014

    " I still love her writing but this is the second NASCAR novel and it's just not something I care about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Delores | 1/5/2014

    " Easy read but not what I would call a page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 1/3/2014

    " Wow! I didn't realize there was so much involved in auto racing! This is a well developed novel of a women's race team for NASCAR. I enjoyed every word of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne Bringley | 12/19/2013

    " Lots of Nascar trivia and a pretty good story. Kept my interest but I thought the story wrapped up too fast at the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ray Charbonneau | 12/14/2013

    " OK as a guide for newbie NASCAR fans, but a failure as a novel. Still, she writes well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cswallen | 11/30/2013

    " It was ok. Not a mystery. If you're interested in NASCAR, it gives you a little info. About a female NASCAR team. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy Sabot | 11/27/2013

    " Not terrible but I sure like her other books better. Something about it seemed like a poorly done condensed novel - like pieces were missing "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 11/13/2013

    " 2.5 really. Her other books are much better! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa Bauer | 4/17/2013

    " Not one of the better Nascar books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicky Lewis | 12/14/2012

    " If I didn't know a little about NASCAR because my husband was a fan, I might not have like this book as much...interesting reading and I learned a bunch about the sport. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista | 11/19/2012

    " If you've ever had a celebrity crush, this will be a fun beach read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zgardenldy | 9/18/2012

    " I am not a Nascar Fan - but I loved this book!! Again Ms McCrumb tells a great story, and provides well developed characters. She gives me a pride in my Appalachian Heritage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iris | 8/26/2012

    " Not your typical NASCAR book. It was ok not the best I've ever read but not the worst. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristine | 3/3/2012

    " Totally enjoyed and learned more about car racing which I did not know. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grace | 2/2/2012

    " Even though I am not a big NASCAR fan, I enjoyed the plotting, characters, and humor McCrumb exhibits in this novel. She has intricately researched the racing world and makes it fascinating even to the uninitiated. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruth | 12/27/2011

    " Story of female Nascar team owners financing a female pit crew. It started out light and funny and was a slow drive to boring and uneventful. Disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lola4 | 9/27/2011

    " I enjoyed this book immensely, but not quite as much as St. Dale with its more appealing cast of characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 4/13/2011

    " I love Sharyn McCrumb, and Once Around the Track features her trademark humor and excellent characters. However, the book's gushiness on the subject of NASCAR (and the magic properties of the firesuit) were a little heavy handed for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicky | 2/7/2011

    " If I didn't know a little about NASCAR because my husband was a fan, I might not have like this book as much...interesting reading and I learned a bunch about the sport. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 1/29/2011

    " If you love NASCAR, you'll like this book. Thanks to Susan for sharing it with me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 1/22/2011

    " Not terrible but I sure like her other books better. Something about it seemed like a poorly done condensed novel - like pieces were missing "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 10/3/2010

    " Not one of the better Nascar books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 8/5/2010

    " I love Sharyn McCrumb, and Once Around the Track features her trademark humor and excellent characters. However, the book's gushiness on the subject of NASCAR (and the magic properties of the firesuit) were a little heavy handed for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lola4 | 8/1/2010

    " I enjoyed this book immensely, but not quite as much as St. Dale with its more appealing cast of characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 8/2/2009

    " I still love her writing but this is the second NASCAR novel and it's just not something I care about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zgardenldy | 7/11/2008

    " I am not a Nascar Fan - but I loved this book!! Again Ms McCrumb tells a great story, and provides well developed characters. She gives me a pride in my Appalachian Heritage. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Delores | 5/19/2008

    " Easy read but not what I would call a page turner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cswallen | 2/7/2008

    " It was ok. Not a mystery. If you're interested in NASCAR, it gives you a little info. About a female NASCAR team. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arlene | 1/5/2008

    " Interesting peek inside Nascar teams, with lots of interesting characters, many of whom are introduced and then dropped, but I liked it. "

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About the Author
Author Sharyn McCrumb

Sharyn McCrumb is the New York Times bestselling author of The Rosewood Casket, She Walks These Hills, The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter, If I Ever Return, and many more acclaimed novels. Her books have been named Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, and she has been honored for Outstanding Contribution to Appalachian Literature. Her awards include Best Appalachian Novel, the Agatha, and the Anthony as well as the Edgar Award and the Nero Award. McCrumb is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, and holds an MA in English from Virginia Tech.

About the Narrator

Nicole Poole is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator, commercial voice talent, veteran soundpainter, and owner of the O. Gail Poole Collection. She is also a staunch supporter of the arts and travels around the globe with a mobile recording studio.