The NASCAR Novel – For Steven

in Fiction

A very good friend of mine – Steven T. (you know who you are) – suggested I write a NASCAR story. Steven loves NASCAR. I mean LOVES. He likes to show me the highlights of the races when I come over to visit him and his wife. My dad raced cars and built engines for other people’s race cars. He won little tiny trophies for his racing, but huge, gaudy trophies for his engines. Dad raced formula V up and down the California circuit. He often took my older brother. He never took me.

I was probably too young. But I dated racers when I was old enough and spent some time on the track. So I like race cars. And I enjoyed the culture. Now, that was a long time ago, so if I were to really write NASCAR mysteries, or romances, I’d have to do some serious research. Anybody got an in with a NASCAR driver?

Anyway after Steven mentioned the possibility of a racing novel I wrote the first paragraph. I’m sharing it with you all, in the hopes that one of you will be interested and get me into the infield to talk to drivers and crews.


I started out as a driver. I drove my dad’s cast off formula V when I was eighteen, and moved up from there. I’d wanted to be a good driver, a winning driver. The kind that tempers speed and aggression with skill, common sense and keeps a cool head under pressure. Turns out, when you put me behind the wheel of a 3.4 ton race car, I’m kind of a hot head. I earned the nickname Crash pretty early on and it’s stuck with me.

So I went to school, earned a degree in Engineering and now I’m a crew chief. As long as I’m not driving I can keep a pretty cool head and the one person who doesn’t call me Crash is my driver.


There you go. the first paragraph and a half. What do you think, should I keep going?

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Delia October 27, 2011 at 9:24 am

I know nothing about NASCAR (my hubs and son watch Formula One when they watch at all), but I don’t think it matters. You’re doing it as a romance, right? I mean, you need to get your setting correct, but if it’s romance, it’s still just a setting. Also, I love that she’s the crew chief. It’s a great dynamic (I’m assuming here that the crew chief and the driver are the future lovers, which could be wrong).

Basically, I’m no help.


Julie October 27, 2011 at 1:51 am

I adore you, adore your writing, actually even really like cars, but …. not at ALL interested in racing. I’d read it, because it was yours.


Skye October 26, 2011 at 12:45 pm

I like it! I’ve read several romances set in the car racing world and found them a bit too much about the cars and drivers and a little bit light on the actual relationship. But I find myself intrigued already. Of course, your writing style is so attractive that I just want to read what you say.


Kate George/Bodacious Betty October 26, 2011 at 12:14 pm

The driver doesn’t call her Crash because she’s kind of in charge of making sure he doesn’t crash. As much as she can be. Obviously, if he doesn’t drive well he could crash, but that wouldn’t be her fault.

It would be bad luck to call her Crash.


Judie October 26, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I’m not into racing but it sounds interesting – I want to know why the driver doesn’t call your MC crash.


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