Young Guns
Young Guns

Young Guns

Celebrating NASCAR's Hottest Young Drivers
By Woody Cain, By Jason Mitchell, By Karen Poole, Compiled by The Charlotte Observer


144 Pages, 9 x 11

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $17.95 (US $17.95) (CA $19.95)

ISBN 9781572435223

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Oct 2002)

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The young stars of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series have never been brighter, and their exciting stories from racing culture, both on and off the track, are collected here in this entertaining book that both profiles and celebrates the next generation of stock car competition. Fans and experts alike once thought that drivers needed several years to get the experience and track time necessary to compete at the Winston Cup level, but these eight young drivers have bucked that trend and are winning on a regular basis. Information in included on Jeff Gordon—one of the first standout rookies—and Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, and, of course, Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Author Biography

Woody Cain is the editor of University City Magazine and a journalist who has covered motorsports for radio, television, and print since 1987. He is the host of Let's Talk Racing and an announcer of Around the Track television specials. He is a former radio sports director at WEGO-AM and WABZ-FM in North Carolina. He lives in Concord, North Carolina. Jason Mitchell is a freelance writer who has been printed in such publications as Stock Car Racing magazine, NASCAR Magazine, Inside NASCAR, Racing Milestones, Last Lap, and on He lives in Concord, North Carolina. David Poole is a sportswriter with the Charlotte Observer. He has won multiple awards for his coverage from the Associated Press Sports Editors and the National Motorsports Press Association, including the latter's George Cunningham Award. He lives in Gastonia, North Carolina. The Charlotte Observer is the most-circulated newspaper in North Carolina. The paper was founded in 1886 and has received four Pulitzer Prizes.

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The popularity of NASCAR has never been greater than it is this season. There is little coincidence that the widespread fame of the sport hits its pinnacle at a time when the largest number of young drivers are circling the track.

Young Guns: Celebrating NASCAR\'s Hottest Young Drivers by the Charlotte Observer allows fans everywhere a close look at the next generation of drivers who will steer the sport into the future.

Replete with hundreds of vivid, four-color photos throughout, Young Guns examines the life of eight drivers who either already lead the pack or are expected to make a move to the front this season:


Kurt Busch (car No. 97): finished 2002 season third overall in points; won four races including three of the last four of the season


Dale Earnhardt Jr (No. 8): son of the legend, his two wins at Talladega in 2002 would be considered a career for many drivers


Jeff Gordon (No. 24): fourth in 2002 points total, this 31-year-old is considered by most fans to be the \'old man\' of the Young Guns after having led the field for years


Kevin Harvick (No. 29): finished in the top 10 eight times in 2002, including taking the checkered flag at Chicagoland


Jimmie Johnson (No. 48): consist throughout the 2002 season, he took the checkered flag three times and finished fifth overall in points


Matt Kenseth (No. 17): had a series-high five first place finishes in 2002, finished the season eighth in overall points


Ryan Newman (No. 12): in a head-turning rookie season, he recorded 14 top-five finishes and ended the season sixth overall in points


Tony Stewart (No. 20): in his third season, he captured the Winston Cup Series championship with a season-high 15 top-five finishes

Whether you\'re a long-time NASCAR fan or just getting into racing for the first time, Young Guns has the biographies, photos and statistics you need to relate to the up-and-coming stars of NASCAR.