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NASCAR Fiction by Sharyn McCrumb

Updated on September 24, 2014
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Fiction Author Sharyn McCrumb's NASCAR books are for everyone!

Everyone will enjoy the NASCAR Fiction by Sharyn McCrumb.
Everyone will enjoy the NASCAR Fiction by Sharyn McCrumb.

Could Dale Earnhardt Sr. be a Saint?

Last year, I was searching the stacks in my local library for a new book to read. I remembered meeting Sharyn McCrumb years ago at a writer's conference and quite enjoyed talking with her.

This author writes a decent mystery--which is my favorite genre, so I ambled over to the Large Print (easier on the eyes) book section hoping to find a good read by Ms. McCrumb.

Lo and behold I saw the book St. Dale! What could this novel be about? I read the flap; it sounded interesting and fun. (Fictional account of a bus tour honoring the memory of Dale Earnhardt, Sr.)

My opinion: It was a blast to read! Learned a lot of interesting history about NASCAR racing, too. I could finally tell my husband something he didn't know about Dale, Sr. and NASCAR. I am reluctant to tell you that I did not notice the similarities to The Canterbury Tales. I really should have made that connection as I majored in English in college. I got an A for the course, too. It was a long time ago, though, but that is NO excuse.

Ms. McCrumb has also written another novel and several short stories with a racing connection.

Keep on moving down to find out more.

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Sharyn McCrumb and Ward Burton.

Photo by Lisa Kipps-Brown.

I personally received permission to use the NASCAR related images from Ms. McCrumb.

St. Dale has been called the modern day "Canturbury Tales":

The link below is found on McCrumb's website. The image above can be found there. On that site, the author discusses the relationship of St. Dale to The Canturbury Tales. I must go re-read this novel with due diligence. It probably would not hurt to find the Cliff Notes for Chaucer, as well.

Sharyn McCrumb's Racy books on Amazon - NASCAR Fiction--Great Books for Her!

St. Dale
St. Dale

Fascinating book with lots of NASCAR trivia. I totally enjoyed it.


NASCAR Fiction Discussed or Revealed on the Internet:

At one time, NASCAR had plans to publish fiction books set at the races. It seems that paperback books would definitely have a place at the track. I can just see all the women reading during the "down" time during races. I know I get bored watching cars race in a circle, especially when my favorite driver is not in the chase.

Sharyn McCrumb's Official Website

If you care to visit Sharyn McCrumb's website, the link is provided below. This talented author has more than just NASCAR fiction to her credit. I have read a few of her mysteries and am looking forward to discovering a few of her Appalachian inspired tales

A few memorable quotes from the website below about St. Dale by author Sharyn McCrumb:

"He is a 21st century St. Thomas a Becket: a poor boy who made good in a system stacked against him, and who retained his humility to the last."

"In my novels, I try to explain Southern traditions and combat unthinking stereotypes about the South," McCrumb says. "There is no sport more maligned than NASCAR racing."

NASCAR Short Stories by Sharyn McCrumb:

For those of you who need NASCAR and fiction in small, short doses the book shown below (available on Amazon) might just be the ticket!

Blood Lite: An Anthology of Humorous Horror Stories Presented by the Horror Writers Association
Blood Lite: An Anthology of Humorous Horror Stories Presented by the Horror Writers Association

Features a short story by McCrumb, "Dear Hand". The story of a struggling racing team who used a little Cherokee magic to help them compete against the rich and powerful teams in NASCAR. (summary from McCrumb's weppage)

Poe: 19 New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe
Poe: 19 New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe

A short story anthology in tribute to the centennial of Edgar Allan Poe. Ms. McCrumb's story,

"The Mountain House" is included. It is about the widow of a NASCAR driver retreats to her north Georgia vacation home, and finds that it is indeed "close to heaven." (found on Ms. McCrumb's wepsite)


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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Very cool site. It's amazing to me everything that goes into race car driving. I've never been a big fan but the info you posted here was pretty interesting. I've always heard some drivers credit their early start at childhood with their go karts. I'd love it if you'd check out my site at .

      Take care

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      DUMC 8 years ago

      Never heard of Sharyn before reading this lens!