#258, NASCAR at 75 detailed by four authors in new book

James Raia

Jimmy Creed, born and raised in Talladega, Alabama, is a decades-long journalist whose interest in motorsports and specifically NASCAR racing began when he was a young boy.

Creed knows the city’s famous racetrack as well as any journalist. He cultivated his knowledge in his long tenure as the sports editor of The Anniston Star in nearby Anniston, Alabama.

As one of four writers who’ve collaborated to write NASCAR 75, a definitive volume of the legendary sport, Creed is our guest this week on The Weekly Driver Podcast.

Talladega International Superspeedwayis prominently featured in the new book NASCAR 75.
Talladega International Superspeedway is prominently featured in the new book NASCAR 75.

Co-hosts Bruce Aldrich and James Raia speak with the veteran journalist about his lifetime involvement in motor racing and his participation in compiling the text and images of the coffee table-sized book.

“You really can’t go into anything with a pre-conceived notion,” says Creed, who also wrote a biography of famous driver Donnie Allison. “When I first got this assignment, I sat down and I knew I was going to have to talk about the evolution of the cars.


“I knew the ’80s started the restrictor plates, so I was going to write about that, and I knew I was going to write about Dale Earnhardt and his emergence. And I did touch on it. But when I researched it what surprised even me was that Darrell Waltrip just dominated the 1980s.”

With sections also authored by veteran journalists Al Pearce, Mike Hembree and Kelly Crandall, NASCAR 75 captures the greatest moments throughout the sport’s decades.

According to its marketing materials, NASCAR 75 covers the sport “from the beaches of Daytona to the jaw-clenching competition, the mind-bending technology, the triumphs, the teamwork, and the high-speed thrills.”

Large-format photography from throughout NASCAR history ideally complements the text. The authors cover the evolution of the vehicles—from modified family sedans to 700-horsepower race-built behemoths to the “Next Gen” cars that debuted in 2022.

The book celebrates the drivers who have mastered the tracks in Daytona, Talladega, Darlington, Las Vegas and other cities. The sport’s icons — Richard Petty to Dale Earnhardt and Darrell Waltrip to Kyle Busch — are all profiled.

Also reported on is the history of the series while celebrating crew chiefs, pit crews and owners on and around the superspeedways, short tracks and road courses.

Join us for our varied 30-minute conversation with Creed, a writer whose passion for motor racing is infectious — even after all these years.

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Article Last Updated: April 7, 2023.

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