Author Bob Englehart On Hand For Book Signing Sunday At Stafford Speedway Spring Sizzler

Bob Englehart BookAuthor Bob Englehart will be on hand at Stafford Motor Speedway on Sunday to sign copies of his recently published book “Trackrat: Memoir Of A Fan”.

The book centers around short track racing. Englehart, the editorial cartoonist at the Hartford Courant, embedded himself within the short track racing community in Southern New England to create the book.

Below is a short description from Englehart:

What compels a young man or woman to spend ungodly amounts of money driving a racecar every weekend at the local track, risking life and limb at 150 miles an hour, entertaining friends and total strangers? Author editorial cartoonist Bob Englehart had to find out after witnessing the tragic wreck that killed Boston-area driver Shane Hammond at Thompson International Speedway. This non-fiction book explores a slice of American culture, the short track racing obsession, and how the author became a fan as a child, bedridden for a year by rheumatic fever with only his imagination, pencils, and watercolors to pass the time. The author writes about his parents’ divorces and remarriages during an era when divorce was rare, giving him and his brother Tim a stigma in their neighborhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The author discovers the extraordinary motivation behind Shane Hammond’s desire to race by a chance encounter with his mother and younger brother in the pits at the last race of the season. Trackrat: Memoir of a Fan is about love of family in spite of the complexity and confusion it may involve and the author’s working class heroes on the track. This isn’t NASCAR; this is your neighbor.

Englehart will be selling copies of the book Sunday for $20 (including tax, cash or check, no credit cards) on the midway at Stafford Speedway and he will be on hand to autograph them.

For those interested, Englehart will be set up on the midway at Stafford in the area behind turn four on Sunday.

The paperback is now available through Amazon. It is also available for Kindle.

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