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The Rock-em, Sock-em, Travelin' Sideways Dirt Show:
A History of Robert Smawley's NDRA
Author Gary L. Parker
ISBN 978-1-935186-69-4
Publisher Waldenhouse Publishers, Inc.
Description 6" x 9" softcover; 186 pages on arcival paper; $24.95; 164 color photographs; Front cover art by Kent Harrelson;Foreword by Rodney Combs
Availability September 2016
Order from Author
1517 Maxwell Road
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37412
eparker0923@gmail.com
423-580-2690
or go to www.amazon.com
Other Books by this author:
Red Clay and Dust: The Evolution of Southern Dirt Racing
Herb "Tootle" Estes: The Little Engine That Could
Buck Simmons: The Living Legend
Tells the story of the first national touring series for dirt late models. Robert Smawley, founder of the National Dirt Racing Association (NDRA) was a visionary promoter who was clearly years ahead of his time. He brought money and national fame to late model dirt racing and its drivers. His series changed the sport of dirt racing forever. All of today's national touring series owe their beginnings to Smawley and his "travelin' dirt show."
Library of Congress Control Number: 2016900468
Front cover art by Kent Harrelson
Foreword by Rodney Combs
SPO028000 Sports & Recreation - Motor Sports
SPO019000 Sports & Recreation - History
TRA001050 Transportation: Automotive - History
HIS036120 History: United States - South
 

The NDRA brought money, fame, and national recognition to late model dirt racing. This is a must read for any fan of today's dirt late model national touring series. See how it was all started by a visionary showman and promoter by the name of Robert Smawley in the late 1970s.

Other books by this author:
Red Clay and Dust: The Evolution of Southern Dirt Racing
© 2015Gary L. Parker ISBN: 978-1-935186-61-8
Herb "Tootle" Estes: The Little Engine That Could
© 2016 Gary L.arker ISBN: 978-1-935186-
To order contact the author, or go to www.amazon.com

About the Author:
Gary Parker racing historian, has been around the sport of dirt late model racing for over 50 years. He is a voting member of the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame and is a contributor to the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. He holds a masters degree in anthropology from Vermont College and a PhD. in anthropology from City University of Los Angeles. He lives with his wife, Elaine, in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Bill Holder, a writer and founder of The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame, says Parker's first book, RED CLAY AND DUST is the "Holy Grail" of books on the evolution of the dirt late model.

Parker's second book, THE ROCK-EM, SOCK-EM, TRAVELIN' SIDEWAYS DIRT SHOW, is a history of the first national touring series for dirt late models. The National Dirt Racing Association (NDRA) was the dream of Kingsport, Tennessee's Robert Smawley, a visionary racing promoter who was clearly years ahead of his time. This is a must read for any dirt race fan.

HERB "TOOTLE" ESTES: THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD, is Parker's third book. It follows the career of a unique racing legend, Knoxville, Tennessee's Herb "Tootle" Estes.

Parker has been involved with late model dirt racing for fifty years. He has worked in the pits with such racing icons a Jody Ridley and H. E. Vineyard. He continues writing about his favorite subject, late model dirt racing. Look for more of his books on dirt racing soon.

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