The Daytona 500

The Thrill and Thunder of the Great American Race

From the Series Spectacular Sports

  • Interest Level: Grade 5 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Who won the first Daytona 500? What do teams do to prepare their cars for 500 miles of hard, high-speed racing? Who gave the Daytona 500 the nickname the “Great American Race”? Learn all about stock car racing’s biggest event and the drivers and crew who make it possible in this fascinating, fact-filled book. You will join in the excitement of forty-three cars running nose-to-tail and side-by-side at almost 200 miles per hour. You’ll also discover the rich history of stock car racing and find out why it’s one of the most popular sports around.

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Interest Level Grade 5 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Social Studies
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Sports
Copyright 2011
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 64
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 6.3
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
Dewey 796.720975921
Graphics 1-color illustrations, Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9 x 9
Lexile 910
ATOS Reading Level 5.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 142475
Accelerated Reader® Points 2.0
Features Glossary, Reviewed, Table of contents, and Teaching Guides

Author: Nancy Roe Pimm

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Nancy Roe-Pimm spent a lot of time reading books and fantasizing about living on a horse farm in Montana. She married a rodeo cowboy who soon became a professional race car driver. After working in the pits for ten years on the Indy and NASCAR circuits, Nancy wrote children's books on the Indy 500 and the Daytona 500. Due to her love of animals and her affiliation with the Columbus Zoo, she has two nonfiction books about gorillas, The Heart of the Beast: Eight Great Gorilla Stories and Colo's Story: The Life Of One Grand Gorilla.

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The Horn Book Guide

“Pimm effectively blends history, statistics, and NASCAR lore into an engaging, satisfying story of one of the most famous car races in the world. Chapters detail the birthplace of the Daytona 500, memorable wins by Allison, Earnhardt, and McMurray, and information about stock cars themselves. A well-chosen collection of archival and contemporary photographs enhance the volume.” —The Horn Book Guide

School Library Journal

“While not as heady as the scent of hot engine oil or as dramatic as a 10,000 rpm engine at full throttle, this colorful entry should still have young race fans wheedling for a ‘Speedweeks’ vacation and dreaming of a place in a pit box.” —School Library Journal


“Pimm, who worked in the pit box during her husband Ed Pimm’s NASCAR racing days, offers an informative introduction to the Daytona 500…. A solid entry on stock-car racing.” —Booklist