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In the Blink of an Eye

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Go from go karts to the highest levels of NASCAR For the first time ever Michael Waltrip tells the full revealing story of how he got to Daytona what happened there and the huge impact it had on so many in the racing world He reveals for the first time how his own life changed as he dealt with guilt faced his grief and searched for the fortitude to climb into a race car again It's an inspiring and powerful story told with Michael's trademark humor honesty and irreverence It's a story of family fulfillment and redemption and well earned victory in the end I ripped through Michael Waltrip's book In The Blink Of An Eye literall

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There was one lap to go in the 2001 Daytona 500 NASCAR's most celebrated event Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Jr were running one two Junior's legendary dad the driver race fans called The Intimidator was close behind in third blocking anyone who might try to pass Waltrip couldn't stop thinking about all the times he'd struggled to stay ahead and the 462 NASCAR Cup races he'd lost without a single win He'd been a race car driver all his adult life following in the footsteps of his brother Darrell a three time NASCAR champion And his losing streak was My aunt lent me this book in advance of the 2011 Daytona 500 She was a

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Getting painful every race But this day he knew could be different He was driving for Dale Earnhardt now racing as a team with his close friend and mentor Yet as his car roared toward the finish line ending that losing streak once and for all Waltrip had no clue that the greatest triumph of his life could get mired in terrible tragedy This is the story of that fateful afternoon in Daytona a day whose echoes are still heard today But the story begins years earlier in a small town in Kentucky with a boy who dreamed of racing cars a boy who was determined to remember that fateful day in February of 2001 I watched that race It wa


10 thoughts on “In the Blink of an Eye

  1. says:

    This is a combination of biography and memoir The first third is about Waltrip's racing from a child through to having a 463 0 record in the top racing circle he had wins in other levels auto racing is nothing if not complex The middle third is about his being asked to be a part of a third team with his long time good friend Dale Earnhardt Sr and it is during this third that the tragedy happened this is public record there was a death in a car crash and the final third deals with the aftermath and what happened laterThis is readable than some of the auto racing nonfiction I've read for a reading challengegame but I can honestly say that once this is over I won't be retaining a lot of detail because I don't care enough about all the parts of racing cars and I would never be one to suffer that much or put myself in such danger to win a race nor am I a car aficionado That said my eldest daughter planned to be a race car driver for a couple of years starting when she was 4 or 5 and I did watch a stock car race in Ohio once that was enough since they are LOUD This book thankfully does not spend time delving into how cars are built and all of the parts etc the way some of them doIf American auto racing history is up your alley this is a book to read


  2. says:

    My aunt lent me this book in advance of the 2011 Daytona 500 She was a lifelong Dale Earnhardt fan so being able to read Michael Waltrip's perspective on The Intimidator's influence and the highs and lows of that fateful day in 2001 I'm sure helped answer some lingering uestions as the 10th anniversary of his passing approaches For me I've been loyal to a different driver and actually was anti Earnhardt back in 2000 when he was challenging my guy Bobby Labonte for the title That said I knew about Waltrip's futility streak and once the car of Labonte's teammate landed on Labonte's hood taking him out of the race it was hard not to root for Waltrip and his chance of breaking that streak and thought it was great that Earnhardt had given him the opportunity to run a car capable of doing soThe early part of this book is about Michael Waltrip and the path he took to be driving in the #15 Napa Chevy in the 2001 Daytona 500 Despite his brother Darrell being a famous NASCAR driver already well established Darrell played a minor role in the book as the brothers were never teammates and their age gap meant that Darrell was an adult and out of the house before he and Michael could build a strong relationship I found this section of the book interesting and necessary to build up to 'the Day' but understand that this is as much an autobiography of Waltrip as it is his reflection of his 2001 Daytona 500 experienceOf all the drivers who ran that race Waltrip seems to be the right guy to reflect upon the day Here was a man who struggled at the highest level of racing made friends with some of the biggest names in the sport and had convinced one of those big names to give him a chance Then he goes out in his first race for the team executes the strategy his boss plans and wins the biggest race of the season only to discover after the celebration winds down that Earnhardt his new boss was killed in the crash that he essentially ignored while driving a celebratory lap Above and beyond Dale's passing the book made me sad as next to some excellent performances with the 15 team at Daytona Waltrip's career never took off like his brother's did and I can't help but wonder how different things would have been not only for Waltrip but for Dale Jr and the DEI teams as a whole if Dale had been around these last 10 yearsA very good read for fans of Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt plus those still feeling the void left by Earnhardt's death


  3. says:

    Having no interest in NASCAR I may have subtly rolled my eyes when my dad big time NASCAR fan gave this to me five months ago Knowing I’d see him this week and still hadn’t touched it I thought I should at least start it I was pleasantly surprised at how interesting and easy this was to read Since I didn’t know anything about Michael Waltrip’s story or NASCAR in general it kind of read like a novel for me He is a genuine and likable narrator and tells an emotional story of his journey as a racer and relationship with Dale Earnhardt


  4. says:

    While this book was written 10 years after the day that changed everything it is pretty easy to tell in this memoir that Michael Waltrip was still affected by the death of his friend and car owner Dale Earnhardt This was especially so because it was at the Daytona 500 in 2001 when Waltrip not only lost his friend but also won his first NASCAR Cup race in his 463rd race That was the best part of this book that was a decent but predictable memoir up to that point NASCAR fans may enjoy this but there really isn't much information that even casual fans don't already know


  5. says:

    When I first picked up this book I had never set foot on a racetrack or watched a lap on TV In fact I’m a Will Ferrell fan and I’ve never even seen Talladega Nights But none of that mattered because In the Blink of an Eye is not just a story for NASCAR fans about NASCAR Two time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip’s story is a story for the entire human race that just happens to be about racingAlthough the book is centered around one fateful event in 2001 the tragic loss of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt on the very same day that Waltrip won his first Daytona 500 the story really reads like an autobiography of Waltrip’s life Told with his simple unassuming painstakingly honest and sometimes off beat style Waltrip starts the book by giving the reader an all access pass into his childhood with a look at his family life growing up in the small town of Owensboro KY and how he got his start in the sport From there Waltrip takes the reader’s emotions on a ride as they experience the twists and turns and ups and downs of his career that day that changed everything the aftermath and the road to recoveryThis story isn’t just about driving It’s about the drive to succeed and the drive to overcome It’s a story about friendship family and what matters most when the rubber meets the road Yes my genre of choice is typically chicklit and yes there were a lot of racing terms in the book that I wasn’t familiar with but that wasn’t the crux; in fact because I was so unfamiliar with the racing world the story actually read like a novel to me as I couldn’t wait to find out “what would happen next”No I still haven’t set foot on a racetrack and no I still haven’t seen Talledega Nights but this book did give me a new appreciation okay maybe just my first appreciation altogether for the sport and I will admit that my interest was piued enough to tune in for the last few laps of this year’s Daytona 500So in sum whether you’re a race fan or not I highly recommend Waltrip’s book You’ll laugh you’ll cry but one thing you won’t want to do is put it down


  6. says:

    remember that fateful day in February of 2001 I watched that race It was the day of my son’s Christening Family and friends were at the house celebrating and the race was on It was an exciting race I remember talking about Dale playing defense for Dale Jr and Michael It was an incredible sight I remember seeing the crash Thinking Dale might be hurt but no one thought he died The crash was bad but I’ve seen a lot worse I remember the shock when we heard of his death I read the part about the crash while I was riding the stationary bike at the Y I asked the guy next to me if he was a NASCAR fan I told him what I was reading about mainly so if he saw me start bawling he knew why I held it together though The worst part for me was Michael’s description of the morning of race day and all the excitement You know what’s coming and it’s so painful to read with anticipation This book is about Michael Waltrip and that day It really isn’t about Michael’s life although it plays a large part I read reviews where reader’s were expecting information on Michael’s accident with the SUV his divorce etc Not necessary I believe this book was therapy for Michael I don’t think people really understood how much Dale Earnhart’s death impacted Michael Waltrip Well now we know I’ve always been a big fan of Michael and this confirms my admiration He’s a regular guy with a big heart who loves racing Simple as that


  7. says:

    I ripped through Michael Waltrip's book In The Blink Of An Eye literally in the blink of an eye I finished it in two days between the 10th Anniversary of Dale Earnhardt's death Feb 18th and the running of the 2011 Daytona 500 Feb 20th The book drew me in from the very beginning and Michael's style makes for a very accessible and easy read I vividly remember the day that we lost Dale I was glued to the TV rooting him on I didn't know who Michael Waltrip was or what his significance in the story was He really is tied into the events of that day and has a uniue perspective on those events The book definitely caused me to re live the highs of a racing fan and the lows of the death of a childhood hero My only criticism of the book involve the end The story moves along at a good clip then after the main events of the story conclude the book drags a slight bit as Michael recounts his involvement with Toyota's entry into NASCAR Overall a great read and a story that sheds some extra light into the death of Dale Earnhardt and it's aftermath


  8. says:

    Robbie Sheets Book In the blink of an eyeAuthor Michael WaltripPages 223 Why did I choose this book because I love the sportGene non fiction biographySetting 1963 present anyplace where NASCAR has a race Main character is funny nice and never madPlot how he got into NASCAR and the death of Dale and where he is todayConflict how he got into NASCARProblem resolved winning his first race and loose a friend in the same dayMy opinion of the book I like this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes NASCAR


  9. says:

    Off the track I've found Michael Waltrip to be a pretty funny guy and there were many times when I could get that same humor in the writing For the title being about the 2011 Daytona 500 there is a lot to this book than that but it was a day that changed anyone associated with NASCAR and it does get plenty of pages I always enjoy insights into athletes and this book as definitely enjoyable


  10. says:

    I knew the underlying story but not how he got to that point or anything that was going on in the backgroundThere was humorous commentary throughoutWhat I appreciated the most was his opinion of Johnny Benson and Kenny Schrader especially since I watched the three of them on Speed Channel's NASCAR Inside Nextel Cup


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