Jacketed hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 2004
MBI Publishing Company
NASCAR Off the Record is an entertaining collection of some of the greates NASCAR stories of all time. From the pits to the press box, Yates was on the scene for many of NASCARS most memorable moments, and hear he brings them to life again.
Yates recalls the intimate nature of the sports early years during the 1950s, when he could see the entire Petty family working together, Richard wrenching on the car while his father barbecued nearby. In 1979, Yates was reporting from the pits for CBS at the Daytona 500 when the infamous fight erupted between Cal Yarborough and the Allison boys. These first-hand stories as well as Yates wry observations on the way NASCAR has developed over the past 10 years, make for a fascinating read.