J.D.

The Life and Death of a Forgotten NASCAR Legend
Narrated by: Dwayne F. Chew
Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
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August 11, 1991. Watkins Glen, New York. Fifty-two-year-old John Delphus “J.D.” McDuffie Jr climbs aboard his No. 70 Pontiac, and lined up 35th on the grid for NASCAR's Budweiser at the Glen. For the 653rd time, he pinches a cigar between his teeth and fires the engine. Few take notice of No. 70 as it rolls onto the 2.428-mile road course - only a small group of volunteers, fans, and family back home in Sanford, North Carolina. Even they knew McDuffie had never won a NASCAR race, and likely never would before the big-money teams squeezed him out of the sport. But no one knew that just five laps later, McDuffie would be dead, killed in a terrible two-car accident with fellow racer Jimmy Means.

J.D.: The Life and Death of a Forgotten NASCAR Legend tells the true story of J.D. McDuffie, one of stock car racing's most beloved owner-drivers. It's the tale of a man who honed his skills as a mechanic and built his own team from the ground up, with his No. 70 banging fenders with the likes of Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt. It's also about the close-knit group of supporters who came together to make sure McDuffie made it to the track in a rapidly changing sport. And it's about that tragic weekend at Watkins Glen, the investigation that followed, and the legacy he's left behind. Top to bottom, it's one of the most comprehensive stories of any race car driver, and a tribute to NASCAR's blue-collar past.

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Wrong narrator for this book

I know mistakes happen, but this is beyond ridiculous. The narrator has a "Dukes of Hazzard" type accent that I doubt is real. This is to make the listener believe he is a NASCAR fan through and through. Then the silly mistakes begin. I had to rewind so many times to check my ears. RICH Hendrick. SUNCO. etc. They go on and on...page after page. I know it sounds nit picky, but this does distract from a great, but sad story.

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Good story narration was poor

Who ever produced this needs to consult with NASCAR to get names right. It’s sloppy when you pronounce names wrong it’s messy

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Great, heartbreaking story.

A great, heartbreaking story more than worthy of being told. Learned so many things that were previously unknown to most. It's a heartbreaking, but great story. I highly recommend this!