If you're looking for a great history read on NASCAR, you're out of luck. However, if you love a good pictoral look back, this will make you squeal.
Nice and thick with pictures, NASCAR Chronicle by Greg Fiedlen makes for a nice overview of the sport and there is enough to become a knowledgable race fan, but it does not give any in-depth information to the wisened NASCAR follower any new information.
I suspect newer fans are more likely to be attracted to this book anyway -- that and I would imagine it is quite kid-friendly. I'm not a kid, but remember the general-interest books that entertained you when you were a child. This is wonderfully full of pictures and has a lot of snippets of information.
However, for a hardcore fan, it also brings up all the old tales of the sport we've heard before: from Tim Flock's monkey to Tim Ricmond being the loose basis of the film Days of Thunder.
Nonetheless, nowhere have I seen such a pictoral overview of the past 50 years in NASCAR than this book, NASCAR Chronicle.
The book also includes date-based snippets recapping events, and championship listings that detail how the champion's season went, covering the points chase at a glance. The appendix glossary includes race winners for every race from 1949 to 2002 ( the book was published before the 2003 season completed).