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Stardust International Raceway


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Randall Cannon is a freelance writer and lifelong motorsports enthusiast. He lives in Henderson, Nevada.

Michael Gerry is a race vehicle constructor and has worked on several championship drag racing teams. He resides in North Las Vegas, Nevada.


"a detailed account of motor sport in the Las Vegas area.... The story of the development of the Stardust International Raceway makes for the fascinating intriguing story that simply needs to be read to be fully appreciated.... The authors deserve great credit for producing what I think is an excellent example of what motor sport history can and should be. Not only is it an excellent book, but a splendid example of what the often overlooked and underappreciated 'enthusiast' or 'hobby' motor sport historians can produce given the opportunity. It is not often that one has the great fortune to find monographs such as this one."--SAH Journal; "A tremendous amount of research went into uncovering all the intriguing details of motorsport in this town, a fascinating story...a most colorful history"--Vintage Motorsport; "Meticulously researched and documented, this treasure trove of civic history is far more than a chronicle of the sports-car, open-wheel stock car, and drag-racing spectacles in the 1950s and '60s."--Competition Plus; "The authors have uncovered voluminous sources and written about [Stardust International Raceway] in astonishing detail. For anyone who has an interest in Las Vegas history, especially the deeply buried past, or the history of motorsports in general, [this book] is a real find"--Las Vegas Advisor; "Thoroughly researched and a good read, this book casts a spotlight into the darkness behind the bright, loud, gaudy scenery that we fans of auto racing normally see. For us, a weekend at Stardust was about speed, sleek cars, fast racers and (as some might have hoped) racier women. But a few of those other characters we passed in the pit lane without a glance? Author Cannon tells us who they really were, and about their unsuspected roles backstage. Wow!"--Pete Lyons, motorsports photographer, author of Riverside Raceway: A Photographic Tour; "Randy Cannon chronicles, in graphic detail, the rise and fall of big-time auto racing in 'Vegas. How strange bedfellows (mobsters, corporate hucksters and hinky politicians) brought racing to center stage then cut its throat."--Pete Ward, editor Drag Racer Magazine; "The Stardust is an important part of the history of Las Vegas, gambling, and organized crime, but there's still a lot for us to learn about it. Randy Cannon has given us a great look at a part of the Stardust and Las Vegas experience that has long needed more attention."--Michael Green, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, consultant to and appeared on A&E's Making of the Mob; "The iconic superstars of racing rubbed fenders with the promoters of Stardust International Raceway. These promoters were just as noteworthy, serving as front-runners for organized crime, unintentionally making the name 'Stardust' synonymous with mob control!"--Jeffrey A. Silver, former member, Nevada Gaming Control Board.

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