A breathtaking look at the world of semi-professional dirt track racing: from the downtrodden bombers and high-end stock cars to the fans, drivers and mechanics' lives on and off the track. Mendel has travelled to the Deep South, Arizona and New Mexico - hotbeds of stock car racing - to capture the raw power and gritty determination of life on the short track. This book puts readers in the passenger's seat for an up-close ride through the world of one of the most dangerous, grease-splattered, high-octane pastime.
Jake Mendel is a photographer living in Santa Fe. He was born and raised in Alabama, and he received his BS from the University of Alabama in 1971. Although he harbored a passion for photography, he put it aside to pursue a career with his father's company. In 1999 he left the family business to return to photography full-time. Since then, Mendel's photographs have been included in various solo and group exhibitions throughout New Mexico and Alabama. Darius Himes is a founding member and Acquiring Editor of Radius Books, a non-profit, Santa Fe-based art book publisher created in 2007. Prior to that he was the Editor of photo-eye Booklist, a quarterly magazine devoted to photography books. He is also a lecturer, consultant, educator, and writer, having contributed to Aperture, Blind Spot, Bookforum, BOMB, PDN, and American Photo.