Greg Fielden has written 16 books on the history of NASCAR racing and worked for 24 years in the televising of Winston Cup events. From the highly acclaimed Forty Years of Stock Car Racing Series, to the history of the Beach Road racing events at Daytona entitled High Speed at Low Tide, the hard to find history of the NASCAR Convertible Division Rumblin’ Ragtops, and lthe current offering of NASCAR-A Complete History, which has gone through 11 printings, his life has revolved around the sport.
He always had a desire to do a history book of the NDRA, America’s first authentic Travlin’ Sideways Dirt Show.
Fielden’s latest work is The Greatest Show on Dirt, the definitive history of the Nationl Dirt Racing Association, which conducted races from 1978-1985. Fielden claims he had to get the brackish taste of NASCAR out of his mouth, considering the pitiful state of NASCAR these days. This book on the NDRA has done that.
Fielden worked for virtually every TV network that televised Winston Cup events from 1983-2006, serving as a Historian/Statistician for CBS, ABC, FOX, TNT, TBS and TNN Motorsports during his 24 year career in TV. He also worked on the IndyCar telecasts for ABC, NBC and ESPN from 1987-2003.
In 2006, Fielden fell victim to a series of strokes that left him unable to speak, his mind scrambled and barely able to fend for himself. He has worked his way back in recent years, and while he is not as capable as he was at the height of his very active life, he still has the love for the old days of racing – the good ‘ol days of the sport. That includes the NDRA – and the good times of NASCAR.
Prior to working in television, he spent his time covering the NDRA and other forms of auto races for Southern Auto Racing News, a weekly tabloid newspaper which featured short track auto racing events and the stars of the day.
Fielden, a native of Charlotte, NC, makes his homein Surfside Beach, SC. He has lived there since 1974.