This runs well ahead of the line-up of stories about automobile racing. The technical details are strong, and equally firm is the explanation of what motivates a college boy who is interested in, among other things, making it to the top of the heaps. Dave Wade is an intelligent youngster with a proven talent for handling cars both as a mechanic and a driver. He has done some minor racing at local tracks; then he decides to try some more advanced racing during a summer job in Florida. He is helped by a first rate stock car, an outstanding mechanic, and a very competent manager, and he is heading toward Daytona when he is jolted out of the running. But by that time he is no longer independently enjoying a sport, but a member of the racing team following orders, engaged in a professional gamble with high stakes, and a low premium on life. It's another well written book on a popular subject for older boys by the author of the Fast Green Car (1965, p. 439, J- 153).