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Tim Richmond was, fellow NASCAR driver Kyle Petty said, a stranger in time In one regard, the flashy, flamboyant driver from Ashland, Ohio, was years ahead of the trends in a sport that would soon enjoy explosive growth in popularity Women who were NASCAR fans loved him and so did their husbands and boyfriends Richmond believed he could use his stardom in racing as a springboard to a second career as an actor, and he had the Hollywood good looks to make that a realistic dream At the same time, Richmond was also a throwback He pushed his race cars hard, too hard at times, driving every lap like he was hauling moonshine through the mountains of the Carolinas with a revenuer on his rear bumper Those who saw him drive still compare him to veterans like Curtis Turner and Joe Weatherly, who ran as hard off the track as they did off of it In the early s, however, Richmond stood out He was not from the South he had not grown up slinging a stock car through the dirt on red clay ovals He had, in fact, never raced at all until he wasAnd justyears later, after making a splash in the Indianapolisas a rookie, he was emerging as one of the brightest stars and greatest talents in NASCAR s Winston Cup Series Richmond s star was bright, but its light went out too soon As he neared stock car racing s zenith, Richmond s life took a tragic turn A man who thrived on the affection he felt from those who enjoyed watching him compete spent his final months almost completely shut off from that world Tim Richmond The Fast Life and Remarkable Times of NASCAR s Top Gun tells the memorable story of a born racer and how he raced headlong through life with the throttle wide open and his wheels burning rubber at almost every turn