Gr 3-4-These basic introductions feature appealing color photos of the vehicles in action and present up-to-date, although cursory, information on each type. The books provide a nice "feel" for the different kinds of racing, and should appeal to reluctant readers with an interest in the sport. Each title presents the history of its form of competition, a little information on the vehicles, the length and location of the races, and a mention of a few famous drivers or other significant individuals. Safety issues are stressed, and brief chronologies are included. Additional facts are featured in boxes, and sidebars contribute related data, such as costs or historical notes. The titles by Clausen-Grace are the most readable; Greve's are the most straightforward in their presentation; and Spalding adds the most unusual types of racing. Minor errors crop up; a few statements are dated, for example, a claim that the Monte Carlo is Chevy's NASCAR vehicle when its top division now uses the Impala body style, while others are explained too briefly for clarity. Overall, though, the series is a whirlwind tour of racing in America, with plenty of visual appeal for fans.[Page 41]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.