The People’s Champ: A Racing Life


Dave Darland Bones Bourcier


“Foreword by Tony Stewart

The autobiography of one of Sprint Car racing’s most popular and talented racers. Written with award-winning motorsports journalist Bones Bourcier, The People’s Champ charts the course of Darland’s racing life, from Quarter-Midgets and local Sprint Cars through his remarkable professional career, including championships in all three of USAC’s national divisions – Silver Crown, Sprint Cars, and Midgets.

No mere chronological rehashing of a great driver’s climb, Darland discusses the rivalries that helped shape his career, the code of conduct he races by, the magic of his sport’s biggest events, and the joys and stresses of being a husband and father in a sport that requires frequent travel and intense focus. The book is illuminated with reflections from “eyewitnesses” who have seen Darland through the prisms of their own personal and professional relationships, whether as car owner, mechanic, rival driver, or family member. Darland’s story is illustrated by dozens of photographs, many previously unpublished.”