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Humpy Wheeler bio booksigning set for Nov. 18

Race car pioneer and University of South Carolina alumnus Howard A. “Humpy” Wheeler Jr. will sign copies of his new book at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, at the Wild Wing Café in Columbia’s Vista.

Wheeler, a former Gamecock football player and 1961 journalism graduate, will greet guests and sign his book, “Growing Up NASCAR: Racing’s Most Outrageous Promoter Tells All,” until 7:30 p.m.

The event, open and free to the public, is hosted by USC’s Department of Athletics, School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the College of Hospitality Retail and Sport Management. Race car driver Jordan Anderson of Forest Acres also will be at the event to sign autographs. Jordan Anderson Racing is represented by Wheeler.

The event will coincide with the live broadcast, also at Wild Wing Café, of “The Spurrier Show,” head football coach Steve Spurrier’s talk show that airs on Citadel Broadcasting’s WNKT-FM 107.5, The Game sports radio.

Wheeler is one of the most recognizable figures in NASCAR. His book chronicles both his life and career in auto racing.

The Belmont, N.C., native says he attended his first NASCAR race at age 11 and was hooked. After graduating from USC, he went on to build a career as one of the top racing promoters in the country.

The immediate past president and general manager of NASCAR’s Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Wheeler is credited with having transformed the 1.5-mile superspeedway into one of the world’s premier auto racing venues. He is a member of seven Halls of Fame, including the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, and has earned numerous awards, including National Auto Racing Promoter of the Year and the Hugh Deery Memorial Award for outstanding service to the motorsports industry. He is chairman of The Wheeler Company, a management consulting firm for professional sports and business.

The book, released earlier this year, is published by MBI Publishing Company LLC and Motorsports. For more information about Wheeler’s book signing and reception, call Terry Dixon, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, at 803-777-6898 or

‘Growing Up NASCAR’ book signing

  • Who: Howard A. “Humpy” Wheeler Jr., former Gamecock football player, 1961 journalism graduate, pioneer NASCAR promoter
  • When: Thursday, Nov. 18, 6 p.m.
  • Where: Wild Wing Café, Congaree Vista in Columbia

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 11/15/10 @ 11:00 AM | Updated: 11/29/10 @ 3:24 PM | Permalink