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24 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May I - May 7, 1998 CAPE LIFE Fleming's NASCAR Dover Downs book revs its engines As the book liner of "Dover Downs NASCAR, The Monster Mile" proclaims: "After decades of struggling to find its way into the hearts of American sports fans, NASCAR Winston Cup rac- ing has finally come of age." And leave it to ace Delaware photogra- pher Kevin Fleming to recognize that fact and capture the many col- orful and exciting moments in both stunning images and lively text. Hitting bookstores today, Fri- day, May 1, the large-format book is already an overnight success, with 10,000 advance orders taken and a second edition being consid- ered. "I was looking for a project close to home and Dover Downs r seemed to be a natural fit," said Fleming, who has covered the world as a photographer for "Na- tional Geographic" after honing his expertise for regional publica- tions. (Incidentally, while on as- signment for "Geographic" on the Sinai Peninsula in 1981, he came under the assassin's gunfire that killed Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, escaping with some of the few photographs of the moment that found their way into newspa- pers and magazines across the world.) Meeting with Dover Downs of- ficials, he received an enthusiastic green flag and began assembling a group of prose and photo special- ists, along with his managing edi- tor and photographer Lori Epstein. These notables include Gene Bryson, Delaware's foremost NASCAR writer; who has cov- ered racing at Dover Downs for nearly two decades. "His vivid text, highlighted by interviews with some of NASCAR's greatest stars, follows the multitude of changes and incredible growth of stock car racing and Dover Continued on page 25 "Dover Downs NASCAR, The Monster Mile" has been published by photographer Kevin Fleming's Portfolio Books of Rehoboth Beach. Fleming (above, right), along with Lori Epstein (at right), managing editor and photographer; long-time NASCAR Dover Downs Journalist Gene Bryson; and a host of other award-winning photographers managed to compile a histo- ry of this action-packed arena on the eve of its 30th birthday. The book is now available in stores such as Browseabout in Rehoboth Beach and Books by the Bay in Lewes, or directly from Dover Downs. AROUND TOWN Nancy Katz Time", we now know those dates are meaningless. Last week, they took a hidden camera into an egg factory. And it turns out those expiration dates are really meant for the life of the worker, who rats to the media about eggs that are put back into cartons after they have been used for such things as putting practice in the manager's office or kick-the-can games held behind the factory on a slow day. I especially like the interviews in these expos6 pieces, with work- ers whose identifies are blacked out, giving them the illusion that they have grown a second head and whose voices are dubbed to sound like my first-grade teacher after she has had six margaritas at Trader Vic's. Which is perfectly understand- able after a day of listening to her class recite essays on "Why My I Parents Are Sending Me to an Outward Bound Program for the Summer." Be that as it may. Jeez, another memo from my editor about using clichds. Does this person have a life? Anyway, we are now facing another ultimatum or for some, lit- emily an expiration date, Memori- al Day Weekend. But there is no reason to panic as the countdown begins. It's not like thousands of motorists are go- ing to descend on the area, higher than a kite on the new impotency drug Viagra, pulling boats the size of Egyptian pyramids, clueless as to how the steering wheel works, oblivious to the fact that the medi- an is not a passingalane and calling other passengers in the car on their cell phones. You see, I don't think it's going to be like that at all. I think this drug Viagra is go- ing to be sold out long before Memorial Day. Faced with this calendar ultima- tum, most residents have a healthy attitude toward this onslaught. Some will leave town, seeking their own quiet harbor. Although I think signing confessions to high-profile murder cases, like the Menendez brothers, is going a bit too far, just for the safety of a pen- itentiary for the weekend. But for the rest of us, we will wear our, "If You Can't Stand the Heat, Get Out of the Kitchen," aprons, fire up the barbecue and try to remember the real meaning of this important holiday. Personally, I hate ultimatums. And it's also unfortunate at this time that the reader has to put up with my thoughtless, over-bear- ing, witless, egocentric, moronic opinions. No, wait a minute. That's actu- ally a memo sent to me from my editor. Scratch that. It's easy to get papers mixed up on your desk when you are dealing with a lot of important material for publica- tion, like the odds on the second race at Santa Anita. But, I'm talking about things like those expiration dates you see on cartons of food you purchase at the grocery store. Thanks to the stellar, unbiased, we-have-no-axe-to-grind, ha-ha, reporting of shows like "Prime Another ultimatum - Memorial Day- around the comer