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Do's and don'ts so you don't end up a 'Pit Lizard'

Liz Allison was always asked how women can pick up a NASCAR driver, so she's put down all that advice in a "tongue-in-cheek" take on the previously unwritten rules for gals interested in catching one.

Updated: December 3, 2007, 4:13 PM ET
By Teresa M. Walker | Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A list of single NASCAR drivers? Check. Where they hang out away from the track? Yes. Tips on how to dress? Yep. Etiquette reminders on how to act around pit road or Victory Lane? Got them.

Liz Allison
John Russell/AP PhotoLiz Allison has written six books, including her latest, "The Girl's Guide to Winning a NASCAR Driver."

Nabbing that driver? That's something NASCAR analyst, broadcaster and author Liz Allison is leaving up to the women who buy her new book, "The Girl's Guide to Winning a NASCAR Driver."

"It's a relationship book with a left hand turn," Allison said.

The woman who wrote "The Girl's Guide to NASCAR" in 2006 is back with the second in a three-book series. The book released in August answers the question Allison has heard often while discussing her first book -- how does a woman go about marrying a racer?

"It kind of became a joke. My publicist and I, every time we'd go somewhere, 'Let's see how many questions in will it take before they ask me that question,' " said Allison, who met her late husband, Davey Allison, at a race track.

"It's interesting how these people meet, because racing is a very interesting way of life. ... How could you ever meet one of these guys? And does true love really happen at a race track?

"It does."

Allison knew enough about racing that she recognized the sport's big names, such as the Pettys and Allisons, when she met Davey Allison in 1988. They married a year later, honeymooned at Darlington, S.C., and were together until his death in an accident in 1993.

Since then, she has covered the sport with a twice-weekly radio show in Nashville while working for ESPN and TNT Sports and has written six books.

Tapping her own experience, now she has written what she calls a "tongue-in-cheek" take on the previously unwritten rules for the woman interested in these drivers.

"Daydreaming about your favorite driver is one thing. Reality is something else. This is just a fun book of how to daydream about your favorite race car driver," she said.

The book includes a list of the top five drivers most likely to settle down, and it does not include fan favorites Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart.

Her girlfriend tips include letting the driver lead with the goodnight kiss and how to work connections for the all important pit passes to get close. Allison also includes a list of drivers' favorite hangouts in Charlotte, N.C., but cautions the drivers aren't there often.

She also advises women on how to dress, again from her own experience. No big jewelry and forget high heels at a track. She learned the hard way when she wore 3-inch red heels and a one-piece jumpsuit to a race at Darlington.

"Davey looked at me really weird when I walked through the garage area. By the end of the day, my feet had had it. My shoes were gone, and I had received every kind of weird look throughout the day," Allison said. "I can honestly say that was the last time I wore heels to a race track."

That's just one of the "don'ts." Another is married drivers, often a target of groupies she calls "pit lizards."

"Pit lizards don't seem to mind if someone's married or not. I just point that out in case any of them pick up this book to read it," Allison said. "We're reminding them that married means off-limits.

Over the years, Allison has seen too many women trip themselves up, and she credits the drivers with being able to sift through the many women chasing them.

"They have a radar for these things. They can pick up what girl is out there falling all over themselves because they drive a car for a living or a nice girl who happens to be here," Allison said.

And she's ready to help any interested woman get into the race.


Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press