History Film / DaysOfThunder

4th Mar '17 7:36:57 PM RezaMaulana98
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* SocietyMarchesOn: One of the ways Cole shows Rowdy how sick he is following his head injury is illustrating Rowdy's failure to name what should be a quite obvious racing trophy he'd won: the Winston Cup, awarded for winning the biggest event in each year's NASCAR racing season. In real life, because of the decline in the acceptance of smoking, that race is now sponsored by the communications company Sprint.

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* SocietyMarchesOn: One of the ways Cole shows Rowdy how sick he is following his head injury is illustrating Rowdy's failure to name what should be a quite obvious racing trophy he'd won: the Winston Cup, awarded for winning the biggest event final standing championship in each year's NASCAR racing season. NASCAR's highest-level series. In real life, because of the decline in the acceptance of smoking, that race the championship is now sponsored by the energy drink company Monster Energy (previously communications company Sprint.Nextel, and then Sprint once Sprint merged operations with Nextel).
13th Feb '17 2:38:46 PM WillKeaton
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** A Sprint Cup team needs more than one car. This is not just a question of repairing damage and having a backup car ready, but of suitability. In the Sprint Cup Series, a team builds numerous cars for each team: restrictor plate cars for Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway, cars exclusively for the road course races at Watkins Glen, Sonoma as well as the Pocono races[[note]]Pocono is technically an oval track, but its long straightaways and three corners of different design make it behave like a road course[[/note]], cars specifically built for the short track races at venues like Bristol and Martinsville, cars specifically built for the non-plate superspeedways, and cars built for the intermediate length tracks.
** Or that even Trickle couldn't pass everybody else in the race in the last three laps at Daytona. Unless he's an [[RubberBandAI AI driver]] who has superhuman abilities that even Dale Earnhardt was incapable of making[[note]]As a reference, Dale Earnhardt's final victory, 2000 Winston 500, has Earnhardt climbed from 18th to 1st in the last five laps[[/note]]. During the Darlington race earlier in the movie, the driver would have lost a lot more than just two positions with the extra time he spent on pit road under green, due to the egg-shaped configuration.

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** A Sprint Cup team needs more than one car. This is not just a question of repairing damage and having a backup car ready, but of suitability. In the Sprint Cup Series, a team builds numerous cars for each team: restrictor plate cars for Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway, cars exclusively for the road course races at Watkins Glen, Sonoma as well as the Pocono races[[note]]Pocono races,[[note]]Pocono is technically an oval track, but its long straightaways and three corners of different design make it behave like a road course[[/note]], course[[/note]] cars specifically built for the short track races at venues like Bristol and Martinsville, cars specifically built for the non-plate superspeedways, and cars built for the intermediate length tracks.
** Or that even Trickle couldn't pass everybody else in the race in the last three laps at Daytona. Unless he's an [[RubberBandAI AI driver]] who has superhuman abilities that even Dale Earnhardt was incapable of making[[note]]As making.[[note]]As a reference, Dale Earnhardt's final victory, 2000 Winston 500, has Earnhardt climbed from 18th to 1st in the last five laps[[/note]]. laps.[[/note]] During the Darlington race earlier in the movie, the driver would have lost a lot more than just two positions with the extra time he spent on pit road under green, due to the egg-shaped configuration.
10th Feb '17 4:08:34 PM CumbersomeTercel
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A 1990 action drama starring TomCruise as Cole Trickle, a race car driver who enters the world of UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}}. His attitude gets him into trouble with not only other drivers, but his own team as well. Directed by Creator/TonyScott, the film co-stars Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid, Cary Elwes, and Cruise's future ex-wife, Creator/NicoleKidman.

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A 1990 action drama starring TomCruise Creator/TomCruise as Cole Trickle, a race car driver who enters the world of UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}}. His attitude gets him into trouble with not only other drivers, but his own team as well. Directed by Creator/TonyScott, the film co-stars Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid, Cary Elwes, and Cruise's future ex-wife, Creator/NicoleKidman.
31st Jan '17 7:58:48 PM 8088ben
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** Or that even Trickle couldn't pass everybody else in the race in the last three laps at Daytona. Unless he's an AI driver who has superhuman abilities that even Dale Earnhardt was incapable of making[[note]]As a reference, Dale Earnhardt's final victory, 2000 Winston 500, has Earnhardt climbed from 18th to 1st in the last five laps[[/note]]. During the Darlington race earlier in the movie, the driver would have lost a lot more than just two positions with the extra time he spent on pit road under green, due to the egg-shaped configuration.

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** Or that even Trickle couldn't pass everybody else in the race in the last three laps at Daytona. Unless he's an [[RubberBandAI AI driver driver]] who has superhuman abilities that even Dale Earnhardt was incapable of making[[note]]As a reference, Dale Earnhardt's final victory, 2000 Winston 500, has Earnhardt climbed from 18th to 1st in the last five laps[[/note]]. During the Darlington race earlier in the movie, the driver would have lost a lot more than just two positions with the extra time he spent on pit road under green, due to the egg-shaped configuration.
2nd Jul '16 5:36:11 PM JamesAustin
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* HonestCorporateExecutive: Big John, high-ranking NASCAR official basically implied to be the head of the organization (and expy of Big Bill France), who takes a SeriousBusiness view towards Cole's and Rowdy's unpredictability and tells them to cut it out. The fact that he's played by Creator/FredDaltonThompson helps in making him come across as a ''{{Badass}}'' Corporate Executive.

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* HonestCorporateExecutive: Big John, high-ranking NASCAR official basically implied to be the head of the organization (and expy of Big Bill France), who takes a SeriousBusiness view towards Cole's and Rowdy's unpredictability and tells them to cut it out. The fact that he's played by Creator/FredDaltonThompson Creator/FredThompson helps in making him come across as a ''{{Badass}}'' ''Badass'' Corporate Executive.
7th Jun '16 12:15:58 PM Mdumas43073
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[[caption-width-right:294:It's like [[TopGun Top Gun]], [[RecycledInSpace BUT ON WHEELS!!!]]]]

1990 action drama starring TomCruise as Cole Trickle, a race car driver who enters the world of UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}}. His attitude gets him into trouble with not only other drivers, but his own team as well. Directed by Creator/TonyScott, the film co-stars Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid, Cary Elwes, and Cruise's future ex-wife, Creator/NicoleKidman.

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[[caption-width-right:294:It's like [[TopGun Top Gun]], ''Film/TopGun'', but [[RecycledInSpace BUT ON WHEELS!!!]]]]

A 1990 action drama starring TomCruise as Cole Trickle, a race car driver who enters the world of UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}}. His attitude gets him into trouble with not only other drivers, but his own team as well. Directed by Creator/TonyScott, the film co-stars Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid, Cary Elwes, and Cruise's future ex-wife, Creator/NicoleKidman.Creator/NicoleKidman.
14th Feb '16 4:25:49 PM WillKeaton
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* RealityIsUnrealistic: "Cole Trickle" was derided by some critics as too much of a stereotype NASCAR sounding name. Except that the name is a ShoutOut to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Trickle Dick Trickle]].

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* RealityIsUnrealistic: "Cole Trickle" was derided by some critics as too much of a stereotype NASCAR sounding name. Except that the name is a ShoutOut to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Trickle Dick Trickle]].Trickle.]]
14th Feb '16 4:25:05 PM WillKeaton
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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Cole Trickle was based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Richmond Tim Richmond]] and crew chief Harry Hogge on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Hyde Harry Hyde]]. Richmond being a former UsefulNotes/IndyCar driver and an upstart outsider who started winning when paired with a gruff veteran engineer.

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Cole Trickle was based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Richmond Tim Richmond]] and crew chief Harry Hogge on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Hyde Harry Hyde]]. Hyde.]] Richmond being a former UsefulNotes/IndyCar driver and an upstart outsider who started winning when paired with a gruff veteran engineer.
14th Feb '16 4:24:45 PM WillKeaton
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** Cole Trickle's Mello Yello scheme would later be used by Kyle Petty during the 1991-1994 season, and by Kyle Larson for an one-off throwback at the 2015 Southern 500. For Kyle Petty, that scheme is considered his most successful one, with his only realistic chance of a Sprint Cup title happened in 1992. Coincidentally, both Petty and Larson drove for the exact same team (Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates) and the exact same number (42) while driving this scheme[[note]]Petty raced this scheme with SABCO Racing (pre-Ganassi buyout of the team); while Larson raced this scheme with the present-day Ganassi-Sabates[[/note]].

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** Cole Trickle's Mello Yello scheme would later be used by Kyle Petty during the 1991-1994 season, and by Kyle Larson for an one-off throwback at the 2015 Southern 500. For Kyle Petty, that scheme is considered his most successful one, with his only realistic chance of a Sprint Cup title happened in 1992. Coincidentally, both Petty and Larson drove for the exact same team (Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates) and the exact same number (42) while driving this scheme[[note]]Petty scheme.[[note]]Petty raced this scheme with SABCO Racing (pre-Ganassi buyout of the team); while Larson raced this scheme with the present-day Ganassi-Sabates[[/note]].Ganassi-Sabates.[[/note]]
14th Feb '16 4:24:27 PM WillKeaton
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* ArtisticLicenseSports: Despite the official cooperation of NASCAR and several race teams[[note]]primarily Hendrick Motorsports[[/note]], the movie still has some howling inaccuracies. As Richard Petty once said, there are only two things the movie has in common with real NASCAR: "The cars have numbers on them, and they go fast. That's about it." Here are some of the more egregious things that any NASCAR fan or driver will point out:

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* ArtisticLicenseSports: Despite the official cooperation of NASCAR and several race teams[[note]]primarily teams,[[note]]primarily Hendrick Motorsports[[/note]], Motorsports,[[/note]] the movie still has some howling inaccuracies. As Richard Petty once said, there are only two things the movie has in common with real NASCAR: "The cars have numbers on them, and they go fast. That's about it." Here are some of the more egregious things that any NASCAR fan or driver will point out:
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