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A 1990 action drama starring Creator/TomCruise as Cole Trickle, a USAC UsefulNotes/IndyCar 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 Creator/RobertDuvall, Creator/RandyQuaid, Creator/CaryElwes, and Cruise's future ex-wife, Creator/NicoleKidman.

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A 1990 action drama starring Creator/TomCruise as Cole Trickle, a USAC UsefulNotes/IndyCar 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 Creator/RobertDuvall, Creator/RandyQuaid, Creator/CaryElwes, and Cruise's future ex-wife, then girlfriend, Creator/NicoleKidman.


*** While not common in the 1990's (due to the massive influx in spending in the sport at the time), many teams ran with one car and do today. It is even more common in sports like Indy, F1 and sportscars (both prototype and GT) in which teams will replace most of the cars aero and parts when switching from say Lemans to Spa or such. Risi Competizone had to sit out most of the 2018 Weather Tech Sportscar Championship (aka WTSC, The top North American Sports Car series and formerly named the ALMS [American Le Mans Series]) after they destroyed their Ferrari 488 at Le Mans that year (The World Endurance Championship's [WEC] "Global All Stars" race that invites top teams from the WEC, WTSC, And ELMS/AsLMS (European & Asian Le Mans Series respectively)

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*** While not common in the 1990's (due to the massive influx in spending in the sport at the time), many teams ran with one car and do today. It is even more common in sports like Indy, F1 and sportscars (both prototype and GT) in which teams will replace most of the cars aero and parts when switching from say Lemans Le Mans to Spa or such. Risi Competizone had to sit out most of the 2018 Weather Tech Sportscar Championship (aka WTSC, The top North American Sports Car series and formerly named the ALMS [American Le Mans Series]) after they destroyed their Ferrari 488 at Le Mans that year (The World Endurance Championship's [WEC] "Global All Stars" race that invites top teams from the WEC, WTSC, And ELMS/AsLMS ELMS/[=AsLMS=] (European & Asian Le Mans Series respectively)respectively).

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* TheCameo: Popular NASCAR drivers Rusty Wallace, Richard Petty, Harry Gant, and Neil Bonnett all appear in cameo roles as themselves, as do TV personalities Bob Jenkins and Dr. Jerry Punch.

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** William Byron drove a car with a scheme based on Cole's #46 City Chevrolet car at the 2019 Southern 500.


* ThisIsGonnaSuck: In one race, Cole is pulling in for a pit stop, when another car pulls out in front of him. Swerving to miss the other car causes Cole to skid out of control such that he's heading for the pit's wall at (by pit-stop standards) a high speed, to which Cole remarks "Uh-oh, this is gonna hurt."

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* ThisIsGonnaSuck: In one race, Cole is pulling in for a pit stop, when another car pulls out in front of him. Swerving to miss the other car causes Cole to skid out of control such that he's heading for the pit's wall at (by pit-stop standards) a high speed, to which Cole remarks "Uh-oh, this is gonna hurt."" He ends up hitting both the wall and Mark Martin's car.


A 1990 action drama starring Creator/TomCruise as Cole Trickle, a USAC UsefulNotes/IndyCar 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, Creator/RandyQuaid, Creator/CaryElwes, and Cruise's future ex-wife, Creator/NicoleKidman.

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A 1990 action drama starring Creator/TomCruise as Cole Trickle, a USAC UsefulNotes/IndyCar 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, Creator/RobertDuvall, Creator/RandyQuaid, Creator/CaryElwes, and Cruise's future ex-wife, Creator/NicoleKidman.


* {{Ambadassador}}: After Cole and Rowdy's first few dustups, [=NASCAR=] head Big John sits them both down and lets them have it in no uncertain terms.
-->'''Big John:''' If you two wanna turn yourselves into a greasy spot on a country road somewhere, go right ahead. I don't give a shit and I don't think anybody else does, regardless what they say to your face. But you two monkeys are not going to do it on my racetrack...You trade paint one more time, you so much as touch, I'm gonna Black Flag the two of you, and take apart your racecars for three-hundred laps. Then, if you pass inspection and you put your cars back together, I ''might'' let you back into the race.



* UncertifiedExpert: Early on, Harry tries explaining to Cole how he's driving inefficiently using technical terms. Cole tells Harry he doesn't understand any of what Harry has just told him. When Harry asks how Cole can drive race cars without understanding stuff like G forces or aerodynamics, Cole replies that he just started driving cars and was good at it, so he never had to learn any of the terms or science. Harry quickly learns to break it down into terms Cole ''can'' understand.

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* UncertifiedExpert: Early on, Harry tries explaining to Cole how he's driving inefficiently inefficiently, using standard technical terms.terms every driver should know. Cole tells Harry he doesn't understand any of what Harry has just told him. When Harry asks how Cole can drive race cars without understanding stuff like G forces or aerodynamics, Cole replies that he just started driving cars on a lark years ago and was naturally good at it, so he never had to learn any of the terms or science. Harry quickly learns to break it down his explanations into terms Cole ''can'' understand.


* TheAllegedExpert: Cole comes into NASCAR with numerous accolades for his sprint car experience, but finds out that a stock car handles ''very'' differently than he's used to.

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* TheAllegedExpert: Cole comes into NASCAR with numerous accolades for his sprint car experience, but finds out that a stock car handles ''very'' differently than he's used to. Also see UncertifiedExpert below.


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* UncertifiedExpert: Early on, Harry tries explaining to Cole how he's driving inefficiently using technical terms. Cole tells Harry he doesn't understand any of what Harry has just told him. When Harry asks how Cole can drive race cars without understanding stuff like G forces or aerodynamics, Cole replies that he just started driving cars and was good at it, so he never had to learn any of the terms or science. Harry quickly learns to break it down into terms Cole ''can'' understand.


A 1990 action drama starring Creator/TomCruise as Cole Trickle, a UsefulNotes/FormulaOne 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, Creator/RandyQuaid, Creator/CaryElwes, and Cruise's future ex-wife, Creator/NicoleKidman.

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A 1990 action drama starring Creator/TomCruise as Cole Trickle, a UsefulNotes/FormulaOne USAC UsefulNotes/IndyCar 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, Creator/RandyQuaid, Creator/CaryElwes, and Cruise's future ex-wife, Creator/NicoleKidman.


** NASCAR 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 actual NASCAR seasons, 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.

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** A NASCAR Cup Series 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 actual NASCAR seasons, 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.



** After the caution in the final race when Cole beats the pace car out of pit road, the race restarts with Wheeler, the leader, starting on the inside line. Wheeler's car should have been on the outside line, since, prior to June 2009, double-file restarts in NASCAR only happened in the non-point events and on the initial start in points races. Prior to June 2009, lead-lap cars restarted on the outside line and lap down cars restarted on the inside line.

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** After the caution in the final race when Cole beats the pace car out of pit road, the race restarts with Wheeler, the leader, starting on the inside line. Wheeler's car should have been on the outside line, since, prior to June 2009, double-file restarts in NASCAR only happened in the non-point events and on the initial start in points races. Prior to June 2009, lead-lap cars restarted on the outside line and lap down cars restarted on the inside line.[[note]]The rule change was made to prevent lap-down cars from interfering with the leaders and making it hard for anyone to challenge the leader[[/note]]


*** It was a shout out to Bill Elliot's famous comeback.



*** Not mandatory at the time the movie was made, they disappeared in the 70's and came back in the late 90's



*** Well he wasn't a lap down and still coming around to file back up sooooo.......



** Bobby Hamilton actually made his NASCAR debut as a result of the movie. He was hired to drive the "Rowdy Burns" racecar, even qualifying the non-competitive car in fifth and actually briefly leading the race before he retired with an engine failure at Phoenix in 1989.

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** Bobby Hamilton actually made his NASCAR debut as a result of the movie. He was hired to drive the "Rowdy Burns" racecar, even qualifying the non-competitive car in fifth and actually briefly leading the race before he retired with an engine failure at Phoenix in 1989.


A 1990 action drama starring Creator/TomCruise as Cole Trickle, a UsefulNotes/FormulaOne 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, Creator/CaryElwes, and Cruise's future ex-wife, Creator/NicoleKidman.

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A 1990 action drama starring Creator/TomCruise as Cole Trickle, a UsefulNotes/FormulaOne 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, Creator/RandyQuaid, Creator/CaryElwes, and Cruise's future ex-wife, Creator/NicoleKidman.


** It was a shout out to Bill Elliot's famous comeback.

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** *** It was a shout out to Bill Elliot's famous comeback.


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*** Not mandatory at the time the movie was made, they disappeared in the 70's and came back in the late 90's


* SpiritualSuccessor: Creator/TomCruise controls (pilots) an [[Film/TopGun extremely fast piece of machinery]], deals with a [[HeroicBSOD crisis]] about 2/3's of the way in following a traumatic accident involving a friend, only to come out of it at the end and win the heart of his [[UptownGirl higher-class love interest.]] All with a power ballad soundtrack.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: Creator/TomCruise controls (pilots) an [[Film/TopGun extremely fast piece of machinery]], deals with a [[HeroicBSOD crisis]] about 2/3's of the way in following a traumatic accident involving a friend, only to come out of it at the end and win the heart of his [[UptownGirl higher-class love interest.]] All with a power ballad soundtrack. This movie was also directed by Tony Scott.

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