Famed orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Richard Beckett, returns to his home town of Eagle Ridge after boyhood friend and track owner, Chris Chandler, offers him a job as a safety and medical officer at the speedway. When a driver is killed in a crash at the track, Chandler needs Beckett for the job even more. But Beckett is more interested in finding out what caused the wreck than in signing a contract.
Beckett hires bubble gum-chewing track brat Nando (Marc Daniel) as his assistant. In an intimate chat that grows hotter by the minute, Mimi questions Beckett about his history with Nicole and his rivalry with Chandler. Kennedy (Randy J. Goodwin), the track tow driver, who dreams of getting a ride, interrupts their liaison by bringing Moss' wrecked car for Beckett to examine.
Financial troubles plague Servine Racing and one of the sponsors is worried. Meanwhile, Beckett continues to monitor Chandler's health, warning him to eliminate as much stress as he possibly can. But Chandler has no desire to, for he has big plans for his speedway's expansion.
On a scorching day at the race track, a hand grenade arrives in Chandler's pizza. Temperatures and tensions rise as Chandler seems to be fouling up Sheriff Lowell Carter's attempts to nab the perpetrator until security footage reveals potentially incriminating evidence.
When Kennedy (Randy J. Goodwin) wins a race, a driver he beat racially taunts him. Meanwhile, Nicole is in the midst of her divorce from Chandler as Beckett helps her bring photographic equipment into the studio she's renting from Chandler's speedway. Guest starring Larry Linville.
Beckett and Chandler rekindle their friendship in a two-man race, just like the old days. Divorce procedures between Nicole and Chandler are coming to an end. And things are heating up between Beckett and Nicole, picking up where they left off 15 years ago.
Chandler lures a Formula One ex-champion to Eagle Ridge, but Beckett balks because the driver has a shady past. Meanwhile, Jared (Douglas O'Keeffe) and Stevie unmercifully haze the rookie, Kennedy (Randy J. Goodwin).
When his father dies, Beckett prepares the funeral arrangements and finds his younger brother, Jeff (Robert Carradine). Mimi, who has put her relationship with Beckett on hold, is intrigued when she learns Jeff is charming but also trouble-and everyone but Beckett seems to know it.
With Jared (Douglas O'Keeffe) recuperating from a recent injury, Chandler brings in a rookie driver to sub for him, Kat Kiernan, who turns out to be hell-on-wheels, a wild, flirtatious party animal who drinks and carouses with the boys.
When Beckett attends his first CONTRAC meeting as Chandler's partner, he suggests to the president that he'd like to see a race between legendary drivers. The president likes the idea so much that he hands Beckett the assignment of rounding up old-timers and making it happen.
When a blizzard immobilizes Eagle Ridge, two thugs rip-off the speedway's end of season receipts. But when one of them is injured they are forced to seek help and take Mimi hostage while they wait for Beckett to return home.