A race car driver is killed in a fiery crash. However, Quincy suspects foul play, especially when he finds amphetamines in the driver's system. He then tries to prove that it was murder ... See full summary »

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(as Ronald Satlof)

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Garry Walberg ...
John S. Ragin ...
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Joseph Roman ...
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Chick Thomas
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Judy Feldner
Phillip R. Allen ...
Dr. Finley
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Mark Hellman
Erica Hagen ...
Sherry Bannon
Frank Parker ...
Dr. Winton Weiss
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Mert Rich ...
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Tom Newman ...
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A race car driver is killed in a fiery crash. However, Quincy suspects foul play, especially when he finds amphetamines in the driver's system. He then tries to prove that it was murder while at the same time dealing with a nosy insurance investigator whose company had a major policy on the driver. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Drama | Mystery | Crime

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12 October 1978 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The race track official mentions how one driver had managed to drive with one broken arm. Given that race cars require constant gear shifting, it would be all but impossible for someone to steer and shift gears with only one arm. See more »

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Dr. Robert Asten: [while trying to wash acid off his hands in Quincy's lab] I should have known better than to have come in here without a decontamination suit.
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Unremarkable mystery episode focused on car racing sport
12 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

Speed Trap begins at Danny's where Quincy (Jack Klugman) and friends are watching a car race on television when one of the drivers favored to win, Kevin Bannon, suddenly loses control and crashes. Kevin does not survive the accident and later Quincy conducts the autopsy at the coroner lab finding amphetamines in his system. Kevin's chief mechanic (Simon Oakland) cries foul at the findings and maintains that Kevin would have never taken any type of drugs due to his strict health regimen. Quincy begins to believe this assertion when he discovers that Kevin had hypoglycemia and with this condition the amphetamines would have caused him to lose consciousness shortly after taking them making it a possible murder.

This second episode of Season 4 is an OK one where there is a murder mystery featured but the plot is rather predictable. Right from the opening scenes where Quincy is watching the race and commenting on a particular driver you know that driver is going to crash and there will be an investigation into whether someone caused it. This coupled along with the stock footage of racing scenes used just make for an overall unremarkable episode in my opinion and certainly not one of the standouts of Season 4.


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