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The true life story of Wendell Scott, the first black stock car racing driver to win an upper tier NASCAR race.

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Wendell Scott
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Hutch
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Mary
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Peewee
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Sheriff Cotton
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Woodrow
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Russell
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Beau Welles
Minnie Gentry ...
Wendell's Mother
Lucy Saroyan ...
Hutch's Wife
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Billy Joe Byrnes
Bruce Atkins ...
Deputy Turner
Steve Fifield ...
Deputy Drinkwater
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Mr. Jones
Georgia Allen ...
Mrs. Jones
Maynard Jackson ...
Minister
Danny Nelson ...
Wayne Carter
Alvin Huff ...
Moonshiner
Willie McWhorter ...
Wendell Jr
Frederick 'Dennis' Greene ...
Slack (as Frederick Dennis Greene)
Bill Connell ...
Speedway Announcer
Clara Dunn ...
Restaurant Owner (uncredited)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charlie Briggs ...
Race Official (uncredited)
Clebert Ford ...
Passenger (uncredited)

Directed by

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Michael Schultz

Written by

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Kenneth Vose ... (written by) &
Lawrence DuKore ... (written by) and
Melvin Van Peebles ... (written by) and
Leon Capetanos ... (written by)

Produced by

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Richard Bell ... executive producer
J. Lloyd Grant ... executive producer
James E. Hinton ... associate producer
Hannah Weinstein ... producer (produced by)
Lester Berman ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Fred Karlin

Cinematography by

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George Bouillet

Film Editing by

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Randy Roberts
Bob Wyman
Christopher Holmes ... (uncredited)

Casting By

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Teddy Stewart

Art Direction by

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Jack Senter

Set Decoration by

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James L. Berkey

Costume Design by

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Celia Bryant

Makeup Department

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Scott Cunningham ... makeup artist
Sandra Henderson ... hair stylist
Bob O'Bradovich ... makeup artist
Robert L. Stevenson ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Lester Berman ... unit production manager
E. Darrell Hallenbeck ... unit production manager

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Terence A. Donnelly ... assistant director
Preston L. Holmes ... second assistant director
Ralph S. Singleton ... second assistant director: second unit (as Ralph Singleton)
Ken Swor ... assistant director: second unit
Dwight Williams ... second assistant director
Charles Bail ... second unit director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Bill Gold ... poster designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Wayne Artman ... re-recording mixer (as Wayne Hartman)
Willie D. Burton ... sound mixer
Don Cahn ... re-recording mixer
Lee Chaney ... sound effects editor
Jim Cook ... re-recording mixer
Mark Dennis ... sound effects editor
Marvin E. Lewis ... boom operator
Billie Owens ... sound effects editor
Arthur H. Pullen ... sound effects editor
Harlan Riggs ... sound mixer: second unit
Hank Salerno ... sound effects editor
Ed Scheid ... sound effects editor

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Candy Flanagin ... special effects
Thomas R. Ward ... special effects (as Tom Ward)

Stunts

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Ted Duncan ... stunt coordinator
Neil Castles Sr. ... stunt driver (uncredited)
Whitey Hughes ... stunts (uncredited)
Don Pike ... stunt driver (uncredited)
Ernest Robinson ... stunt coordinator (uncredited) / stunt double: richard pryor (uncredited)

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Dick Colean ... camera operator
John T. Dustin ... camera operator: second unit
Richard C. Glouner ... director of photography: second unit (as Richard Glouner)
George Holmes ... gaffer
Harry Rez ... key grip
Doyle Smith ... assistant camera

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Henry Salley ... men's wardrobe
Helen P. Butler ... costumer (uncredited)

Location Management

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Ursula Alexander ... location manager

Music Department

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Donald Harris ... music editor (as Don Harris)
Bradford Craig ... composer: source music (uncredited)
Dan Wallin ... score mixer (uncredited)

Other crew

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Morrie Abrams ... assistant to unit production manager (as Morrie Abrams)
Neil Castles Sr. ... designer of race sequences (as Neil Castle)
Wayne Fitzgerald ... title designer
Wendell Scott ... technical advisor
Lisa Weinstein ... assistant to producer
David Oliver Pfeil ... title cinematographer (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

This is the true story of Wendell Scott, America's first African American NASCAR driver, once he returns from WWII to find his hometown the way he left it. With seed money for a taxicab business, he learns all the county roads. With his new knowledge an opportunity presents itself with some steep consequences. After an invitation to the local race track, a race car driver is born. The ethnic boundaries are a part of everyday life in 1950's Amercan life. You become part of his fight for equality, fairness and the American dream.

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Taglines He drove 'em wild! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Un loco al volante (Spain)
  • Rasvattu salama (Finland)
  • Stock Car Race - Höllenjagd auf heißen Pisten (West Germany)
  • Um Louco ao Volante (Portugal)
  • Blyskawicznie (Poland)
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  • 96 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Richard Pryor and Pam Grier met on the set of this movie. They fell in love, were involved for several years, and almost married. Richard's drug use almost ended their relationship. The day before they were to be married, Richard eloped with someone else, breaking Miss Grier's heart. See more »
Goofs In many of the in-car shots during the races you can hear that they are manual transmissions being double clutched, but the drivers never take their hands of the wheel to shift. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Sports on the Silver Screen (1997). See more »
Soundtracks Maybe Tomorrow See more »
Quotes [searching for car parts in a scrap yard]
Peewee: What'chyou looking for, Wendell?
Wendell Scott: Some of this, some of that, some of everything. A universal joint.
Peewee: Hmph. I wouldn't know a universal joint if it bit me.
Wendell Scott: Well, one's about to bite you.
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