Filming locations were location scouted in Texas, Florida, and Alabama, but in the end, Georgia was chosen, due to incentives offered by its state Film Commission, the availability of crew in the region, and available access to local car racing tracks.
Due to the start of Kenny Rogers' concert tour beginning on March 21, 1982, Rogers had to complete all of his scenes by March 19 that year. As such, other cast members were required to film any further necessary reaction shots after Rogers had completed all of his shots in front of the camera.
The car driven by Brewster Baker' (Kenny Rogers') nemesis throughout the film, was in reality one of the few Dodge Mirada's driven in NASCAR in the early 1980s. For some reason, the car is constantly (and incorrectly) referred to as a Buick.
This movie is notable for its catchy popular song "Love Will Turn You Around" sung and performed by Kenny Rogers. Rogers co-wrote the song, which was a number one Country and Adult Contemporary hit, which went to number thirteen on the Pop chart.
The make and model of Brewster Baker's (Kenny Rogers') racing car was a 1970 Chevrolet Camaro race car, and the make and model of the camper van was a 1979 Ford Econoline Holiday Rambler (E-350) motorhome.
A second unit filmed a NASCAR race in Georgia in April 1982 with race cars painted-up and re-decorated to resemble racing cars which were driven by the relevant car racing character. This footage acted as inserts and pick-up shots so as to later be edited into the movie's ten car racing sequences.
The March 3, 1982 edition of "Variety" stated that due to a snowstorm, the production had unfortunately fallen ten days behind schedule due to this wild weather event occurring on the first day of principal photography. The March 5, 1982 edition of "The Hollywood Reporter" stated that this delay cost the movie's production an estimated one million dollars.
Erin Gray replaced Robin Douglas in the role of Lilah according to the February 3, 1982 edition of "Variety" after her casting had just been announced about a month earlier in the January 6, 1982 edition of "The Hollywood Reporter".
The picture's promotional "Six Pack" title logo for movie posters and promo materials featured two black and white checkered race track flags extending symmetrically from the middle of each of the title's two words. The same font design and titling was also used for the movie's title display during the picture's opening credits roll, but did not feature the two flags superimposed there.
The last three weeks of principal photography were scheduled to film race scenes at three Georgia car racing tracks: Dixie Raceway in Woodstock, Atlanta Raceway in Douglasville, and Atlanta International Raceway in Hampton.
The meaning and relevance of this movie's "Six Pack" title is that it is a play on words of its usual meaning which is the way beer and other drinks and beverages are packaged which is in half-a-dozen packages of cans or bottles. There are six orphaned youngsters in this movie who befriend stock car racer Kenny Rogers, hence the term "Six Pack". It is notable that Kenny Rogers' character's name is Brewster Baker, and his shortened nickname is Brew, a reference to beer. Also, both the first and last names of Rogers' character are humorous references to yeast --- just like the name "Taylor" originated from someone who was a tailor, "Brewster" was a modified name taken by someone who made beer (i.e., a "brewer"), and "Baker" is of course someone who makes bread, which also uses yeast for the leavening process. The movie contains another obvious pun on the "Six Pack" title, as well --- Kenny Rogers is shown doing lots of sit-up exercises in an effort to attain "six-pack abs".
Kenny Rogers was about forty-three-years-old when he starred in movie. This is Kenny Rogers' only big starring top billing theatrical movie. Apart from Longshot (2001), this is the only theatrical movie with Kenny Rogers.