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Reel Racing: A Conversation with Michael Waltrip on 2019’s ‘Blink of an Eye’

(Photo: Taublieb Films)

In 2019, the documentary Blink of an Eye premiered via Fathom Events in theaters around the country. Chronicling the career of Michael Waltrip and the fateful events of the 2001 Daytona 500, the one-night-only Sept. 12 showing gave way to a widespread release on streaming. Waltrip’s 0-for-462 winless streak in the NASCAR Cup Series came to …

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Reel Racing: A Look Back at 2020’s Racing Films

(Photo: Joao Filipe Alves Beato @AdrenalMedia.com)

Well, 2020 was a weird year for movies. For about half the year, theaters were more or less shut down, and I haven’t been to one since March 2020. I won’t be going back until I get the COVID-19 vaccine and things are a bit better, but I, like so many others, relied more than ever …

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Reel Racing: The Best (& Worst) Movie Paint Schemes of the 2000s, Pt. 2

2008 NCS Darlington Kyle Busch Race Nigel Kinrade

08-10 May, 2008, Darlington, South Carolina USA Kyle Busch car ©2008, autostock, USA Brian Czobat

Yesterday, we tackled the back half of the top 10 movie-themed NASCAR schemes from the 2000s in part one. North of 75 cars ran paint jobs inspired by more than 50 film releases throughout the decade, ranging from blockbusters like all three of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies and Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins to odd or obscure choices, …

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Reel Racing: The Best (& Worst) Movie Paint Schemes of the 2000s, Pt. 1

2007 NCS Charlotte Elliott Sadler Car Nigel Kinrade

27 May, 2007, Coca Cola 600. Charlotte , North Carolina USA Elliott Sadler. ©2007, Nigel Kinrade/Autostock

Before the hopefully mostly normal 2021 NASCAR season gets underway, we’ll take a two-part look at NASCAR’s assortment of movie-themed liveries from the 2000s. Let’s also hope that this upcoming year is better for the aforementioned movie schemes; exactly zero ran in the COVID-19-impacted 2020 season, the first time since 1995 that none hit the …

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Reel Racing: The Best (& Worst) Movie Paint Schemes of the 1990s

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

I changed my mind! At first, I intended to spend two articles this week combing through more than 75 movie-themed paint schemes that ran in the first decade of the new millennium. However, after realizing that next week is Thanksgiving and our readers’ attention will likely be elsewhere, along with me having extended hours at …

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Reel Racing: The Best (& Worst) Movie Paint Schemes of the 2010s, Pt. 2

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

As mentioned in yesterday’s part one of this ranking, the 2010s featured more than 50 movie-themed NASCAR paint schemes representing 37 films released during the decade, as well as a number of Days of Thunder-themed throwbacks. The films ranged from blockbusters like Justice League, Captain America: Civil War and The Dark Knight Rises to racing- or car-themed films like …

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Reel Racing: The Best (& Worst) Movie Paint Schemes of the 2010s, Pt. 1

In June, I undertook a project to dig up every single movie-themed paint scheme that ever ran across NASCAR’s three touring series and, eventually, rank them. The weeks-long search yielded that exactly 100 films have been represented on stock cars throughout the years, ranging from The Wizard of Oz to Shazam. Unfortunately, 2020 became the …

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Reel Racing: NASCAR Schemes Go Hollywood

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In June, amid quarantine and with more time on my hands, I decided to undertake a project that just might be the magnum opus of this “Reel Racing” column series. Over the course of several weeks, I researched every single movie-themed NASCAR paint scheme that ever hit the track, regardless of if it actually raced …

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Reel Racing: 2006, or Bringing NASCAR to the Moviegoing Masses

(Photo: Russell LaBounty)

Aug. 4 marked the 14th anniversary of a particular 2006 film to feature racing. Two months ago, June 9, also marked the 14th anniversary of another particular 2006 film to feature racing. One is a PG-13 comedy, the other a G-rated animated film, but both quickly cemented their place in the racing film subgenre and …

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Reel Racing: ‘Days of Thunder,’ 30 Years Later

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Thirty years ago this Saturday, a little movie called Days of Thunder premiered on Wednesday, June 27 at theaters across the country. Its only new competition at the box office was the forgettable Ghost Dad, as well as – notably – the action-packed Arnold Schwarzenegger feature Total Recall and the star-filled Dick Tracy. The latter …

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