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Reel Racing: The Top 10 Racing Films of All Time

2009 Daytona Nscs Tom Cruise Face Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With a week and change until NASCAR finally returns to the track after its Olympic break, racing fans might be looking for motorsports-related media to fill the gaps. In between watching everyone from Alex Morgan to Kevin Durant compete for glory in Tokyo (albeit at incredibly weird times here in the U.S.), why not catch …

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Reel Racing: The Enigmatic Allure of the ‘Fast & Furious’ Franchise

Fast & Furious

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Are the Fast & Furious movies racing films? No, not really. But they’re fascinating, and I couldn’t help making this month’s edition of “Reel Racing” about them … especially with the ninth installment, F9 (gee, I wonder how they came up with that title) opening in North America within 48 hours of this piece being published. …

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Reel Racing: The Motorsports Movie Awards

Niki Lauda

Niki Lauda (credit: FIA images)

The 2021 Academy Awards came and went a few weeks ago in a much different-looking ceremony, held on Sunday, April 25. A limited number of attendees gathered to see a number of excellent, deserving films (Judas and the Black Messiah, The Father and Another Round among my personal favorites) awarded with the highest honors in …

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Reel Racing: Stanton Barrett Chats Hollywood Stunt Work, Motorsports Career (Part 2)

2009 Nascar Nationwide Series

14 February 2009, Daytona Beach, Florida, USA Stanton Barrett (c)2009, Nigel Kinrade, USA Autostock

Yesterday (April 7), the first part of our interview with NASCAR driver and Hollywood stuntman Stanton Barrett touched on most of his thoughts on racing. Frontstretch also chatted with the dual-industry veteran about his time working on movies, which he has done for more than three decades. The 48-year-old has more than 210 IMDb credits …

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Reel Racing: Stanton Barrett Chats Hollywood Stunt Work and Motorsports Career (Part 1)

Xfinity Stanton Barrett

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Stanton Barrett has enjoyed careers of more than 30 years in both auto racing and as a Hollywood stuntman, putting his prowess behind the wheel to use in both industries. Barrett has made 230 starts across NASCAR’s top three series over the past three decades, mostly in Xfinity competition, and has added some appearances in …

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

Michael Waltrip 6

(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

2019 Le Mans Wec Kamui Kobayashi Car Joao Filipe Alves Beato Adrenal Media

(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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