Days Of Thunder
Days of Thunder is a 1990 American auto racing film released by Paramount Pictures, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Tony Scott. The cast includes Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid, Cary Elwes, Caroline Williams, and Michael Rooker. The film also features appearances by real life NASCAR racers
[talking to the chassis]
Harry Hogge: I’m gonna give you an engine low to the ground… extra thick oil pan to cut the wind from underneath you. It’ll give you thirty or forty more horsepower. I’m gonna give you a fuel line that’ll hold an extra gallon of gas. I’m gonna shave half an inch off you and shape you like a bullet. I’ll get you primed, painted and weighed, and you’ll be ready to go out on that racetrack. Hear me? You’re gonna be perfect.
The cars used as those of Cole Trickle 46 City Chevrole, Rowdy Burns and Russ Wheeler were provided by Hendrick Motorsports, with racers Bobby Hamilton and Hut Stricklin as the stunt drivers. These cars actually raced during the 1989 Winston Cup Season at Phoenix, where stunt driver Bobby Hamilton officially qualified 5th and led a lap while other cars were pitting before retiring from the race, and the 1990 Winston Cup season at Daytona, Darlington. The cars were officially scored for the Phoenix race in 1989, but were not for the 1990 races, likely because of Hamilton’s strong run the year before. Cole’s first car in the film is sponsored by City Chevrolet, a real-life car dealership in Charlotte, North Carolina, owned by Rick Hendrick.
Cole Trickle is a young racer with years of experience in open-wheel racing. He is recruited by Chevrolet dealership tycoon Tim Daland to race for his team in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Daland also convinces former crew chief and car builder Harry Hogge to come out of retirement and lead Cole’s pit crew. During his first few races, Cole has difficulty adjusting to the larger NASCAR stock cars and communicating with his crew while being intimidated on the track by Winston Cup Champion Rowdy Burns
Harry Hogge: [after Cole gets spun out by Russ] Cole, you OK?
Cole Trickle: [Giving Harry a diagnosis of the car before coming onto pit road] The good news is the accelerator’s fixed. The bad news is the transmission’s screwed. I’m coming in!
One of Greg Sacks Amazing Crashes
NASCAR driver Greg Sacks did most of Tom Cruise’s stunt driving. Cruise wanted to do his own stunt driving, but wasn’t allowed to for insurance reasons. The Chevrolets were prepared by Rick Hendrick’s racing team, which later used some of the movie cars in real races.