Take your pick of racing flicks
The Dynamic Deak Duo, Bill and Billy Jr., start off their season on April 17 at the Accord Speedway in New York.
Chris Jones, Doug Coby , Fred Nees Jr. and David Webb are all getting ready for the opening event at the Stafford Motor Speedway the weekend of April 24-26.
Peter Dance of Warren will be racing at Whip City Speedway in Massachusetts starting April 25.
Good luck to all of you this season.
Now, for those weekends that get rained out (and there were a lot of them last year) and you still need your fix of racing, why not check out some racing movies that have come out over the years.
"Days of Thunder," starring Tom Cruise , came out in 1990. It's loosely based on the life of the late Tim Richmond and the late Harry Hyde.
It also has appearances by real life race car drivers such as Rusty Wallace , Harry Gant and the late Neil Bonnet . ESPN's Dr. Jerry Punch has a cameo appearance.
The Disney Pixar movie "Cars" is a great movie, and it's not just for kids; it has a lot of adult humor in it. You will probably recognize some of the voices in the movie, like Larry the Cable Guy, who plays the wise-cracking tow truck, Mater. Owen Wilson is the voice of Lightning McQueen and Bonnie Hunt is the sizzling Porsche named Sally.
"Talladega Nights: The Ballard of Ricky Bobby," played by Will Ferrell , is a comedy. I'll warn you, the movie is unrated.
It's about being the greatest race car driver, having a hot wife, living in a mansion and eating all the best food you could eat, and then losing everything to your best friend.
Some of the other movies -- and I haven't seen all of them yet -- are "The Fast and the Furious," (the remake just came out a few weeks ago), "2 Fast 2 Furious," "The Cannonball Run," "Herbie: Fully Loaded," "Speed Racer," "Death Race," "Driven," "Cannonball Run II," " NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience," "Six Pack," "Stroker Ace," "Redline," "Grandview, USA," "Speed Zone," "Dust to Glory," "Streets of Legend," "Greased Lightning," "Viva Las Vegas," "43: The Richard Petty Story," and the movie I wrote about a few weeks ago, "The Ride of their Lives."
And last but definitely not least, "Dale," the 2007 movie about the life and career of the late Dale Earnhardt . It's a "must see" if you're a NASCAR fan. And if you were a Dale fan, have a box of tissues handy.
The Sprint Cup guys are off this weekend, but the Nationwide guys are racing at the Nashville Super Speedway in Tennessee on Saturday.