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People claim that racing is boring and not really a sport because anybody can drive a car. Like any sport, the more you watch racing the clearer the strategy, skill and competition become. As for boring, I can only shake my head in confusion. The best rebuttal to this claim can be found in the video store. If racing is so boring, buster, how come so many films are racing-related? Admittedly, many are not very good but they do offer insight into racing culture. The Top Five Racing Movies are as follows: 1. Speedway (1968) Elvis Presley and Nancy Sinatra sing and dance; Elvis drives a stock car and NASCAR heroes Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough and Tiny Lund make cameos. 2. Six Pack (1982) Continuing the absurd theme, suburban cowboy Kenny Rogers attempts to race stock cars and care for a half-dozen orphans. 3. Le Mans (1971) Steve McQueen and race cars — enough said. 4. Stroker Ace (1983) Find out why a local band named themselves after this Burt Reynolds masterpiece 5. Greased Lightning (1977) Richard Pryor in the story of one of the few black stock car drivers, Wendell Scott.

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