Corrected entry: Any NASCAR fan knows that when you spin in a race like Cole Trickle did that you would flat spot your tires and therefore you would require a pitstop for new tires. You wouldn't just be able to keep on racing.
Corrected entry: In the final Daytona 500 there is a big wreck where Cole makes it through OK and thus he feels he can win the race. He is up to 9th place in no time. Why did NASCAR not put out a yellow flag for a 5+ car wreck in Turn 3?
Corrected entry: No team could use a single race car for an entire NASCAR season, especially when it is being wrecked every week.
Corrected entry: Towards the end of the movie when Tom Cruise and Robert Duval are fighting in his Garage, Tom's Nascar racecar is in the shot. This car is still showing the signs of a major amount of "rubbing" and or contact sustained during a race, yet it is still showing the yellow and green City Chevrolet livery that the team were running earlier in the season. As the film progresses, the team run a Superflo Oils livery up to Cole's accident. It is also mentioned earlier in the film (by Randy Quaid) that he needs Robert Duval to build him a car singular for his driver. Why would a struggling team paint a damaged racecar in the livery of a former sponsor?
Corrected entry: At Daytona speedway, if a car is even lightly touched, it will go out of control. These guys bang wheels and the wall viciously and battle to the end while still leading the race.
Corrected entry: The slingshot pass strategy was emphasised in the race and used by Cole to win the Daytona 500 at the end of the movie. This slingshot pass has not been used since the 70's, when radial tires and restrictor plates were implemented into NASCAR.
Corrected entry: A driver would never pit under the green with three laps to go; especially not at Darlington where he got his first win. He'd be at least a lap behind, or more because a crew member yelled that the air gun was jammed.