VROOOMMM! A NASComedy - Triad Stage
A NasComedy Audience Guide
The Triad VROOOMMM! A NASComedy audience guide was created to greater assist you in learning more about Janet Allard’s play. It contains photos and dramaturgical information that may refresh or deepen your understanding of the material. Enjoy!
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As we approach the halfway point of our 15th anniversary season, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about Triad Stage’s Core Values. I don’t mean to imply that I don’t think about these values all the time. I do. I try to examine every decision we make at Triad through the lens of these values. But what I’ve been thinking so much recently in relation to these values is where they came from, how they were a key part of our original business plan, and why they keep me so creatively connected to the idea of making an artistic home in the Triad.
It’s odd to think that when Rich and I first decided that the Triad was going to be the home to our seemingly crazy idea of leading a next wave of regional theaters, the internet was in its infancy. I didn’t yet have a mobile phone or an email address. Rich was finishing up his MFA at Yale and I, for a few months, was working as a front desk clerk at the then-largest Holiday Inn in the world and living in a pretty dreadful apartment off of what was then High Point Road. I worked odd hours because I’d never actually had a job outside of the theater and when they asked me what shift I wanted to work, my first thought was: Costume history! A shift is a ladies undergarment! And my second thought was: Swing Shift starring Goldie Hawn! So I blurted out swing shift and found myself working 8 PM to 3 AM.
Rich would come down to Greensboro and we’d work on the business plan together on my Brother word processor that seemed almost state-of-the-art with its five inch screen and floppy disks. (I still have a box of those floppy disks and often imagine the horrible love poems and bad attempts at novels that might linger in some technological Neverland.) It was on this word processor that I remember writing out those first 10 core values. Now I can view them on a tablet, a laptop, a smart phone, a desktop, virtual reality goggles, and my watch. In the years since the first of our dreaming, technology has certainly changed. But our values haven’t.
We’ve refined them at times, but the heart of these core values remains consistent. I’m always thrilled when audience members stop me after a show and talk about how that particular performance seemed to relate to one of our core values. In a world where theater is so frequently commoditized, I’m lucky to have found myself blessed with an audience that believes the WHY we do something is far more important than the WHAT we do.
And today—perhaps it’s because I’m drinking my coffee from my souvenir Andalusia: Home of Flannery O’Connor mug—I’m thinking quite strongly about our core value of A Southern Voice. Some assume this core value means we only do work about the south. That’s obviously not true as we’ve done work from all across the US, and from Europe, South Africa, and Australia. But I would say that we are a Southern theater—geographically, there is no denying that—but in spirit and value we are Southern as well. We are a regional theater that believes that the word regional doesn’t mean smaller or insular or provincial.
But what does being a Southern theater mean? I know it doesn’t mean quaint, nostalgic, or chauvinistic. I think it means being local, organic, and rooted. I hope it means truly belonging where you are while engaging with others who are rooted elsewhere so you can share, learn and inspire each other. I think being a Southern theater means exploring what the South can teach us about the rest of the world and, in return, what the rest of the world can teach us about who we are.
A couple of weeks ago Laurelyn Dossett and I, on the way the way to visit the self-taught artist Mary Paulsen, went on a two-lane road trip east and somehow discovered the beautiful Lake Waccamaw we’d zoomed past a thousand times on the interstate. That is part of what exploring the South means. On MLK day I had the honor of being on a diverse panel at the International Civil Rights Museum discussing concepts of truth. That’s part of what exploring the South means. And this December in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, I met a young Mexican woman whose brother had recently moved to North Carolina. And that, too, is part of what exploring the South means. For me, exploring the South means an ongoing quest of exploring who we are where we are so that we can make where we are the best it can be.
And for the next couple of months on both our stages in both our cities we’re going to be taking two more journeys in that quest. Both are new plays about the south. Both have a female as a key part of the creative team—Janet Allard as playwright of VROOOMMM! and Laurelyn Dossett as composer for RADIUNT ABUNDUNT. Both feature all female casts. And both are directed by the two southerners in the MFA directing class at Yale in 1996—myself and the constantly inventive and always hilarious David Karl Lee.
Thumbing our noses to the snow and ice, this past weekend our technical rehearsals for VROOOMMM! started and continue in spite of all the inconvenience caused by the weather. The actors and director are all housed in downtown Winston, but we got just about everyone else from Greensboro over on Thursday night and put them up in a hotel till the thaw of yesterday. And while the weather was pretty frightening outside, the excitement was burning up the track at the Hanesbrands as six fantastic women race around the stage playing men, women, mad scientists, karaoke artists and Richard Petty in Janet Allard’s stock car racing comedy.
Janet went to school with me and is now teaching playwriting at UNCG. I’ve long admired her work and especially this play because it is irreverent and surprising. It is satirical but not condescending as it explores an upstart female driver in the world of NASCAR. I love the way it pokes fun, but I also love the way it treasures the history. In a sport where the tradition is as much under threat from commodification as theater, it’s great to find an anarchic comedy that roots itself in a real love of racing.
The director, designers and actors are creating a wild world of quick changes, pits stops and intrigue as they bring to life Janet’s play. Director David Lee is one of kind and I can’t think of anyone better to drive this comedy to the finish line. It’s a play that is far more than just an ode to racing. It’s about women breaking barriers, about family traditions, celebrity, corporate shenanigans, love, and the drive to succeed. It’s unlike anything we’ve ever done at Triad Stage and you don’t have to be a NASCAR fan to enjoy the ride.
As a student at UNCSA, I used to drive back to Winston-Salem from the mountains on the weekends when I wasn’t in rehearsal. My old Ford Fairmont only had AM radio and I could barely pick up a station from West Jefferson for much of the trip. It was always a joy when I’d get to listen to a live broadcast of a NASCAR race. And as I drove past the Wilkesboro Speedway, I’d toast the mother church of NASCAR with my Sun Drop (big Dale Earnhardt fan in my youth) before I’d lose the radio signal, switch over to a bluegrass show from Statesville and head back to school for a late Sunday Shakespeare rehearsal.
And, I suppose, that all of that, too, is part of what exploring the South means to me.
P.S. – One of the greatest thrills of producing VROOOMMM! has been the partnership with the amazing Victory Junction. I’ve loved getting to find out about the incredible work this Triad treasure does for children and families. Our first rehearsal was at the camp in their state-of-the-art theater and all of us came away so proud to be working with these fine folks making dreams come true. Check out photos of our first VROOOMMM! rehearsal at Victory Junction!
Vrooommm! A NASComedy was written as a result of two commissions – one by Commonwealth Theatre Company and the other from the nationally-renowned Signature Theatre is Arlington, Virginia.
The Off Broadway premiere was part of New York’s Summer Play Festival in 2007.
View the source and read the full article: http://www.samuelfrench.com/breakingcharacter/?p=1398
Janet Allard is the recipient of two Jerome Fellowships at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. Recent works include: Vrooommm! A NASComedy (with Michael Dixon), currently being developed with Signature Theatre Company in Virginia, and staged at Theaterworks and Playlabs in 2005; Salmon Boy, commissioned by Perseverance Theatre; Incognito (Guthrie Theater commission) and Loyal (Guthrie Theater/Children’s Theatre Company commission), published by Playscripts, Inc.; The Unknown: a silent musical, which won an award from the Jonathan Larson Foundation with P73 productions in 2002, and appeared at Joe’s Pub as part of The Public Theater’s New Work Now Festival 2004, and in the New York Musical Theater festival in 2005; Untold Crimes of Insomniacs (Guthrie Theater commission), staged at Playlabs 2003, premiered at the Guthrie Lab in 2004, and published by Playscripts, Inc.; Privates at Mixed Blood Theater as part of the Bill of (W)Rights project, published by Playscripts, Inc.; TGIF or Who is Monster Mom, (written with Lisa D’Amour) at Gray Space in Minneapolis; and The Swim at Red Eye Theater in Minneapolis. Ms. Allard’s work has been seen at The Guthrie Lab, The Kennedy Center, Mixed Blood, Playwrights Horizons, Yale Rep, The Yale Cabaret, The Women’s Project and Productions, Perseverance Theatre, The House Of Candles, and Access Theater in New York City, as well as internationally in Ireland, England, Greece, and New Zealand.
Ms. Allard is a MacDowell Colony Fellow and a Fulbright Fellow (1998, New Zealand and the South Pacific). She is a core member of The Playwrights’ Center and has an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama.
Janet Allard conceived and developed VROOOMMM! A NASComedy with Michael Bigelow Dixon.
Michael Bigelow Dixon is a playwright, director, and professor of theatre. For 17 years, he supervised the reading and selection of plays for the annual Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville. He then moved to Minneapolis where he created a new play program that commissioned, developed, and produced more than 100 plays in six years. He’s been Resident Director at The Playwrights’ Center, Literary Manager at the Alley Theatre, Literary Associate at South Coast Repertory, and a Fellow in the Theatre Program at the National Endowment for the Arts. He’s written more than a dozen produced and published plays, most with Valerie Smith. Of these, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Apres Opera, and Breaking the Chain are published by Samuel French. Mr. Dixon has edited 35 volumes of plays and criticism, and has directed new plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Guthrie, the Magic Theatre, Florida Stage, the Illusion, and Commonweal Theatre. He has taught at Carleton and Goucher Colleges, and now teaches on the theatre faculty at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY.
Early Women Stock Car Drivers
As World War II came to a close, former soldiers, bakers, moonshiners, and mechanics took their personal vehicles to various dirt tracks to participate in stock car racing. Similar to legendary stock car racer Red Byron, the racers sacrificed their cars, health, and finances to prove they were the fastest and most skilled drivers in the country.
Among racing greats such as Lee Petty, Curtis Turner, and the Flock brothers, women competed in early stock car races as well. Female stock car racers such as Louise Smith, Sara Christian, Ethel Mobley, and Janet Guthrie added to the significant history of stock car racers.
After World War II, Bill France, the previous stock car racer turned promoter, thought women drivers could bring larger audiences to the races he promoted. Perhaps drawing from the popularity of early women racers and stunt drivers such as Elfrieda Mais, Joan LaCosta, and Dorothy Walker (Masked Marvel), Bill France recruited Louise Smith, a woman with a strong reputation for outrunning law enforcement, to race. During her first stock car race driving a modified 1939 Ford, she reportedly finished 3rd. As legend has it, even after officials raised the checkered flag, Louise kept driving. As a result, officials had to display the red flag to bring her vehicle to a stop. Although Louise knew a red flag meant to “stop,” she was unaware the checkered flag indicated a completion of the race. “They told me if I saw a red flag to stop. They didn’t say anything about the checkered flag,” she said.
Louise Smith was destined to race. In 1947, driving her husband’s new Ford, Louise traveled from Greenville, South Carolina to Daytona Beach, Florida. Instead of merely watching the race, Louise decided to enter the race. Unfortunately, Louise’s car was wrecked. Suspecting her husband would be disappointed, when she arrived back to Greenville, South Carolina, Louise did not say a word. When her husband asked her where was the car, she remarked, “That ol’ trap broke down in Augusta (Ga.).” In response, her husband showed her the front page of the Greenville newspaper that displayed an image of her smiling in front of the wrecked vehicle.
After the unfortunate incident, Louise continued to race. Being a woman on the racetrack, however, was not easy. When discussing racing as a woman, Louise remarked, “The men didn’t like it to start with and they wouldn’t give you an inch.” During her career, Louise won 38 races. Known today as the Sprint Cup Series, she had 11 starts in the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing’s (NASCAR) Strictly Stock division. Inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1999, Smith passed away in April of 2006 at age 89.
With the distinction as the first woman to compete in the newly formed NASCAR circuit, Sara Christian remained the only woman to finish in the top-five in a NASCAR race until Danica Patrick broke her record in 2011. Sara was named the United States Drivers Association Woman Driver of the Year in 1949. Inducted into the Georgia Automobile Racing Hall of Fame in 2004, Sara Christian passed away in March of 1980 at age 61.
To racing historians, it is no surprise Ethel Flock Moberly is a member of the Flock family. Operating an illegal moonshining business, the Flock family were juggernauts in stock car racing. During her racing career, Ethel competed in over 100 races and regularly raced against her brothers Tim, Fonty and Bob Flock. Legend has it Ethel’s name derived from the gasoline her father put in his taxi. Noted as the second female NASCAR driver tied with Louise Smith, Ethel died in June of 1984 at age 64.
Janet Guthrie, another racing great, earned a pilot’s license at the age of seventeen. After graduating from college, she began a career as an aerospace engineer. Intrigued by race cars, Janet brought a Jaguar XK 120 and disassembled and reassembled the engine. Afterwards, she started racing in gymkhanas, field trials and hill climbs. Guthrie purchased a Jaguar XK 140 and racing soon followed in which she became the first woman to compete in a NASCAR Winston Cup event. Today, she remains one of two women to finish in the top ten in the Indianapolis 500. She also was the Top Rookie and first female to race at the Daytona 500 in 1977. Throughout her career, Guthrie garnered five top-10 finishes in 33 starts with four top 10s in 1977 and one in 1978.
Despite Janet’s accomplishments and support from fellow racers, Guthrie failed to sway rumors that she was not as talented as male drivers. In an interview, she said, “I know that that is not true. I stand on my record … but it’s hard to have your reputation kicked around again and again.” She was forced to retire after not receiving the sponsorships or similar levels of support and respect as her male counterparts. Named to the Women’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1980 and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2006, Janet Guthrie’s helmet and driver’s suit are on display in the Smithsonian. Her autobiography, “Janet Guthrie: A Life at Full Throttle” was published in 2005. Guthrie currently is 77 years old.
Interwoven in the fabric of stock car racing encompassing men and women, female pioneers such as Louise Smith, Sara Christian, Ethel Mobley, and Janet Guthrie shaped the history of women NASCAR drivers such as Danica Patrick, Jennifer Jo Cobb, Johanna Long, Erin Crocker and Teri Macdonald-Cadieux. Although the early female stock car drivers’ challenges were numerous, their accomplishments are significant, and their legacies are rich.
Below are links to several websites that will give you an opportunity to meet the early and future women who shape stock car history. The section “Additional Articles and Resources” also make a great companion. Enjoy!
Female NASCAR drivers (updated November 22, 2015)
Race to Equality – History of Women in Racing April 23, 2013
Top 11 Best Most Notorious Female Race Car Drivers Of All Time February 16, 2015
10 Women Who Shook the Auto Industry May 24, 2015
From the start, Ford insisted -- despite early investors’ demands-- that his cars were not simply rich folks’ playthings but for everyday use by “real people.” It was as if Ford created his vehicles with the isolated, overworked farmer in mind -- although even his own father the farmer at first refused a ride in one of his son’s prototypes. (Thompson 27)
Henry Ford, regarded as one of the greatest innovators in American history, found an uncharacteristic way to insert “Ford” into the consciousness of hardworking American men and women of the early 1900’s. Although Ford did not invent the automobile, he created an atmosphere in which his automobiles became synonymous with words such as “car” and “quality.”
In a crowded automobile industry, in an attempt to bring his car to the forefront, in 1901 Ford elected to enter his vehicle into a car race at the fairgrounds in Grosse Point, Michigan. Ford, a newcomer to the racing circuit, paired his prototype against fellow carmaker Alexander Winton during a 10-mile race. Unlike Henry Ford, Winton was a crowd favorite and record holder. As the race commenced, Winton predictably captured the lead and the crowd’s enthusiasm. During the eighth lap around, however, the air at the fairground was filled with anticipation as Ford’s vehicle sped past Winston’s to secure the lead! The crowd, having never seen a car go 45 miles an hour, was overwhelmed with the possibilities Ford introduced in vehicle stamina and performance. Although this race would mark the end of Ford’s professional driving career, it marked the beginning of Ford’s dominance in racing. After receiving the crowds’ favor, Ford engaged others men to drive his prototypes. Hence, in subsequent races in which Ford’s vehicles won first place, Ford learned “winning a race on a track told the public something about the merits of an automobile.” “Win on Sunday, (race day) sell on Monday” was a phrase that would soon dominate the racing world. This motto became paramount in shaping Ford’s company into a juggernaut in automobiles. Although Ford did not invent the automobile, he created an atmosphere in which his automobiles became synonymous with words such as “car” and “quality.”
“If an automobile were going to be known for speed, then I was going to make an automobile that would be known wherever speed was known.” Henry Ford
Ford, Prohibition, and Racing
With the advancement of the Ford prototype, Henry Ford became known as a man of character and impeccable work ethics. Likewise, he expected his workers to remain “sober and honest and hardworking.” Established in 1903, Ford Motor Company became an avenue in which Ford demanded a replication of his character from those in his employ.
“Intoxicating liquors” was slowly becoming known as the source of tough times in the early 1900’s. At the beginning of the 20th century, the idea of establishing a Utopian society was inhibited by the negative impact of liquor. With the absence of alcohol, the overarching sentiment of the time was that men could be levelheaded, intelligent, hardworking family men. Henry Ford echoed this idea and required his workers to be sober on the job and off. To enforce the requirement, he hired spies to follow his workers to discover and report any rule breakers.
Ford was not alone in believing alcoholic beverages were detrimental to Americans and America as a whole. With the support of Protestant Evangelicals and the Anti-Saloon League, the Eighteenth Amendment enforcing Prohibition became law. With prohibition came those who resisted the ban. As a result, during Prohibition, moonshiners made a living by making and delivering illegal moonshine to homes and businesses. To avoid incarceration, the drivers, who frequently drove on dirt roads through mountainous terrains, developed innate driving tricks to successfully avoid federal agents. Ford’s model V-8, with help from early mechanics such as the legendary Red Vogt, became the vehicle outlaws used to successful escape the law. The most successful early stock car drivers such as Roy Hall and Lloyd Seay were also successful bootleggers.
Over time, Americans grew weary of the restrictions Prohibition demanded. Even Henry Ford, who “once threatened to shut down his assembly lines if the Eighteenth Amendment was overturned” acquiesced. In 1933, thirteen years after Prohibition started, it was officially reversed. Nevertheless, even after the end of Prohibition, homemade tax-less moonshine was still outlawed. Similarly, some states elected to remain dry states, hence the need for bootleggers (and the drivers who served as the foundation of the early American stock car marker) continued.
“For a decade, stock car racing had been sustained by a pure, very southern us-versus-them attitude. “Us” was the drivers, mechanics, owners, promoters, and fans. “Us” was poor-as-red-dirt farmers, grammar school dropouts, men who knew a mule from an ass. If “us” hadn’t made moonshine, “us” had sure as hell tasted it. “Them” was anyone trying to get in the way: revenue agents, Yankees, the AAA, the police.” -- Neal Thompson
Root of Prohibition (PBS)
Thompson, Neal. Driving with the Devil. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2006. Print.
With the number of sequences requiring Karaoke style music located in the pages of VROOOMMM! A NASComedy, playwright Janet Allard has allowed music and their subsequent lyrics to become a character. Although the plays lyrics are not included below, the titles of the songs and the tunes that influenced them are.
Before viewing the play, listen to some new and old favorites and come and enjoy VROOOMMM! A NASComedy at the Hanesbrands Theatre in Winston-Salem!
Script reference, page number, name, and location (when applicable) of the Karaoke bar. Note: Although the musical references below are taken directly from stage directions, the references are supported by dialogue.
1. SCRIPT: Holly “Legs” Nelson sings Queen of the Road (Based on King of the Road by Roger Miller. (22, Allard)
Location: Thirsty Worm in Paperclip, Philadelphia during Wednesday night Karaoke.
2. SCRIPT: Chip sings RICHARD PETTY (based on the 60’s hit RUNNING BEAR by JP Richardson), karaoke style. SLY and LEGS do the back-up karaoke dance moves joining in to sing the chorus.) (24-26, Allard)
3. SCRIPT: ROCKY, a beer in each hand steps up to the Karaoke microphone. A song starts - reminiscent of a karaoke version of Patsy Klein’s “After Midnight.” Rocky dedicates the song to “Flossie” Rocky’s deceased ex-wife.
The Thirsty Armadillo (Karaoke location) in Badax, Michigan.
Bad Axe, Michigan
"With just under 4,000 residents, Bad Axe is a quaint community surrounded by farmland and woods. Bad Axe is located only 35 minutes from Lake Huron and offers many recreational activities for residents and visitors alike. Boating, fishing, hunting, camping and golfing are just a few of the fun things to do in Michigan’s Thumb." Source: http://www.badaxemich.com/
There is a Thirsty Armadillo bar located in Forth Worth, Texas.
Lyrics in Song: Should I take up Paraskiing?
Or Alpine peak jumping? (29, Allard).
Parasking: the sport of jumping off high mountains wearing skis and a light parachute composed of inflatable fabric tubes that form a semirigid wing Also called parapente Source: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/paraskiing
4. SCRIPT: WAITRESS enters humming a song - the same tune ROCKY sang in the last scene - different lyrics.) (pgs. 33-34, Allard)
Note: Previous songs: Patsy Klein’s “After Midnight.”
5. SCRIPT: (Legs picks up the Karaoke microphone. Sings) YOUR CHEATIN’ CAR (based on Your Cheatin Heart by Hank Williams) (pgs. 62-63)
Location: The Thirsty Fruitfly
6. SCRIPT: The song “Muskrat Love” plays in the background. (pg. 67)
Location: The Thirsty Muskrat
7. SCRIPT: CHIP sings a few lines from a sentimental tune like The Carpenters’ “Close to You.” (pg. 78)
Location: The Thirsty Roadkill
8. SCRIPT: A Karaoke tune cuts in - something Heavy Metal with a loud screaming start. LEGS/FLASH wails - but HOTSHOT Interrupts. (pg. 80)
Location: The Thirsty Roadkill
9. SCRIPT: (Music changes to something sappy and sweet like “What the World Needs Now is Love Sweet Love” underscoring the following speech.) (pg. 80)
10. SCRIPT: (Richard PETTY cues the sound operator to start the music. He dances to famous racing songs. He controls the starting and stopping of the music as they play a vicious game of musical chairs. A different song is used for each round. When the music stops, the racers scramble for chairs. The outcome should be different every night. A real competition.) (pg. 85).
In Janet Allard’s script, VROOOMMM! A NASComedy, embedded in the script are odes to the history of stock car racing, and to the legends that live on. With this section entitled “From Script to Stage,” I selected portions of Janet Allard’s script to post and offer additional quotes, news articles, bios, or definitions to assist in comprehension. I have used stock cars great history as a primary source in which to build. Note: The section entitled “Additional Articles and Resources” is a great companion to this resource.
SCRIPT - This section will contain stage directions and/or dialogue taken directly from the script.
EXPLANATION - The script references are numbered. The stage directions and dialogue extrapolated are in numerical order. Beneath the script text highlight will be information to provide greater context.
1. SCRIPT A sound montage. In the dark, over the loudspeakers we hear the deafening sound of stock car engines starting up. A snippet of the American Anthem, F-16 fighter jets fly overhead. A voice [maybe the President, maybe Richard Petty] says: Gentleman, start your engines.” (pg. 9)
"Of the scores of football and baseball games I’ve attended, not one has come close to the emotional intensify accompanying the start of a NASCAR race. Take the National Anthem... at the anthem’s off-key climax, all heads tilt backward as a military jet -- now a staple of NASCAR races -- screams overhead." (Thompson, 358)
2. SCRIPT 120 laps to go. (pg. 9)
The racers have already gone 80 laps. Note: The Daytona 500 is a 200-lap, 500 mile race held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Source - https://www.ticketcity.com/daytona-500-tickets/daytona-500-history.html
3. SCRIPT This is Daytona Baby! The monster track that snacks on Pontiac's (pg. 9)
- As of 2012, Ford, Chevrolet, and Dodge vehicles dominated the winners circle of the Daytona 500. The last time a Pontiac won the Daytona 500 was in 1983 by driver Cale Yarborough. The two other times a Pontiac is listed as a winner in the Daytona 500 is in 1962 by driver Fireball Roberts and in 1961 by driver Marvin Panch. Source: http://www.cbssports.com/nascar/history/daytona
Other: In 1957, Everett “Cotton” Owen was the first NASCAR driver to win the Daytona 500 driving a Pontiac.
green, green, green green! (pg. 10)
Yellow flag: Signals a caution, which tells drivers to slow down to a predetermined speed. Debris on the track or a wreck are typically the chief culprits for this flag Source: http://www.nascar.com/en_us/sprint-cup-series/nascar-nation/nascar-edu/rules-guy/nascar-racing-flags.html
Green flag: Displayed at the start of the race, and during restarts. The lead driver cannot be passed on the track before the green flag is waving. Source: http://www.nascar.com/en_us/sprint-cup-series/nascar-nation/nascar-edu/rules-guy/nascar-racing-flags.html
There are eight NASCAR flags total. Click to view the remaining flags.
5. SCRIPT - (All RACERS turn up stage as ACTOR #1 and ACTOR #3 appear in the announcer’s booth as RICHARD and RANDY on the air. - pg. 11)
a. Under the list of characters in VROOOMMM!,Richard Harden is listed as "an Announcer. From the North. Very Ivy League.
Although not associated with the play VROOOMMM!, sports fans may associate the name “Richard Harden” with a professional cricket player from England.
"He (Richard Harden) is originally from Somerset in the South-West of England before migrating to New Zealand in 1999. He combined a professional cricket career in England for 16 years with experience in sales and marketing before joining the Financial Services Dept of a large accountancy practice in the UK in 1996." Source: http://www.rhinvestments.co.nz/about-us/richard-harden/
b. Under the list of characters in VROOOMMM!, Randy “Stonewall” Jackson is listed as “an Announcer. From the South. Very Good “Ol Boy.”
- "Since 1992, the Charlotte Motor Speedway annually presents the Stonewall Jackson award, an award that “recognizes standards of patriotism through personal support of the military and personal service to sacrifice above and beyond the call of duty."
- Source - http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/fans/news/coca-cola-600-pre-race-festivities-feature-military-salute-larry-cable-guy-darius-rucker-590108.html#sthash.2lgY7kP4.dpuf
General Stonewall Jackson was a war hero for the South’s Confederate soldiers. He won several key battles outmaneuvering larger forces.
- "Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson (1824-63) was a war hero and one of the South’s most successful generals during the American Civil War (1861-65)." Source -
- "From March to June 1862, Jackson led his famous “foot cavalry” on a campaign that ranged more than 650 miles (1,050 km) and fought five battles (Kernstown, March 23; Front Royal, May 23; Winchester, May 25; Cross Keys, June 8; Port Republic, June 9) in a brilliant action that pinned down much larger Union forces and posed a continual threat to Washington, D.C. Besides catapulting Jackson to fame, these actions drew thousands of Federal troops away from a drive on Richmond; Jackson’s diversions may well have saved the Southern capital from early capture." Source -
6. SCRIPT -
Richard. And it is not over -
Randy. Till the fat lady sings
Richard. Until the checkered flag is waved. (pg. 11)
Checkered flag: The most famous flag, the black and white checked flag is waved when the winner has crossed the start/finish line. Source: http://www.nascar.com/en_us/sprint-cup-series/nascar-nation/nascar-edu/rules-guy/nascar-racing-flags.html
7. SCRIPT -
7a. Randy... When I was drivin’ this check in the Spit-n-chew Tobacco 500 in ‘89
7b. Randy - ... When I was drivin’ this check in the Spit-n-chew Tobacco 500 in ‘89 it was so hot in that driver’s seat my butt blistered up- ... Let me tell you Richey, we didn’t have newfangled cooling hoses back then, we had to suck on an ice cube to get us through -- (pg. 11)
8. SCRIPT Caution flag. Caution flag.
Same as the Yellow flag.
Yellow flag: Signals a caution, which tells drivers to slow down to a predetermined speed. Debris on the track or a wreck are typically the chief culprits for this flag Source: http://www.nascar.com/en_us/sprint-cup-series/nascar-nation/nascar-edu/rules-guy/nascar-racing-flags.html
9. SCRIPT To win her first race ever here - (pg. 14)
Although no woman has won the Daytona 500, Danica Patrick became the first woman to win the pole for the Daytona 500 in 2013. During the Daytona 500 on February 24, 2013, Danica placed 8th.
"The routine is nothing new for Patrick, who was the first woman to lead laps in the Indianapolis 500. She finished third in 2009, the highest finish in that illustrious race for a woman. And she became the only woman to win an IndyCar race when she did it in Japan in 2008." Source: http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar/cup/story/_/id/8956961/danica-patrick-first-woman-win-daytona-500-pole
10. SCRIPT I hear she’s got soft tires (pg. 15)
"Soon after the development of dedicated racing tires, teams quickly discovered that the sooner a tire was raced after leaving the mold, the better it gripped the track and the faster the car could go through the turns. The longer a tire sat on the shelf, the harder it got and the less grip it had.
- That basic principle is still true of today’s racing tires. Many manufacturers will advise you to store your tires in a dark, cool place and wrap them to help prevent deterioration due to the evaporation of certain chemicals that help maintain the elasticity of race tires.
As racers became aware of the shortfalls of advanced age in a race tire, they began to search for ways to introduce various ingredients into the tire so that it could live a longer life. In the mid-’90s, a few enterprising teams took advantage of the use of tire treatments to freshen up their tires. Most teams were not aware of the process. This left a select few winners who cleaned up each weekend. The soakers’ world came crashing down when some of the sanctioning bodies declared that all teams were to purchase and use their race day tires on the day of the race. That ended the reign of many soak champions." Source:
- NASCAR Tire Soaking Charges Fade September 4, 1998
11. SCRIPT I hear she dropped a load of buckshot on that track, made her car 300 lbs. lights. (pg. 15)
a. "Back in The Day drivers were known to load buckshot into their car panels. The load of lead pellets would help the car pass minimum-weight requirements in pre-race inspection. Once the race started, the driver would pull a hidden lever or string, opening a chute and allowing the buckshot to dribble out.
As the lead pellets gradually spilled out, the car became lighter and lighter – and faster and faster.
Of course the lead pellets didn’t simply disappear once they hit the asphalt. They flew everywhere and piled up with the “marbles” and other racetrack refuse." Source: http://www.racintoday.com/archives/23609
b. Darrell Waltrip’s team would fill frame rails with BBs or buckshot, then when on the track, he’d pull a little wire that would open a trap door in the frame rail, and the BBs would spill out on the back straight. But once, a crewman washed the car and got the BBs wet. They all stuck together, and didn’t escape until Waltrip was speeding down pit lane. As the BBs pelted crew members from other teams, as well as NASCAR officials, it did not take long for inspectors to close that loophole. Source: http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/a6138/top-nascar-engineering-cheats/
12. SCRIPT Heard her helmet was made outta lead. (pg. 15)
“NASCAR used to weigh the cars to make sure they were at the minimum before the race, but not after, and teams would do all sorts of things to get the cars through inspection, including placing solid lead radios and helmets in the car as they rolled across the scale. ” Source: http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/a6138/top-nascar-engineering-cheats/
13. SCRIPT Rocky: MIRACULOUS gas mileage. (pg. 15)
SLY. SCRIPT I hear she’s got an extra fuel tank hidden up in there somewhere. (pg. 15)
We bought a car from Cotton Owens that David Pearson had worn out for about three years before that. It was a candidate for the junkyard. We called it the Old Goat. We did incredible things what that car. It was a Dodge, No. 88, and we had some top-five runs that you couldn’t even dream of.
We almost had a big explosion at the shop because of that car.
We were cutting the quarter panels off to reskin it. I hollered, “Whoa! Whoa!” I saw something shiny in there. There was the nicest little five-gallon tank about that left rear wheel, and we were just about to stick a torch to it. It would have lifted our little shop right off the ground if I had. That was where they’d hidden the extra gas to get around the rule you could only have 22 gallons in the tank. (31, Poole).
14. SCRIPT I hear they found fuel additive in her catch man’s catch can.
Fuel Additives are illegal substances which lead to an unfair advantage for racers. A catch man is part of the pit crew. His job is to catch the empty gas can from the gas man who fuels the car during pit stops. Source: http://espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/icons/news/story?page=nascar101/glossary
Example of an Additive used in a race:
a. "Rocket fuel ...is oxygenated so that it can burn in an environment where oxygen does not exist. Adding rocket fuel to a race car’s engine causes the gas to burn hotter, which would increase the horsepower in the engine. According to sources, the substance is propylene oxide, which is a gel-like substance used in rocket fuel. "That is a term that has been used describing that substance,” said Jim Aust, the president and CEO of Toyota Racing Development (TRD). “I really don’t have any idea what it is. We’ve been talking to NASCAR and they have a chemical name for it that is not pronounceable from what we’ve heard. There has been some indication that term (rocket fuel) has been associated with it.” Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/nascar/news?slug=daytonawaltrip
Examples of rampant cheating in the Daytona 500 during 2001.
b. "Daytona 500, 2001: The 2001 Daytona 500 was perhaps the greatest triumph of NASCAR inspectors over innovation. Eighteen teams were fined for cheating, with infractions that included illegal fuel additives, an illegal air deflector, an illegal fuel tank, illegal control arms, and illegal suspension modifications. But NASCAR maybe should have been paying more attention to driver safety than air deflectors: That was the year Dale Earnhardt was killed at Daytona, a death that could have been prevented had NASCAR mandated one of the already-popular head and neck restraints." Source: http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/a6138/top-nascar-engineering-cheats/
14.CHIP. Truth is they caught her with a screwy rear fascia.
Hotshot. Nah, she replaced the offensive rear fascia.
Hotshot. But she replaced the one she replaced with another screwy rear fascia. (pg. 16)
- NASCAR says no more messy bumpers September 24, 2011
Penske Racing to plead case to appeal panel May 1 April 23, 2013
NASCAR Penalizes Logano, Keselowski for Unapproved Car Parts April 17, 2013
n.— «NASCAR inspectors ordered the rear-end bodywork cut completely off the No. 3, claiming the rear fascia was an experimental, unapproved part. On a production car, the rear fascia would be loosely defined as the back end of the car, the place where you’d find the rear bumper, taillights, and trunk opening. On a Winston Cup car, these individual components are replaced with the one-piece fascia, which is made of composite plastics.» —“Talladega 2000: Running Wild” by Tom Jensen Kansas City Star (Kan., Mo.) Jan. 15, 2005. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)
17. SCRIPT Rockey. I hear you’ve got an illegal restrictor plate, Sly. (pg. 16)
a.) "One well-known cheating device was discovered in 1971 when former driver Charlie Glotzbach raced a Chevrolet owned by legendary team owner Junior Johnson. The car featured a retractable restrictor plate. During a race, Glotzbach would manually remove the plate, thereby allowing a much larger fuel-air mixture. That, in turn, created more speed." Source:
b.) Toyota used a restictor plate. After being discovered, they were banned for the remainder of the 95’ and 96’ racing seasons.
"Toyota has some of the best engineers in the world. Every car is inspected before the race by the governing body to make sure that the restrictor plate is installed. Toyota engineers figured out how to allow air in to the turbo intake that completely bypassed the seals around the restrictor! In addition, when the car was moving and the turbo was engaged, the restrictor plate would be moved back a couple of inches completely nullifying the effect of the restrictor plate. Some of the best judges and techs had gone over the car to make sure shenanigans like this weren’t taking place. In fact, the engineering was so good that when the turbo was disassembled post-race for inspection, judges couldn’t find any evidence that extra air had passed through the turbo. Toyota had manufactured special springs and clips that would move the restrictor plate back from the air intake, but when the turbo was disengaged the springs would pop it back in to position making it appear that everything was kosher. Like a sprinter, the more the engine could breathe, the faster it could go." Source: http://crasstalk.com/2011/03/cheatins-still-winnin-the-story-of-toyota-racings-best-cheat-ever/
18. SCRIPT I hear you rig your bumper to fall off.
Example of controversy associated with a bumper falling off:
In 1982, "(t)here was quite a bit of controversy in the Daytona 500 of that year as well. Bobby Allison’s rear bumper fell off his car, early in the event after being brushed by Yarborough. It was Allison’s first race with DiGard, and many accused DiGard crew chief Gary Nelson of purposely rigging the bumper so it would fall off, including Darrell Waltrip, no fan of the Gardner’s after his stormy tenure there. The rear bumper was known to create a lot of drag and Allison’s car was a rocket ship after the bumper came off, leading almost three quarters of the laps. Ironically, it is that same Gary Nelson that is now in charge of seeing to it Winston Cup teams don’t cheat. Source: http://www.racefansforever.org/50-years-of-nascar-racing--daytona-little-cars-and-big-bucks-post-31.html
19. SCRIPT I hear you’ve got a wedge in there, Chip, that comes out and drops your car 4 inches.
Examples of cars lower to the ground:
a. The 1960s saw quite a bit of experimentation with aerodynamics that were also not covered by the rules. At one point, the distance from the car to the ground was not regulated, nor the width. Racers who figured out that a lower car got better downforce and traction or a narrower car was less steel to push through the air had an advantage for a race or two until NASCAR’s rules caught up with them. Source: http://machinedesign.com/news/how-cheat-nascar
b. “You have to look for the advantage,” says Tony Glover, team manager with Chip Ganassi Racing. “The sponsors want to see their cars up front. The team owners want to see their cars up front. You’ve got to take it to the very bitter edge.
“Sometimes, you might go a little bit too far. You might start the race with a car that’s dead-on on height but by the end of the race, you’re 16th of an inch too low. You’re not going to start the race with a car too high. It’s just gotten so competitive now that you’re trying to get all you can out of your car as you can within the rules. You can’t leave anything on the table.” Source: http://nmpaonline.com/archives/2005/feature-1.html
c. For 2014, NASCAR eliminated the minimum ride-height rule at most tracks, which meant the cars could run lower to the ground. That in turn meant better aerodynamics, a lower center of gravity and increased speed. Source: http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/year-of-speed-nascar-teams-go-faster-than-ever-before-112114
20. SCRIPT I hear you’ve got an over-sized engine, Hotshot.
Junior Johnson comments on engine motors and bypassing the rules:
Take his trick whereby, “You could run a 500 cubic-inch motor and it would check at 358 or whatever they wanted,” he said.
All he did was file a slot, a tiny channel, out from the edge of the spark plug hole. So when inspectors attached “that little pump” that measured cubic inches by air pressure, that slot “was letting off air,” he said, just enough to make the engine look legal.
Come race time, “You put a washer around the spark plug,” he said, and tightened it down, and off your driver went with your big engine. Source:
21. SCRIPT Rocky. It’s one thing to find the “grey areas” of the rule book... It’s one thing to find the “competitive advantage.”
Legendary stock car mechanic “Red Vogt squeezed extra horsepower from the engine in pony-sized increments, exploiting every crack and imperfection in NASCAR’S rule book. If the rules didn’t specifically outlaw something, Vogt did it. If the rules banned it, he devised hard-to-detect methods of adding horsepower while eluding a NASCAR inspector’s eyes. ...Stock cars had never been truly stock. Men such as France knew that perfectly stock cars would make for lousy races, which is why modifications has been allowed right from the start. Because the list of allowable modifications was always in flux -- and continues that way today -- Yunik called stock car racing “at best, a good-natured lie.” Vogt’s response to that lie was to beat the rule makers at their own game... That sly game became as much a part of stock car - racing strategy as tires and pit stops. And as Vogt like to say, “It’s not cheating if you don’t get caught (pgs. 297-298, Thompson).
Note: When Danica Patrick won the pole position for the Daytona 500, she was criticized as having an unfair advantage as well.
It’s said that NASCAR has a holy trinity of sacred areas on the car: Engines, fuel and tires. Any illegal modification or manipulation in those areas is expressly frowned upon.
22. SCRIPT Legs. ... So raise your PBR’S and your Smirnoff Ice and let’s celebrate.
PBR: Pabst Blue Ribbon [beer]
“An opaque, citrus flavored ready to drink beverage made with Smirnoff No 21 vodka. The difference between Smirnoff Ice and a beer is Smirnoff Ice and super-premium and imported beers are brewed and have about the same alcohol content (%ABV). However, Smirnoff Ice is brewed using a malt base and contains a special recipe that gives it a clean, crisp, refreshing taste that doesn’t weigh you down. Smirnoff Ice was created as a beer alternative; brewing it using a malt base enabled Smirnoff to create a recipe that could be sold and consumed just like a beer in the United States” Source: http://www.barnonedrinks.com/tips/dictionary/s/smirnoff-ice-2028.html
22. SCRIPT CHIP. I got Jesus and Buddha and Vishnu and Shiva and Elvis hanging from the dashboad. I got a Confucius on order. (pg. 24)
- Jesus - Jesus, also called Jesus Christ, Jesus of Galilee, or Jesus of Nazareth (born c. 6–4 bc, Bethlehm—died c. ad 30, Jerusalem), religious leader revered in Christianity, one of the world’s major religions. He is regarded by most Christians as the Incarnation of God. The history of Christian reflection on the teachings and nature of Jesus is examined in the article Christology. Source: http://www.britannica.com/biography/Jesus
- Buddha -the founder of Buddhism, one of the major religions and philosophical systems of southern and eastern Asia. Buddha is one of the many epithets of a teacher who lived in northern India sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries before the Common Era. His followers, known as Buddhists, propagated the religion that is known today as Buddhism. Source: http://www.britannica.com/biography/Buddha-founder-of-Buddhism
Vishnu - (Sanskrit: “The Pervader”) one of the principal Hindu deities. Vishnu combines many lesser divine figures and local heroes, chiefly through his avatars, particularly Rama and Krishna. His appearances are innumerable; he is often said to have 10 avatars, but not always the same 10. Among the 1,000 names of Vishnu (repeated as an act of devotion by his worshippers) are Vasudeva, Narayana, and Hari. Source: http://www.britannica.com/topic/Vishnu
- Shiva - (Sanskrit: “Auspicious One”) also spelled Śiwa or Śiva , one of the main deities of Hinduism, whom Shaivites worship as the supreme god. Among his common epithets are Shambhu (“Benign”), Shankara (“Beneficent”), Mahesha (“Great Lord”), and Mahadeva (“Great God”). Source: http://www.britannica.com/topic/Shiva
Elvis - Born on January 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis Presley came from very humble beginnings and grew up to become one of the biggest names in rock ‘n’ roll. By the mid-1950s, he appeared on the radio, television and the silver screen. On August 16, 1977, at age 42, he died of heart failure, which was related to his drug addiction. Since his death, Presley has remained one of the world’s most popular music icons. Source: http://www.biography.com/people/elvis-presley-9446466
- Confucious- Kong Qui, better known as Confucius, was born in 551 B.C. in the Lu state of China (near present-day Qufu). His teachings, preserved in the Analects, focused on creating ethical models of family and public interaction, and setting educational standards. He died in 479 B.C. Confucianism later became the official imperial philosophy of China, and was extremely influential during the Han, Tang and Song dynasties. Source: http://www.biography.com/people/confucius-9254926#synopsis
23. SCRIPT CHIP sings RICHARD PETTY, karaoke style.(pgs. 24- 26)
Under the list of characters in VROOOMMM!, Richard Petty is listed as the king of racing.
Richard Petty is a champion NASCAR driver who was nicknamed “The King” for his record setting Daytona 500 and NASCAR championship wins. Source - http://www.biography.com/people/richard-petty-9439013
24. SCRIPT CHIP. Cranberry spritzer, Sylvia. Two (pg. 34)
25. SCRIPT In Scene Eleven: The Inspector Inspects, we see Legs winning car meticulously examined. Click to read an article entitled Post-race inspection process explained and view the accompanying video!
26. SCRIPT (A NAKED FAN streaks across the scene)
1. This NASCAR Fan Likes Drinking, Being Naked and rescuing raccoons August 31, 2011
2. NASCAR race delayed by shirtless guy trying to climb the catch fence over the track September 6, 2014
27. SCRIPT JOANY. It’s a hotdog Mitchie, you eat hotdogs. Where is my lighter. I swear it was in here. And lose the stupid Billy Idol accent.
British singer Billy Idol rose to fame in the 1980s on the strength of studio efforts like ‘Don’t Stop’ and ‘Rebel Yell.’
Singer Billy Idol was born on November 30, 1955, in Middlesex, England. He joined the punk band Chelsea in 1976, and delivered his first hit single, “Dancing with Myself,” with Generation X in 1980. Idol’s success continued into the following decade, his popularity bolstered by singles such as “Eyes Without a Face” and “Rock the Cradle of Love.”
28. SCRIPT SLY. You’re like Amelia Earhart and Sally Ride or... Oprah Winfrey. (pg. 50)
a. Amelia Earhart
Aviator Amelia Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas. In 1923, Earhart, fondly known as “Lady Lindy,” became the 16th woman to be issued a pilot’s license. She had several notable flights, becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean in 1928, as well as the first person to fly over both the Atlantic and Pacific. In 1937, she mysteriously disappeared while trying to circumnavigate the globe from the equator. Since then, several theories have formed regarding Earhart’s last days, many of which have been connected to various artifacts that have been found on Pacific islands—including clothing, tools and, more recently, freckle cream. Earhart was legally declared dead in 1939. Source: http://www.biography.com/people/amelia-earhart-9283280
b. Sally Ride
Dr. Sally Ride studied at Stanford University before beating out 1,000 other applicants for a spot in NASA’s astronaut program. After rigorous training, Ride joined the Challenger shuttle mission on June 18, 1983, and became the first American woman in space. Ride died on July 23, 2012 at the age of 61, following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Source: http://www.biography.com/people/sally-ride-9458284
C. Oprah Winfrey
Media giant Oprah Winfrey was born in the rural town of Kosciusko, Mississippi, on January 29, 1954. In 1976, Winfrey moved to Baltimore, where she hosted a hit television chat show, People Are Talking. Afterward, she was recruited by a Chicago TV station to host her own morning show. She later became the host of her own, wildly popular program, The Oprah Winfrey Show, which aired for 25 seasons, from 1986 to 2011. That same year, Winfrey launched her own TV network, the Oprah Winfrey Network. Source: http://www.biography.com/people/oprah-winfrey-9534419
Janet Allard discusses the lack of diversity in stock car racing in her 2005 play VROOOMMM! A NASComedy.
SCRIPT - RICHARD. And where are the African-American drivers? Why aren’t there more women and people of color? Where are the Filipino drivers and Chinese American drivers and the Filipino Chinese American Korean Mexican drivers?
RANDY. I invited them. They didn’t RSVP.
RICHARD. You forgot the Transvestite Trobriand Islanders. They get pissy if you leave ‘um out. Care for a Poppa’s Popular Pork Rind? (Allard 64-65).
At the time the play was initially performed, a Filipino driver and Chinese American driver did not exist in the NASCAR circuit. Today, NASCAR has grown marginally regarding diversity. With the implementation of the Drive for Diversity program, NASCAR has made a commitment to women and marginalized citizens to greater prepare them to enter into the well-guarded NASCAR drivers or pit crew staffs. The commitment is exemplary, yet NASCAR still has a long way to go to reach the ethnic diversity of “drivers” and patrons Allard play eludes.
Click the links below to learn more about the rich history of marginalized people discussed in VROOOMMM!
Format: Article, date, and ethnicity (if not include in headline)
A message to those who say Wendell Scott is not worthy January 31, 2015
A Nascar Driver’s Deeds Fail to Match Her Words March 6, 2013 (African American)
Darrell Wallace Jr. becomes NASCAR’s fourth African-American driver February 22, 2013
Darrell Wallace Jr. driven to chase success, not history (African American) February 21, 2015
Nascar Asks Fans to Put Away Confederate Flags July 2, 2015
NASCAR Welcomes First Filipino American Driver – August 13, 2013
Wendell Scott among new inductees into NASCAR Hall of Fame African American May 21, 2014
Wendell Scott - Legends of Nascar African American
Did you know?
Richard Pryer portrayed Wendell Scott in the 1977 Movie Greased Lighting?
In VROOOMMM! A NASComedy the racers travel to a number of tracks. Some of the tracks exists solely in the imagination of the playwright, actors, and audiences which view the production. Others tracks referenced in the script have a long history of legendary stock car drivers which traveled them. Click below to explore all of the tracks discovered or rediscovered in VROOOMMM!
Seats: estimated seating capacity of 150,000,
State: South Carlina
Seats: approximately 65,000
Other: Darlington Raceway’s historical significance, as the original paved superspeedway in NASCAR, is unparalleled.
City: Daytona Beach
Established: It broke ground in November of 1957 and opened in February of 1959
Seats: At the conclusion of the redevelopment, Daytona International Speedway will have approximately 101,500 permanent, wider and more comfortable seats, twice as many restrooms and three times as many concession stands. In addition, the Speedway will feature over 60 luxury suites with track side views and a completely revamped hospitality experience for corporate guests.
The project officially broke ground in early July, 2013 and is expected to be completed in time for the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona and DAYTONA 500.
Fresh Squeeze Superspeedway (pg. 37)
Other: Martinsville’s unique paperclip shape remains one of the legendary venue’s most iconic features, while its brief track length of .526 miles remains the shortest of the Sprint Cup venues.
Note: In the play VROOOMMM!, the Martinsville Monster Speedway is in Paperclip, Philadelphia.
City: Long Pond
World War II halted the races in the racing community. As many of the early stock car drivers served in World War II, stock car racing was forced to conclude.
When World War II ended and the solders went home, many returned emotionally and physically altered. Similar to the racers, the racetracks were also in disarray. Bill France, emerging as the prominent promoter of the day, worked to rebuild the dilapidated tracks and gather many of the old stock car drivers in the circuit.
Yet just as the racetracks were changing, the face of the racetrack drivers shifted a well. Many of the stock car drivers before World War II retired, were incarcerated, or were dead.
Robert “Red” Bryon is the driver in which World War II had it most significant tole. A prominent driver before World War II, after World II, an accident in a Ford built war plane (B-24) tackled by enemy fire left him severely wounded. In recovery, the doctors sought to amputate his leg. Byron, dependent on his leg to drive, would refuse. With help from famed mechanic Red Vogt, who modified a stock car for Byron to accommodate his leg brace, Red Bryon became the first driver to win in the newly formed NASCAR circuit.
Read more about Robert "Red" Bryon:
Byron was great champion, veteran November 10, 2012
Learn more about World War II
Did you know?
While dropping a load of bombs on Paramushiro, Byron’ B-24 and its thin aluminum skin were shredded by antiaircraft fire. It was one of the only U.S. planes damaged in that campaign. Hot shards of shrapnel plunged a jagged course deep into the Ford-built aircraft, and at least to hunks of razor-sharp hot metal sliced into Byron’s left thigh... At a makeshift army hospital, a doctor took a quick look at Byron’s injuries and immediately suggested amputation (Thompson 165).
Byron, who would eventually become NASCAR’s first winner, fiercely objected to having his leg amputated. If he leg was amputated, he knew he would never drive again.
Other Useful Quotes:
With the soldier’s pay or a job in the war-boosted economy, even a poor country boy could now buy his first car, something to baby and call his own, something that offered speed, power, escape. ‘People will pay any price for motion,’ William Faulkner wrote of the era when a man washed his car often that friends warned he’d ‘soak all of the paint off of it’ (Thompson, 170).
Freed from wartime rationing and restrictions, southerners were hungrier than ever for fun and entertainment. Awaiting them was a sport with their own cars on the track (Thompson, 170).
Rather than being stanched by war, the adventures abroad and the sweetness of victory had stirred anew the passions of stock car racing’s pioneer and fans, becoming nothing short of a new religion (Thompson, 170).
Thompson, Neal. Driving with the Devil. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2006. Print.
1. NASCAR, noted as being established in 1948, has a rich history of enthusiasts, historians, drivers, inspectors, mechanics, pit crews, etc. that help format and shape the sport. Below are the links to two digital glossaries that will give you a behind-the-scenes peak into NASCAR’s racing terms.
- Here’s some help to better understand NASCAR Apr 7, 2008
- Glossary of Racing Terms August 17, 2010
2. Below are terms taken from perusing Janet Allard’s play that may assist the reader in understanding the play greater. Additionally, “From Script to Stage” and the “Additional Articles and Resources” provide specialized resources that will greater support the play. Whether the information included is a review or new information to explore, we hope you enjoy the journey.
Boogidy boogidy boogidy!: catch phrase in racing used by commentator Darrell Waltrip who broadcasts for NASCAR races on Fox Network and competes part-time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Note: Darrell Waltrip has won 84 Winston Cup races. He holds the record for most wins of Charlotte’s World 600 with five - 1978-9, 1985, 1988-9.
He is fourth on NASCAR’s all-time win list with 84 wins.
Cocamidopropyl betaine - a derivative of coconut oil that is widely used in cosmetic products. It is a sticky, yellow liquid, and it’s made by blending raw coconut oil with a naturally-derived chemical called dimethylaminopropylamine. Coconut oil is widely available in most places, and isn’t usually very expensive. When combined with the chemical, it becomes what’s known as an amphoteric surfectant, which is basically a detergent that can act as either an acid or a base depending on the surroundings. It can produce a rich lather when used in bath and personal cleansing products and it can help thicken things like hair conditioner, two qualities that make it very popular in commercial cosmetic production. In some applications it’s also used as a mild antiseptic. Antiseptics are often particularly attractive for things like face washes designed for acne and other oily breakouts. The compound’s astringent qualities sometimes mean that products aren’t always suitable for people with really sensitive skin. Allergies, though rare, have also been reported.
Greco-Roman Wrestling: wrestling in which the use of the legs for attack or defense is forbidden and a fall is gained by the contestant who pins both of an opponent’s shoulders to the ground
National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) - NASCAR is defined as an acronym for the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing, the organization that sanctions stock car races throughout the U.S. and some international locations. The organization was formed in 1947 by a group of lawyers, auto mechanics, drivers, car owners and promoters to oversee racing, to make rules and to make sure that the racecars met uniform specifications.
Numchucks: Sometimes, nunchakus. a Japanese hand weapon fordefense against frontal assault, consisting of two foot-long hardwood sticks joined by a chain or thick cord that stretches to body width.
Trobriand Islands - (today officially known as the Kiriwina Islands) are a 170 mi² archipelago of coral atolls off the eastern coast of New Guinea, situated in Milne Bay Province in Papua New Guinea. Most of the population of 12,000 indigenous inhabitants, the Trobrianders, or Boyowans, live on the main island of Kiriwina, which is also the location of the government station, Losuia.
Wedge - Wedge is a term that racers have used for years to refer to the amount of weight between the right-front and left-rear wheels. Simply put, wedge adjustments make the car turn into the corners either looser or tighter. Read more: http://www.stockcarracing.com/techarticles/39742_what_is_wedge/#ixzz3wC3roDpv
Dale Earnhardt Race Car Driver (1951–2001)
Dale Earnhardt was born on April 29, 1951, in Kannapolis, North Carolina. He drove in NASCAR’s top division and was the first driver to win Rookie of the Year and the championship back-to-back. In total, Earnhardt -- known as “The Intimidator” for his aggressive driving -- won seven Winston Cup Championships and broke $30 million in career earnings. He died in a crash during the 2001 Daytona 500. Source: http://www.biography.com/people/dale-earnhardt-9542044
- In the year 1979 Earnhardt won his first award, the ‘Winston Cup Series’ ‘Rookie of the Year’.
- He was the ‘Champion of the Winston Cup Series in the year 1980 and won the title for the second time seven years later.
- During the years 1986-1993 he won the Coca-Cola 600 title three times.
- From 1990 to 1994, he bagged the Championship at the Winston Cup Series consecutively.
- He was the IROC champion four times from the year 1990- 2000.
- In 2001 he won the title of ‘Winston Cup Series Most Popular Driver’. The following year he was inducted in the ‘Motorsports Hall of Fame of America’.
- He became the inductee of ‘International Motorsports Hall of Fame’ in 2006 and the ‘NASCAR Hall of Fame’ in 2010.
- Best Driver ESPY Award - 2004
- NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver Award - 2011-2010-2009
Known to many simply as “The King,” NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty is the most decorated driver in the history of NASCAR racing, winning a record number 200 career races and seven NASCAR Cup championships during his illustrious career. One would think that after 1,184 races that spanned three decades, “The King” would bow out and retire quietly. Petty, however, had other things on his mind. Today, Petty is as busy as ever and spends much of his time overseeing the operations of Richard Petty Motorsports, a three-car team competing in NASCAR’s highest levels.
Off the track, Petty’s legacy continues to be that of an American icon. There is no other driver in NASCAR’s history to have made more of an impact on the sport than the Level Cross, N.C.-native Petty. He has been elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame, International Motorsports Hall of Fame, North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame, and also the North Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame. He also serves as Chairman of the North Carolina Motorsports Association.
Source - http://www.richardpettymotorsports.com/executives/richard-petty/
Click to view Richard Petty’s Career Racing Statistics.
Did you know?
- Shortly after a vicious Darlington wreck in 1970 that left Richard Petty hanging out of his car, the window net became mandatory equipment in all NASCAR race cars. See the video here.
Source - http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/video/richard-petty-s-vicious-wreck-at-darlington-090215?/nascar/video/richard-petty-s-vicious-wreck-at-darlington
A Word on Sponsors
VROOOMMM! A NasComedy by Janet Allard, is a collaboration between Triad Stage and Victory Junction.
Similar to the firesuits of prominent race car drivers in which their sponsors names and/or logos are prominently displayed, NASCAR also has official sponsors.
- Click to view logos of NASCAR’s official Sponsors. -
Likewise, in VROOOMMM! A NasComedy, Allard also features a number of sponsors in the script you may recognize.
Take a moment to view the list of sponsors listed in VROOOMMM! A NasComedy in a PowerPoint created by NaTasha Thompson Assistant Dramaturg.
1. Janet Allard conceived and developed VROOOMMM! with Michael Bigelow Dixon.
2. It’s said that NASCAR has a holy trinity of sacred areas on the car: Engines, fuel and tires. Any illegal modification or manipulation in those areas is expressly frowned upon.
3. It costs about $16 million-$18 million to carry a Cup car for a full season.
4. The Indianapolis Speedway has a tradition in which racers kissed the bricks before a race. (submitted by Amy Hamel).
- In 1996 ...(t)hat’s when Hickory, NC resident Dale Jarrett won the Brickyard 400, and his crew chief, Todd Parrott, had an idea. As crazy as it sounded, Todd Parrott wanted to kiss the yard of bricks that remained from the original Indianapolis Motor Speedway. When asked what he was doing Todd said, “We just wanna kiss the bricks.” Jarrett and Parrott and the rest of the Robert Yates Racing team turned their hats backwards and kissed the bricks. Then in 1997, Ricky Rudd turned his hat backwards and kissed the bricks and in 1998 Jeff Gordon did it as well. It was truly becoming a tradition.
5. Some of the karaoke songs and dialogue in the published script were updated in rehearsals at Triad Stage! Hence, if you are familiar with the songs used in the play, during performances you will have an opportunity to experience the newly selected songs in Triad Stage’s performance of VROOOMMM! A NASComedy.
1. Visit the Richard Petty Museum in Randleman, North Carolina.
The Petty Museum presents the unparalleled success story of one of the founding families of stock car racing, their drive for engineering excellence, and the technical inventiveness, innovation and ingenuity that made it all possible. Source: http://rpmuseum.com/
Richard Petty Museum completes move, re-opens March 12, 2014
Museums is open from Monday - Saturday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Admission to Petty Museum: Adults: $10.00, Seniors: 60 & Up $8.00, Children: 6-15 $5.00, Military Discount w/ID $8.00, All Admission subject to Tax. Group rates available. Call 336-495-1143 for further info.
GENERAL ADMISSION PRICING
Senior (60+) $17.95 with ID
Military $17.95 with ID
Children (5-12) $12.95
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3. Bring a friend to see VROOOMMM! at Triad Stage! VROOOMMM! runs January 27 - February 7, 2016. Click to purchase tickets.
The cars are fast, the trash talk faster, and the boy’s club is about to be blown wide open. Holly “Legs” Nelson is on the move as the first female NASCAR driver. But, of course, all the men say she’s cheating. It’s fast-paced action that swerves and spins around the driving competition, the endearing loyal fans, and the back-road karaoke bars. See it all unfold as a cast of six women play everyone from the announcers to the drivers and a surprise racing legend all in the pursuit of high-octane glory. - Source Triad Stage
The Articles and Resources below directly contribute to and reflect Janet Allard’s narrative.
Format - Linked article and date published when applicable.
About fire suits, fuel cells January 5, 2015
Dale Earnhardt far from only legend to drive No. 3 December 11, 2013
Here’s some help to better understand NASCAR (glossary terms) April 7, 2008
History of Stock Car Racing (Appalachian State University collection)
Inside a NASCAR Transporter January 05, 2015
Inside NASCAR: The science of the tandem draft April 20, 2011.
Microsoft streamlines NASCAR inspection process October 28, 2014
NASCAR’s different Series January 5, 2015
NASCAR drivers relate to LeBron’s heat woes June 06, 2014
NASCAR’s golden age of cheating May 17, 2012
NASCAR Kitchens: Food in the Fast Lane Updated August 6, 2012; Originally Published October 22, 200412:00 AM ET
NASCAR to penalize tandem drafting January 11, 2014
New-look cars may revive old-school politicking January 7, 2013
Post-race inspection process explained June 24, 2014
Pro Racing Tips you can use every time you drive December 12, 2015
Race Car Driver Safety - June 1, 2009
Tech Center: Laser Inspection June 04, 2013
Tire Soak - To Soak Or Not To Soak, That Is The Question September 1, 2004
The anatomy of a pit stop January 05, 2015
The Best Street-Legal Race Cars June 30, 2011
Think driving a race car looks easy? You don’t know fit July 12, 2013
Top 16 in 2016z: ranking NASCAR’s headline drivers December 21, 2015
Why is the checkered flag checkered? January 03, 2013
‘3’ announcement bound to stir up Earnhardt fans December 11, 2013
- Austin Dillon is the grandson of Richard Childress, who was the car owner for Earnhardt from 1984 through 2001. With the blessing of The Intimidator’s children, it was Dillon who finally earned the opportunity to put the number 3 back on the NASCAR tracks.
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A great part of the rehearsal process is the wealth of experiences and information pulled from the variant artists in the room. The resources compiled below are taken from the director, assistant director, and actresses during rehearsal. This list is not exclusive, yet provides a fraction of the resources perused during the rehearsal process.
Danica Patrick has plenty of fans - a new sponsor? Not yet. May 21, 2015 (submitted by David Lee - director)
Drivers Seat Elusive for Black Racers Racers May 19, 2012 (submitted by David Lee - director).
How does a NASCAR driver communicate with the pit crew? (submitted by Amy de Luz)
Spotter - auto racing (submitted by Amy de Luz)
The Last American Hero is Junior Johnson Yes! (submitted by Amy da Luz).
NASCAR For Dummies Paperback (submitted by Courtney Morris)
Greased Lighting (submitted by David Lee - director)
Superstar Richard Pryor is Wendell Scott, a top stock car racer, in this action-filled biopic with a comic twist. Action-packed entertainment for the whole family!
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Losing his confidence after a spectacular crash, a dimwitted NASCAR driver goes to hysterical extremes to recover his nerve and make a comeback.
Starring: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly Runtime: 1 hour, 47 minutes
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The Last American Hero (submitted by Amy da Luz)
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- A North Carolina moonshiner becomes a professional stock-car racer to raise money to free his jailed father. Based on Tom Wolfe’s profile of Junior Johnson. Starring: Jeff Bridges, Valerie Perrine Runtime: 1 hour, 35 minutes
NASCAR Love (Let’s go Racing) Toby Lightman (submitted by T. Izlar - dramaturg)
Written and Compiled by - Tamera N. Izlar - Dramaturg
Additional resources, photos, and/or links provided by:
Amy da Luz (Actress)
David Lee (Director)
Denise Lute (Actress)
Amy Hamel (Actress)
Courtney Moors (Actress)
NaTasha Thompson (Assistant Dramaturg)
Jennifer Woodward (Development Director/ Triad Stage)
Note: If you experience difficulty viewing the text only PDF guide, please email Tamera@TraidStage.com. Please include in the subject line “VROOOMMM PDF Audience Guide Request”. Once your email is received, I will respond via email to arrange a downloadable PDF for your perusal. Similarly, you may opt to pick up a hard copy of the PDF copy at the Hanesbrands box office.
Triad Stage Production Program - VROOOMMMM! A NASComedy
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Play mines humor from men, women in NASCAR- Winston-Salem Journal - by Bill Cissna January 23, 2016
Crossing the Finish Line - Yes Weekly - by Lenise Willis January 27, 2016
On and off the track, the action is constant in Triad Stage’s “Vrooommm!” by Bill Cissna January 31, 2016