We’ve Seen That: Days of Thunder

We’ve Seen That! Movies from the 80s, 90s and More is a movies podcast where hosts T.J. Rives and Jay Betsill discuss some of the biggest movies over the decades that defined many of our lives.

The Daytona 500 is upon us, so TJ and Jay welcome Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage to discuss the iconic Days of Thunder starring Tom Cruise, Robert Duvall and Nicole Kidman.

Days of Thunder opened in the summer of 1990 sandwiched between Dick Tracy and Die Hard 2 and it traditionally receives a lot of credit for helping bring the sport of NASCAR into the national limelight.

Eddie Gossage shares behind the scenes stories from his time in Charlotte when they were filming Days of Thunder and fun anecdotes including that his memorabilia collection includes the Mello Yello helmet worn by Tom Cruise in the movie.

Of note, NASCAR fans can watch the Daytona 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway’s FREE watch party on Big Hoss.

Days of Thunder opened on June 29, 1990. It opened at No. 1 with $15.5 million. The film ended up grossing $157,920,733 worldwide according to boxofficemojo.com.

LISTEN to the guys talk about Days of Thunder HERE

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