on March 19, 2004
It's hard to kind NASCAR-related videos that are appropriate for kids. This little gem fills that niche nicely. Benny Parsons, a former Winston Cup champion, takes his niece to the races, where she interacts with other children (of drivers and crew members), shops for souvenirs, sees the garage area, gets a tour of the inside of a hauler, and watches the race. The kids in this video are clearly not professional actors, but they are very appealing and easy to watch. Jessica Waltrip (Darrell's daughter) turns in an especially able performance. Parsons is affable and he interacts comfortably with the other drivers in a way that is really fun to watch.
This tape was made in the mid-1990's, and for parents who are NASCAR fans, it can be fun to see many familiar drivers (DW, Ken Schrader, Jeff Gordon) looking 10 years younger. Also, as a note to parents of younger children - although he is not featured in the film, the late Dale Earnhardt's car (and at one point his face) appears frequently throughout the video. If you have a child who is too young to understand what happened to Big E, but is sharp-eyed and wants to know who drives every car number, be sure you have an explanation at hand that you are comfortable with before you start watching this video.
on May 2, 2001
My 3 year-old son has become a huge Nascar fan. It is great. It helps him learn number recognition, ordinal numbers and parts of a car. We found this video and he insists on watching it every day. The video explores the day of a race car driver. It explores the many different jobs to get the car ready for a race. The video uses fun songs and is very kid friendly.It discusses safety precautions that drivers use to maintain their safety. It is overall a fun filled , informative video for even the youngest children. My son has learned more things then I could have ever imagined. I myself am not a race car fan