the car he raced was this rear engined Barracuda, one of only 2 rear engined funny cars racing in 1974
his ordinary job for 47 weeks a year was as a firefighter
the movie covers the drag strips in So Cal mostly, but also Oklahoma and Utah
and I've no idea why the races at El Mirage and Bonneville are in the movie, or even if they are from 1974
Carl and Veda Orr!
and no shit, they lit the back tire on fire to race bicycles with small chutes that were pulled in a parking lot race