Drivers, start your engines! POV presents the broadcast premiere of director Marshall Curry’s Racing Dreams, a film that follows three elite “tween” go-kart racers as they dream of NASCAR fame.

Watch the documentary on most PBS stations this Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 9 PM. Check your local listings ».

Fondly described as “Talladega Nights meets Catcher in the Rye,” Racing Dreams chronicles a year in the life of three tweens who dream of becoming NASCAR drivers. Though they aren’t old enough for driver’s licenses, Brandon, Josh and Annabeth race extreme go-karts at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour in the World Karting Association’s National Pavement Series, the “Little League” of professional racing. The film by Marshall Curry (Oscar®-nominated Street Fight, POV 2005; Oscar®-nominated If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, POV 2011) is a humorous and heartbreaking portrait of racing, young love and family struggle.

After watching the film, visit POV’s Racing Dreams companion site for more video and interactive features.

POV is also giving viewers a chance to win an autographed poster and DVD of the film. Enter the giveaway by February 27 at 5 PM Eastern.

Did you know? Many POV films are available free to stream online and on mobile devices. Visit POV’s Watch Video page or download the PBS mobile app for iPhone or iPad, and see which films are available today!

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POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 400 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.