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After 2 years in the Army, Casey Owens, who builds and drives racing cars, enrolls in college. There he meets Chuck Manning, another young man enthusiastic about cars. Casey falls in love with Eadie, Chuck's sister, and quits college to go to work in his father's garage and continue work on a gas turbine engine. He competes in races and soon becomes something of a celebrity in racing circles. Young millionaire racing enthusiast Stanford Rogers hires Casey to build two cars for him. Scorning scientific advice, Casey refuses to conduct wind tunnel tests on the cars and, as a result, wrecks one of them when he tries to attain high speed. Rogers fires Casey; and Casey's parents, with the help of Chuck and Eadie's parents, raise enough money to buy the engine from Rogers. Heeding advice this time, Casey builds a new car around the engine, enters and wins the Tri-State Endurance Race, and with his winnings pays back the money invested in his engine. Casey marries Eadie and reenrolls in college.