Racing for Time

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Racing for Time
Written by Glenn German
Adam Rodgers
Directed by Charles S. Dutton
Starring Charles S. Dutton
Yaya DaCosta
Zulay Henao
Saige Thompson
Allesandra Fordballazes
Tiffany Haddish
Dequina Moore
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Peter Sadowski
Christopher Morgan
Editor(s) Lance Anderson
Running time 87 minutes
Original release
  • February 19, 2008 (2008-02-19)

Racing for Time is a 2008 Lifetime Original Movie, starring Charles S. Dutton, and Elizabeth Peña. The movie is based on the accomplishment of real life coach and prison guard Sergeant Noel Chestnut (later promoted to lieutenant) and the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility's track team he started.[1][2] The real story took place in California in the 1990s when California's Youth Authority's correction's officer Noel Chesnut started a track team for female inmates throughout the Camarillo area facilities where many of the female offenders had been convicted of murder and robbery. Noel sacrificed a lot to encourage these girls and several of them went on to lead successful lives due to his program.[3][4][5]


Cleveland "Stack" Stackhouse (Charles S. Dutton) is a guard with the Texas Correctional Youth Authority who witnesses the cycle of destructive choices and racial tensions among female teen offenders and decides to do something about it. He gathers African-American, Latina and Caucasian teens, and organizes a multi-racial track team behind the bars of the prison. Participation in Stack's track team not only breaks down the racial divides between the girls, but puts them on a path to turn their lives around.

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