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When they got back to town, Mater pulled up alongside Lightning.
"Hey, hey," Mater whispered, "if anyone asks you, we were out smashin' mailboxes, okay?" The tow truck tore off.
Just then, Lightning heard a noise. The ground was vibrating. And something was … mooing?
It was a tractor stampede—and it was heading straight for him!
Lightning ducked out of the tractors' path just in time. The stampede rolled downtown, where Ramone was busy painting the white divider line down the newest stretch of asphalt.
"Oh, man," Ramone groaned1 as he scurried2 away, "the paint's still wet!"
Red was watering his flowers at the base of the Stanley statue. As the tractors drew near, he steeled himself to face the beasts. There was no way he was going to let a bunch of tractors take out his newly replanted posies!
The fire truck unleashed3 a mighty4 blast, and the tractors stopped in their tracks. With a group moo, they tipped over, except for a few strays who scattered5 in different directions.
"No, no, no, get out of the store!" Luigi cried frantically6 as his tire shop was overrun by stray tractors. "Hey! Don't eat the radial! Here, take the snow tire!"
"Mater!" Sheriff bellowed7.
"I wasn't tractor-tippin'!" Mater insisted.
"Then where did all of these gol' dern tractors come from?" Sheriff demanded.
Lightning stood at the edge of town, smiling at the crazy tractors. Suddenly, he noticed one heading out of town. "Hey, guys?" he called. "There's one going this way… . I got it." He headed off to wrangle8 the tractor, following it all the way to Willys Butte. Lightning whistled. "Come here, come here, tractor." He followed it to the edge of the rise that overlooked the butte. "Don't wander off." Catching9 sight of a lone10 car at the butte, Lightning grew quiet. It was Doc. "What are you doing with those old racing11 tires?" Lightning muttered to himself. He snuck behind some brush to see what Doc was going to do.
Down below, Doc rubbed the dirt with a tire and sighed.
"Come on, Doc," Lightning whispered, eager to see the Hornet in action. "Drive."
Doc got into position, focusing on the track ahead. He took a moment to blow the carbon out of his pipes, then took off.
"Whoa!" Lightning said as Doc ripped down the straightaway, kicking up plumes12 of dust behind him. Lightning watched nervously13 as Doc charged the turn at full speed, but the old car counter steered14, taking the curve beautifully. Finally, Doc finished the course and skidded15 to a stop in the same place he'd started. He was out of breath but smiling.
"Wow," Lightning said, driving up to Doc.
"You're amazing!"
Doc's expression hardened. He hadn't realized that anyone was watching. Without a word, the old race car took off, throwing dirt into Lightning's grill16.
"What are you doing?" Lightning coughed. He wasn't about to let Doc leave without a word. "Doc, wait!" The race car followed Doc back into town.
Doc rumbled17 into his office, slamming the door behind him, but Lightning caught it with a tire and forced his way in. "Doc, hold it. Seriously, your driving's incredible."
"Wonderful," Doc grumbled18. "Now, go away."
"Hey, I mean it," Lightning insisted. "You've still got it!"
Doc glared at the young race car. "I'm asking you to leave."
"C'mon," Lightning begged. "I'm a race car. You're a much older race car, but under the hood19, you and I are the same."
"We are not the same!" Doc bellowed, losing his usual cool. "Understand? Now, get out!" Doc drove to the door and held it open.
But Lightning didn't budge20. "How could a car like you quit at the top of your game?"
"You think I quit?" Doc demanded. He yanked a pull chain, clicking on an overhead light. Below it was a framed article. CRASH WIPES OUT HUDSON HORNET, the headline read, above a photo of a much younger Doc—wrecked on a racetrack infield.
"Right … ," Lightning said slowly as his racing history came back to him, "your big wreck21 in '54."
"They quit on me." Doc was silent for a moment. "When I finally got put together, I went back expecting a big welcome. You know what they said? ‘You're history.' Moved right on to the next rookie standing22 in line." He looked carefully at the photograph. "There was a lot left in me. I never got a chance to show 'em. I keep that to remind me never to go back. I just never expected that that world would find me here."
"Hey, look, Doc," Lightning said, an edge in his voice, "I'm not them."
"Oh, yeah?" Doc demanded. "When is the last time you cared about something except yourself, hot rod? You name me one time, and I will take it all back."
Lightning hesitated. As much as he wanted to show the older car that he was wrong, he couldn't come up with anything that would convince Doc— or himself—otherwise.
"Uh-huh," Doc said. "I didn't think so. These are good folk around here who care about one another. I don't want them depending on someone they can't count on."
"Count on?" Lightning said. "You've been here how long and your friends don't even know who you are. Who's caring only about himself?"
"Just finish that road and get outta here," Doc said. He drove off, leaving Lightning alone with his thoughts.


1 groaned 1a076da0ddbd778a674301b2b29dff71     
v.呻吟( groan的过去式和过去分词 );发牢骚;抱怨;受苦
  • He groaned in anguish. 他痛苦地呻吟。
  • The cart groaned under the weight of the piano. 大车在钢琴的重压下嘎吱作响。 来自《简明英汉词典》
2 scurried 5ca775f6c27dc6bd8e1b3af90f3dea00     
v.急匆匆地走( scurry的过去式和过去分词 )
  • She said goodbye and scurried back to work. 她说声再见,然后扭头跑回去干活了。
  • It began to rain and we scurried for shelter. 下起雨来,我们急忙找地方躲避。 来自《简明英汉词典》
3 unleashed unleashed     
v.把(感情、力量等)释放出来,发泄( unleash的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The government's proposals unleashed a storm of protest in the press. 政府的提案引发了新闻界的抗议浪潮。
  • The full force of his rage was unleashed against me. 他把所有的怒气都发泄在我身上。 来自《简明英汉词典》
4 mighty YDWxl     
  • A mighty force was about to break loose.一股巨大的力量即将迸发而出。
  • The mighty iceberg came into view.巨大的冰山出现在眼前。
5 scattered 7jgzKF     
  • Gathering up his scattered papers,he pushed them into his case.他把散乱的文件收拾起来,塞进文件夹里。
6 frantically ui9xL     
ad.发狂地, 发疯地
  • He dashed frantically across the road. 他疯狂地跑过马路。
  • She bid frantically for the old chair. 她发狂地喊出高价要买那把古老的椅子。
7 bellowed fa9ba2065b18298fa17a6311db3246fc     
v.发出吼叫声,咆哮(尤指因痛苦)( bellow的过去式和过去分词 );(愤怒地)说出(某事),大叫
  • They bellowed at her to stop. 他们吼叫着让她停下。
  • He bellowed with pain when the tooth was pulled out. 当牙齿被拔掉时,他痛得大叫。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
8 wrangle Fogyt     
  • I don't want to get into a wrangle with the committee.我不想同委员会发生争执。
  • The two countries fell out in a bitter wrangle over imports.这两个国家在有关进口问题的激烈争吵中闹翻了。
9 catching cwVztY     
  • There are those who think eczema is catching.有人就是认为湿疹会传染。
  • Enthusiasm is very catching.热情非常富有感染力。
10 lone Q0cxL     
  • A lone sea gull flew across the sky.一只孤独的海鸥在空中飞过。
  • She could see a lone figure on the deserted beach.她在空旷的海滩上能看到一个孤独的身影。
11 racing 1ksz3w     
  • I was watching the racing on television last night.昨晚我在电视上看赛马。
  • The two racing drivers fenced for a chance to gain the lead.两个赛车手伺机竞相领先。
12 plumes 15625acbfa4517aa1374a6f1f44be446     
羽毛( plume的名词复数 ); 羽毛饰; 羽毛状物; 升上空中的羽状物
  • The dancer wore a headdress of pink ostrich plumes. 那位舞蹈演员戴着粉色鸵鸟毛制作的头饰。
  • The plumes on her bonnet barely moved as she nodded. 她点点头,那帽子的羽毛在一个劲儿颤动。
13 nervously tn6zFp     
  • He bit his lip nervously,trying not to cry.他紧张地咬着唇,努力忍着不哭出来。
  • He paced nervously up and down on the platform.他在站台上情绪不安地走来走去。
14 steered dee52ce2903883456c9b7a7f258660e5     
v.驾驶( steer的过去式和过去分词 );操纵;控制;引导
  • He steered the boat into the harbour. 他把船开进港。
  • The freighter steered out of Santiago Bay that evening. 那天晚上货轮驶出了圣地亚哥湾。 来自《简明英汉词典》
15 skidded 35afc105bfaf20eaf5c5245a2e8d22d8     
v.(通常指车辆) 侧滑( skid的过去式和过去分词 );打滑;滑行;(住在)贫民区
  • The car skidded and hit a lamp post. 那辆汽车打滑撞上了路灯杆。
  • The car skidded and overturned. 汽车打滑翻倒了。
16 grill wQ8zb     
  • Put it under the grill for a minute to brown the top.放在烤架下烤一分钟把上面烤成金黄色。
  • I'll grill you some mutton.我来给你烤一些羊肉吃。
17 rumbled e155775f10a34eef1cb1235a085c6253     
发出隆隆声,发出辘辘声( rumble的过去式和过去分词 ); 轰鸣着缓慢行进; 发现…的真相; 看穿(阴谋)
  • The machine rumbled as it started up. 机器轰鸣着发动起来。
  • Things rapidly became calm, though beneath the surface the argument rumbled on. 事情迅速平静下来了,然而,在这种平静的表面背后争论如隆隆雷声,持续不断。
18 grumbled ed735a7f7af37489d7db1a9ef3b64f91     
抱怨( grumble的过去式和过去分词 ); 发牢骚; 咕哝; 发哼声
  • He grumbled at the low pay offered to him. 他抱怨给他的工资低。
  • The heat was sweltering, and the men grumbled fiercely over their work. 天热得让人发昏,水手们边干活边发着牢骚。
19 hood ddwzJ     
  • She is wearing a red cloak with a hood.她穿着一件红色带兜帽的披风。
  • The car hood was dented in.汽车的发动机罩已凹了进去。
20 budge eSRy5     
  • We tried to lift the rock but it wouldn't budge.我们试图把大石头抬起来,但它连动都没动一下。
  • She wouldn't budge on the issue.她在这个问题上不肯让步。
21 wreck QMjzE     
  • Weather may have been a factor in the wreck.天气可能是造成这次失事的原因之一。
  • No one can wreck the friendship between us.没有人能够破坏我们之间的友谊。
22 standing 2hCzgo     
  • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震过后只有几幢房屋还立着。
  • They're standing out against any change in the law.他们坚决反对对法律做任何修改。
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