Biographical story of Dale Earnhardt, Sr. starts with his young life and growing up with his father, Ralph, who raced for a living, but initially wanted more for his son. When Dale quits high school to start driving full time, his father aids him and shows a reluctant pride when he is initially successful. Armed with many of his father's philosophies, Dale pushed himself to be the best. His aggressive track mannerisms earned himself fans and detractors. Fellow racer Neil Bonnett was one of those long time friends and whose death deeply affected Dale. Darrell Waltrip clearly was a detractor and the two men's rivalry is clearly depicted. Off the track, Dale's determination to make it impacts two marriages. Third wife Theresa was closer to racing and met Dale when he had started his rise into the Winston Cup circuit. The story also looks at his relationship with his children, particularly son Kerry from his first marriage and whom he did not see again after age 5 until Kerry in his late ...
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The song Kryptonite is playing on Little Dale's boom box when Dale visits him on the boat dock. Racing is his kryptonite, or weakness. See more
Many cars depicted in the 2001 Daytona 500 are incorrect in terms of body styles and paint schemes. Most noticeable are the cars of Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte, and Rusty Wallace. Gordon's car sports the old rainbow color scheme when 2001 was the first year his car sported the blue/red flame paint scheme. Bobby Labonte's Interstate Batteries car is Chevrolet Monte Carlo, his actual 2001 car was a Pontiac. Wallace's car in the film is a 1998 Ford Taurus using the old blue/white Miller Lite paint scheme (the actual car was a 2001 with an all-blue Miller Lite paint scheme). See more
[helping Dale Jr. strap into a racecar
Wipe that look off your face, Dale. You'll wind up as ugly as me.