This is a 2004 television movie produced by ESPN documenting the life of NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt. It was first broadcast on December 11, 2004, and was subsequently released on DVD. Barry Pepper stars as Dale Earnhardt, also with Sean Bridgers as Neil Bonnett.
Many race scenes were shot at Rockingham Speedway, after the track had lost its races and was used mostly as a test track and driving school before its 2012 reopening for NASCAR's national series. Chad McCumbee, who portrayed Junior, later became a NASCAR driver in the Truck Series. He also raced alongside Dale Jr. himself at the Pocono 500, driving Kyle Petty's 45 car, as Kyle Petty was in the TNT broadcast booth. Actors playing the part of the Flying Aces were Ray Everett, Greg Davis, David Brooks, Robbie Hicks and Don Gyr.
This film was not without controversy. The script was not approved by Teresa Earnhardt and the Earnhardt family, and it is inaccurate in many of the events seen in the film. Richard Childress, the former car owner and team owner of Dale Earnhardt sued ESPN for copyright infringement with the film's use of the "3" logo. There a numerous historical inaccuracies as well, but the movies does capture the essence of the Dale Earnhardt story.