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Engines Start on Dale Earnhardt Biopic

Written by: Tony Lazlo, CC2K Staff Writer

ImageSource: Variety

Stock-car racing legend Dale Earnhardt will have his story told on the big screen.

Production company Red Wagon just cut a deal to make a new biopic about the seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion, who died during the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.

For you non-NASCAR fans out there (which includes me), the Winston Cup is NASCAR's championship trophy, and the Daytona 500 is the Super Bowl of stock-car racing – though the winner at Daytona doesn't automatically win the Winston Cup. I think it's awarded based on a point total over the racing season.

Apparently the producing duo have secured the involvement of Earnhardt's widow and his son, Dale Jr.

Earnhardt has one other biopic to his name – 2004's 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story, a made-for-TV movie starring Barry Pepper as Earnhardt.


Author: Tony Lazlo, CC2K Staff Writer

Robert J. Peterson is a writer and web developer living in Los Angeles. A Tennessee native, he graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He’s written for newspapers and websites all over the country, including the Marin Independent Journal, the Telluride Daily Planet,, Offscreen, and He co-hosts the podcasts Make It So and Hiram’s Lodge. He’s appeared as a pop-culture guru on the web talk shows Comics on Comics, The Fanbase Press Week In Review, Collider Heroes, ScreenJunkies TV Fights, and Fandom Planet. He’s the founder of California Coldblood Books.

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