'Dale' footage is unbelievable, unbelievably moving

It would be hard for any film to live up to the legend of Dale Earnhardt. "Dale," which will be rolling across the country with the Nextel Cup Series, actually pulls it off, writes Marty Smith.

Updated: February 15, 2007, 2:39 AM ET
By Marty Smith | ESPN.com

Dale Earnhardt is one of the most intriguing personalities in American history, let alone American sports history.

"I'd made up my mind, I was going to quit racing. That's what I wanted to do." -- Richard Childress

Folks are captivated by his life and death whether or not they respect or understand what he did.

He was Elvis and John Wayne and Steve McQueen and Christa McAuliffe all melded into one bad SOB.

Hence, doing justice to his story is no simple task. ...

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