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Blink of an Eye is an emotional sports documentary about Michael Waltrip, the ultimate underdog auto racer, and his relationship with NASCAR hall-of-famer Dale Earnhardt. Waltrip, who raced 462 times without placing first once, joined Earnhardt’s team for the 2001 Daytona 500. In dramatic fashion, Earnhardt blocked the field of 40 cars, allowing Waltrip to win his first Winston Cup, but died in a head-on collision on the final lap. Waltrip reflects on that dark day, and director Paul Taublieb catches every tear that falls from his face. The film feels like a well-produced ESPN special; in fact, it is being released through 1091 Media (formerly The Orchard), first as a limited release on September 6th, and then nationwide through Fathom Events on September 12th.

Laemmle Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, Fri., Sept. 6, various showtimes; $9-$12. (310) 478-3836, laemmle.com.