He Crashed Me So I Crashed Him Back: The True Story of the Year the King, Jaws, Earnhardt, and the Rest of NASCAR's Feudin', Fightin' Good Ol' Boys Put Stock Car Racing on the Map

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Little, Brown, Feb 8, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 320 pages
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On a cold February day in 1979, when most of the Northeast was snowed in by a blizzard, NASCAR entered the American consciousness with a dramatic telecast of the Daytona 500. It was the first 500-mile race to be broadcast live on national television and featured the heroes and legends of the sport racing on a hallowed track. With one of the wildest finishes in sports history--a finish that was just the start of the drama--everything changed for what is now America's second most popular sport.

HE CRASHED ME SO I CRASHED HIM BACK is the story of an emerging sport trying to find its feet. It's the story of how Bobby Allison, Donnie Allison, Cale Yarborough, Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Darrell Waltrip, A.J. Foyt, and Kyle Petty came together in an unforgettable season that featured the first nationally televised NASCAR races. There were rivalries--even the sibling kind--and plenty of fistfights, feuds, and frenzied finishes. Rollicking and full of larger-than-life characters, HE CRASHED ME SO I CRASHED HIM BACK is the remarkable tale of the birth of modern stock-car racing.

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User Review  - KromesTomes - LibraryThing

[He crashed me so I crashed him back] by [[Mark Bechtel]] Frankly, my expectations for this were pretty low. First off, the bar is set at a similar height--pretty low--when it comes to popular sports ... Read full review

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User Review  - 06nwingert - LibraryThing

I'm not a huge NASCAR fan,nevertheless I enjoyed He Crashed Me, So I Crashed Him Back. Mark Bechtel writes about the blizzard of 1979, which caused people to watch the Daytona 500 on television for ... Read full review


Chapter OneSomething Borrowed Something Blue
Chapter TwoBirthplace of Speed
Chapter ThreeThe Good Ol Boys
Chapter FourThe Prince
Chapter FiveThe Man in the White Hat
Chapter SixOn the Air
Chapter SevenSo Fair and Foul a Day
Chapter FourteenOld Chow Mein
Chapter FifteenBring on the Dancing Bears
Chapter SixteenGassed
Chapter SeventeenRising Again
Chapter EighteenThe Gatorade Kid
Chapter NineteenThe Beginning of the Trouble
Chapter TwentyPretty Good Americans
Chapter TwentyoneThe Shootout

Chapter EightThe Fight
Chapter NineRound Two
Chapter TenRound Three
Chapter ElevenWild and Young Crazy and Dumb
Chapter TwelveDiamonds As Big As Horse Turds
Chapter ThirteenPearsons Kerfuffle
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