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 by Mark Bechtel

crashed1Reviewed by Joanne Reynolds

It is 1979 and NASCAR is not a sport that most of the country is watching on TV. On a very snowy Sunday in February, the country is pounded by winter weather and a lot of the major sports (football, hockey, basketball) are not having games because of that. CBS decides that it will broadcast the Daytona 500 and keep sports fans happy.

The fans are treated to the whole race, where in the past they are treated to highlights only. The end of this particular race was exciting, as a fight ensued between three of the good ol’ boys, Bobby Allison, Donnie Allison & Cale Yarborough.

This started a little trend to cover more racing, because the end was such a fanfare. Who knew that auto racing was such a physical sport? Reporters were flocking to every race now wondering who would beat on who next time.

This book is definitely for the veteran NASCAR fan. The names that are written about in this book are mostly retired and no longer involved in the sport.

Mark Bechtel writes about the season and generously throws in the tidbits about the competitiveness of this sport and the personalities involved. Only a hint of today’s NASCAR is exposed, as this was before it became so big.

Well written and pretty interesting. Again, definitely aimed at the older NASCAR fan, but fun to read nevertheless.

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