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Dramatic '79 Daytona 500 put NASCAR on the worldwide map

First there was an East Coast blizzard. Then there was a wreck. Then there was a fight. What was the outcome of the 1979 Daytona 500? Pure NASCAR magic.

Updated: January 14, 2008, 1:15 PM ET
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

The 1979 Daytona 500 is NASCAR's version of the perfect storm. A larger-than-life day that used a mixture of snow, mud, TV, fisticuffs and superstars to launch stock car racing from the back page of sports pages to the frontal lobes of American sports fans.

If you have no idea what we're talking about, you can see it for yourself on ESPN Classic Monday at 2 p.m. ET and again prior to the Daytona 500. In the meantime, here's the Cliff's Notes version:

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