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In '79, new pavement was a sideshow

Originally Published: February 7, 2011
By Ed Hinton | ESPN.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- When last the Daytona 500 was run on new pavement, it was a time of tougher men in cruder cars, beating on each other with fenders and fists.

So much else went on that Speedweeks of 1979, so much more compelling, seizing the nation's attention for NASCAR for the first time and for a long time, that there was little talk of asphalt.

And so some of us who were here, then, have been amused and a little amazed that every press conference and virtually ...

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