The paper mentioned a race I have on tape, the 1979 Daytona 500. It was the first time a NASCAR race was televised live, flag to flag. At the end Cale Yarborough fought with the Allison brothers. It's a classic, and helped promote the port.
We need more brawling in NASCAR.
From USA Today, emphasis added:
While promoting races in the minor leagues, Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage told a group of drivers not to fight but to "get out to the start-finish line if you do." Cup team owner Ray Evernham says that applied when he raced in the '80s at Wall Stadium, a New Jersey track known for wrecks followed by roughhousing.
"If you fought on the track, it was a one-week suspension, and if you fought in the pits, it was two weeks," Evernham says. "One day I asked why, and a race official says, 'Because at least if you fight on the racetrack, the fans can see it.'"