OTD: Donnie vs. Cale, Part II

Sun., March 4, 1979 – Two weeks after they were embroiled in a crash and subsequent fight that aired live on national television at the end of the Daytona 500, Donnie Allison and Cale Yarborough were involved in another incident, this time at North Carolina Motor Speedway. The two NASCAR competitors crashed while battling for the lead just 10 laps into the Carolina 500.

Eight cars were swept up in the accident. NASCAR officials ruled it a “racing incident.”

Yarborough managed to continue, eventually finishing 18th in the 35-car field. The damage ended Allison’s day and the driver of owner Hoss Ellington’s No. 1 Chevrolet was credited with a 30th-place finish.

Points leader Darrell Waltrip, one of those involved in the wreck, said afterward, “Somebody ought to drag Cale out of his car and whip his butt.” Allison called it simply “a racing accident.”

Donnie’s brother, Bobby, was the race winner and the only driver to complete all 492 laps.

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