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Bechtel, Mark (1521991)
Bechtel, Mark (1521991)

Mark Bechtel

Mark Bechtel is a senior editor for Sports Illustrated. Previously, he covered NASCAR for the magazine. A native of Alabama, he now lives in New York City.


He Crashed Me So I Crashed Him Back

He Crashed Me So I Crashed Him Back

by Mark Bechtel

February 18, 1979. The Daytona 500.  It didn't look like anybody would catch Cale Yarborough or Donnie Allison, not even the great Richard Petty. Then, on the final backstretch, the bumping started. Yarborough cut low, trying to pass Allison.  Allison dug in and pushed Yarborough into the infield dirt ...

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