Jeff Gordon and Jeff Burton Create Latest Case For Emotion In NASCAR

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Jeff Gordon and Jeff Burton Create Latest Case For Emotion In NASCAR
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Jeff Gordon and Jeff Burton in hand to hand combat at Texas Motor Speedway

During Sunday's AAA 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway, NASCAR fans saw something they haven't seen in a long time.

Jeff Burton and Jeff Gordon proved that the era of corporate influence hasn't altered the conviction that the drivers have behind the wheel.

If the fight is at one end of the modern television era for NASCAR that began with the 1979 Daytona 500, the fight between Donnie Allison and Cale Yarborough is at the other.

Here's a look at the genesis of yesterday's brawl, and the 1979 genesis of televised driver beat downs.

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