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June 21, 1989

A stock car driver involved in a crash Saturday night at Saugus Speedway said that he deliberately made contact with the other car involved as a retaliatory measure.

Richard DeLong Sr., 52, of Castaic, who was involved in a fiery crash with Chuck Pittenger, 44, of Northridge, said he attempted to "spin out" Pittenger during the 15-lap semi-main event. DeLong claimed that Pittenger had caused him to spin out two laps earlier.

"Oh, I took him out," DeLong said. "I just wanted to give him back what he gave me. I figured, if I can't finish the race, then neither is he."

As both cars slammed into the wall, DeLong's vaulted over Pittenger's and landed atop the wall on its left side. Spectators in the grandstands scurried from the scene as Pittenger, who walked away unhurt, leaped from his burning vehicle.

DeLong suffered a broken left foot and minor burns. NASCAR officials are reviewing the incident.

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