The fact that Newman could survive a crash to the driver's side of his vehicle at 200 mph is a testament to the power of good structural engineering. An absolutely insane display of masterful engineering truly did save Newman's life.
Newman hit the wall harder than Dale did. Let alone the fact he was hit, upside down, directly on the driver window, at 200 mph. Newman wouldn't have been alive for anything after the wall 20 years ago.
I watched a replay of the 1986 Spring race at Richmond yesterday on Fox. I forgot how much different things were back then. Earnhardt took himself and DW out with 3 to go right after Waltrip had passed him. It was a blast and IMHO much more entertaining racing than what we see today - even though the track was an absolute dump compared to today's.