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More than Tim Richmond died in 1989

Updated: August 17, 2009, 10:46 AM ET
By Ed Hinton | ESPN.com

Tim Richmond died 20 years ago Thursday. Aug. 13, 1989, was the end of the party in NASCAR.

Dr. Jerry Punch, the young ESPN reporter and de facto family physician in the garage area, sent more than 90 people from the traveling show for AIDS testing that summer.

And an era that was, shall we say, wide-open, stopped.

You could almost see and hear them standing around the haulers, calculating: "Now she was with Richmond, I know … and then she was ...

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