Monday, March 27, 2017

"NASCAR Hall Of Fame Legend" Cale Yarborough Born - March 27, 1939

March 27, 1939
Cale Yarborough
Born in Timmonsville, South Carolina, USA.
He is one of only two drivers in NASCAR history to win three consecutive championships. He was the second NASCAR driver to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated. His 83 wins places him at number six on the all-time NASCAR winner's list. His 14.82% winning percentage is the ninth best all-time and third among those with 500 or more starts. Yarborough won the Daytona 500 four times, his first win coming in 1968 for the Wood Brothers, the second in 1977 for Junior Johnson, and back-to-back wins in 1983 and 1984. In 1984, he became the first driver to qualify for the Daytona 500 with a top speed of more than 200 miles per hour. Yarborough is a three time National Motorsports Press Association Driver of the Year.

Yarborough made four career starts in the Indianapolis 500 beginning in 1966. His best finish was 10th in his last start in 1972.

In high school Yarborough was a halfback, then played four years of semipro football and was offered a tryout with the Washington Redskins. Two episodes on the TV show The Dukes of Hazzard featured Cale playing himself: "The Dukes Meet Cale Yarborough" in 1979, and "Cale Yarborough comes to Hazzard" in 1984. He appeared in the 1983 Burt Reynolds movie Stroker Ace.

Yarborough was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1993, the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1994, the Court of Legends at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1996 and was named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998.
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In 2011, Yarborough was elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. In March 2013, Yarborough was inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame.

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