Cale Yarborough

Auto Racer Cale Yarborough

Profession: Auto Racer

United States of America

Biography: Cale Yarborough was an American NASCAR driver, known as one of only two drivers to have won three consecutive championships which he achieved by winning in 1976, 1977, and 1978. He also won the Daytona 500 four times (1968, 1977, 1983, 1984).

Born: March 27, 1939
Birthplace: Timmonsville, South Carolina, USA
Age: 84 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Aries

Historical Events

  • 1968-02-25 10th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough driving for Wood Brothers Racing wins by less than a second from LeeRoy Yarbrough; grid set exclusively by qualifying times
  • 1968-11-03 David Pearson is declared NASCAR Grand National champion as Cale Yarborough wins season ending Peach State 200 at Jefferson, Georgia; Pearson finishes 126 points ahead of Bobby Isaac to secure his 2nd title
  • 1975-02-16 17th Daytona 500: Benny Parsons wins after Cale Yarborough sends race leader David Pearson spinning on the backstretch; Parsons avoids the accident and takes the victory
  • 1976-11-21 26th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Cale Yarborough wins
  • 1977-02-20 19th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough wins his 2nd Great American Race; Janet Guthrie first female NASCAR Cup Series driver; finishes 12th
  • 1977-11-20 27th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Cale Yarborough wins
  • 1978-11-19 28th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Cale Yarborough wins
  • 1979-02-18 21st Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins after race leaders Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison collide with each other on final lap; first 500 mile race broadcast from start to finish
  • 1982-02-14 24th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison wins with margin of victory over Cale Yarborough an impressive 23 seconds, more than half a lap
  • 1983-02-20 25th Daytona 500: 3rd win in the event for Cale Yarborough; first time an in-car camera goes into victory lane before a national CBS Sports audience
  • 1984-02-12 Cale Yarborough, becomes 1st Daytona 500 qualifier, above 200 MPH
  • 1984-02-19 26th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough wins for 2nd consecutive year and 4th time in career; last-lap pass to beat Darrell Waltrip
  • 1995-02-19 37th Daytona 500: Sterling Marlin wins for 2nd straight year; 3rd driver to achieve back-to-back titles (Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough)

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