NASCAR Legend Cale Yarborough Passes Away at 84


Cale Yarborough, a NASCAR Hall of Famer and three-time Cup champion, known for his fierce competitiveness and notable achievements at Daytona 500 and Southern 500, has died at the age of 84.

NASCAR Legend’s Passing

On Sunday, NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough, known for his legacy as a formidable NASCAR driver and the first to win three consecutive Cup titles, passed away at the age of 84. His death was confirmed by NASCAR with no cause specified.

Racing Legacy

Yarborough, a South Carolina native, was a known figure in NASCAR, recognized for his unparalleled talent, determination, and tough racing spirit. His remarkable achievements include winning the Daytona 500 four times and the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway five times. Additionally, he holds a notable record of 83 Cup Series victories, tying with Jimmie Johnson for the sixth position on NASCAR’s all-time wins list, and securing the fourth rank with 69 pole positions.

Iconic Moment at Daytona 500

Yarborough’s career was highlighted by an iconic moment at the 1979 Daytona 500, which was the first to be televised live nationwide. Engaged in a fierce battle for victory with Donnie Allison, Yarborough crashed on the final lap, leading to a notable on-field altercation involving the drivers. This incident marked a significant breakthrough for NASCAR as it garnered a large audience due to being broadcast live during a snowstorm on the East Coast.

Retirement and Beyond

Following his exceptional racing career, Yarborough retired from full-time racing after a successful 1980 season and cup standings. He later expressed that his decision was driven by the desire to spend more time with his daughters. In 2012, during his induction speech at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Yarborough reflected on his journey from the early struggles to his remarkable achievements.

Enduring Legacy

After retiring, Yarborough ventured into business by opening and managing a used car dealership in South Carolina, while also serving on the Florence County Council. His contributions and legacy in NASCAR were acknowledged by industry leaders and fans, emphasizing his lasting impact in the sport and on the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Family and Survivors

Cale Yarborough is survived by his wife, Betty Jo, and daughters Julie, Kelley, and B.J., as the NASCAR community mourns the loss of an iconic figure in the racing world.