WILLIAM CALEB "CALE" YARBOROUGH - 3/27/1939 - is a farmer, businessman and former NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver and owner.  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 (the first was Curtis Turner on the 26 February 1968 issue).  Yarborough attended the second annual Southern 500 in 1951 as a young spectator without a ticket (he climbed under the fence).  Yarborough was a high school football star and played semi-pro football in Columbia, SC for four seasons and was a Golden Gloves boxer. In 1956 he made his first attempt in the Southern 500 as a teenager by lying about his age, but he was caught and disqualified by NASCAR.  In 1957, Yarborough made his debut as a driver at the Southern 500, driving the #30 Pontiac for Bob Weatherly, starting 44th and finishing 42nd after suffering hub problems. 

 He ran for Weatherly two years later, and finished 27th.  In 1960, Yarborough ran one race, and had his first career top-fifteen, a fourteenth place finish at Southern States Fairgrounds.  In 1962, Yarborough ran eight races for Buesink, Don Harrison, and Wildcat Williams.  The photo at the right shows Yarborough in a NASCAR Convertible Series race held at Darlington.  Although the Convertible Series only raced from 1956-1959 this convertible race carried on as an exception.  Points were awarded toward the Cup Series.  This is why if you research Cale driving in the NASCAR Convertible Series he is not listed as a participant.   This photo was from the 

final convertible race ever to be held by NASCAR.  Yarborough started 17th and finished 13th.  The race was won by Nelson Stacy. He earned his first top-ten at the Daytona 500 Qualifying Race, when he finished tenth. Yarborough started 1963 without a full-time ride, but soon signed on to drive the #19 Ford for Herman Beam.  His best finish was fifth twice, at Myrtle Beach and Savannah Speedway, respectively.  He began the next season driving for Beam, but soon left and finished the year with Holman Moody, finishing sixth at North Wilkesboro Speedway.  The next season, he drove for various owners before picking up his first career win at Valdosta Speedway driving the #06 Ford for Kenny Myler.  Yarborough drove for 

Banjo Matthews at the end of the 1965 season, wheeling the #27 Ford.  He finished second before years end at North Wilkesboro and at Rockingham.  He kicked off the 1966 season with a second place finish in the Daytona 500 and another second place the following race at Rockingham.  Despite two consecutive second-place finishes, he left the team early in the season; did not race for several months and  ended the year driving the #21 Ford for the Wood Brothers. He won two races in 1967 at the Atlanta 500 and the Firecracker 400.  Yarborough also ran the Indianapolis 500 in 1966 and 1967 driving Vollstedt-Fords.  After running the season-opening Middle Georgia 500 for Bud Moore Engineering, finishing 21st, Yarborough ran the rest of the season for the Wood Brothers, winning his first Daytona 500 in a duel with Lee Roy Yarbrough, the Firecracker 400, which

made him the second driver in history to sweep both Daytona events, and his first Southern 500 garnering a total of six wins that season.  In 1969 Ford Motor Company produced a Cale Yarborough Special Edition Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II.   It was a white Mercury Cyclone (fastback) in white with a red roof and stripe.  The Spoiler II was outfitted with a special aerodynamic front end.  This was a limited edition homologation special that was made to satisfy the NASCAR 500-car minimum production regulations.  There was only one engine choice available in the Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II, a 351 cubic inch Windsor.  A very similar car was also produced by Mercury in 1969 as a white car with blue trim as the "Dan Gurney Special".  Yarborough continued to drive a limited schedule for the Wood Brothers in 1970, winning his second consecutive Michigan 400 and the American 500 for the first time.  At the end of the 

season, Yarborough was released after Ford withdrew factory support for NASCAR teams.  He drove four races in 1971, posting one top-ten in Daytona in the #3 Ray Fox-owned Plymouth.  He  also ran in the Indianapolis 500, finishing 16th in a Gene White owned, Firestone sponsored Mongoose-Ford.  Yarborough mostly focused on driving USAC races in 1971 and 1972.  He also ran his final Indianapolis 500 in a Bill Daniels sponsored Atlanta-Foyt, finishing 10th.  In 1973, Yarborough returned to NASCAR and ran every NASCAR Grand National race in a season for the first time in his career, driving the #11 Kar-Kare Chevrolet for Richard Howard.  He won four races, including his second Southern 500, the National 500 and the Southeastern 500 at Bristol in which he led every lap, and 

had nineteen top-tens, finishing second in points. In 1974, Yarborough won a career-high ten races, but lost the championship by nearly 600 points.  Midway through the season, Yarborough's team was bought by Junior Johnson with Carling sponsorship.  Yarborough swept both races at Riverside International Raceway, captured his fourth Atlanta 500, and his second consecutive Southern 500 and third overall.  Despite his successful 1974 campaign, the team began 1975 without major sponsorship, and missed three races, before Holly Farms became the team's primary sponsor. The following season, Yarborough won nine races, including four in row late in the season along with the Firecracker 400, 

in winning his first career Cup Championship.  He repeated his nine-win performance in 1977, a season in which he finished every race and did not finish outside of the top-five during the last eleven races of the season, earning him his second championship.  Another highlight of the season was his second Daytona 500 victory, earning him a cover appearance on Sports Illustrated, the second NASCAR driver so honored.  He also scored two victories in IROC IV, finishing second in the standings.  In 1978, his team switched to Oldsmobiles and received new sponsorship from

1st National City Travelers Checks.  He matched his previous career high of 10 wins, including leading every lap of the Nashville 420, his fourth Southern 500 and first Winston 500 at Talladega, and won his third consecutive championship.  Yarborough began the 1979 season with Busch Beer sponsorship and getting into a fight with Donnie and Bobby Allison after the Daytona 500, when Donnie and Yarborough wrecked while racing for the lead on the final lap.  This was the first NASCAR 500 mile race to be broadcast on live 

television in its entirety (through CBS Sports).  The confrontation and the exciting race that led up to it are credited with starting the mass growth of NASCAR.  Yarborough won a career-high and modern-era record fourteen poles in 1980, captured six races including sweeping the events at Rockingham, and scoring wins at Bristol, Michigan, Texas and Atlanta.  Yarborough barely missed out on his fourth championship in five years, losing the championship to Dale Earnhardt by 19 points.  At the end of the season, Yarborough announced he was leaving the Junior Johnson team and would run a part-time schedule for the rest of his career.  He was replaced by Darrell Waltrip.  Yarborough won 55 races while driving for Johnson from 1973–1980, compiling 

an amazing winning percentage of 26%.  Yarborough competed in 18 races in the 1981 season in the #27 Valvoline Buick for M.C. Anderson, winning his fourth Firecracker 400 and his fifth Coca-Cola 500 at Atlanta, finishing in the top-ten a total of six times.  Yarborough competed in 16 races in 1982, winning three, including his hometown Southern 500 for the fifth and final time.  In 1983, Anderson closed his operation, and Yarborough moved to the #28 Hardee's Chevrolet owned by Harry Ranier, competing in 16 events.  He won four races, including his third Daytona 500, his sixth Atlanta Coca-Cola 500, and swept both events at Michigan.  In 1984 he repeated by winning his fourth Daytona 500, becoming the second driver to score back-to-back wins, the Winston 500 at Talladega, a race that featured 75 lead changes, and the Van Scoy Diamond Mine 500.  Yarborough also captured the IROC VIII championship.  In 1985 after his team switched to a Ford, he won his first 

Talladega 500 and scored his final win in the Miller High Life 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  In 1986, Yarborough won his final career pole at the Firecracker 400.  In 1987, he left the Ranier-Lundy team and purchased Jack Beebe's Race Hill Farm team.  Yarborough took the Hardee's sponsorship and began running the #29 Oldsmobile Delta 88 as an owner/driver, posting two top-five finishes.  He ran his final season in 1988 in an Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, entering ten races and posting two ninth place finishes.  He retired at the end of the year.  Cale Yarborough bought out the Race Hill Farms team in 1986 and moved the team from Connecticut to South Carolina and he renamed the team Cale 

Yarborough Motorsports.  He got one win in 1997 at the Pepsi 400 with John Andretti wheeling the RCA sponsored Ford.  Andretti beat out Terry Labonte by 2/100th of a second to grab the win.  Yarborough was a team owner for 371 races, and such drivers as himself, Dale Jarrett, Dick Trickle, Lake Speed, Jimmy Hensley, Derrick Cope, Jeremy Mayfield, Greg sacks and others.  They posted 13 top 5 finishes.  Cale closed his team in 2000.  For his race career Yarborough ran in 560 CUP events. getting 83 wins, and 255 top five finishes.  He won the CUP Championship three consecutive times from 1976-1978.  He also won the Daytona 500 four times, the FireCracker 400 (Daytona 

summer events) on three occasions.  He claimed the Southern 500 win on five occasions, had six wins in the 500 mile events at Atlanta, and won 16 of the 32 races held at Bristol and Nashville from 1973-1980.  In 1984, he became the first driver to qualify for the Daytona 500 with a top speed of more than 200 miles per hour (it came on his first lap).  On the second lap he got loose coming off of turn #4, and the car flipped and the car was destroyed.  They had to go across the street from Daytona International Speedway to the Volusia County Mall to get their short track car that was on display for race fans to see. Yarborough still led a race high 89 laps, but would

have to slingshot by Darrell Waltrip on the final lap to get the win using the short track car.  Other career statistics include 27 IROC Series races in 8 different seasons.  He won on five occasions.  In 1984 he won the the Championship for the special competitions between the best drivers in all forms of motor sports and finished second in 1977.  He also raced in 13 Indy car events; running 10 of the 12 races in 1971.  Yarborough's best Indy car finish was fifth (twice -Michigan, and Trenton NJ).  His best Indy 500 finish came in the #21 car (pictured above) when he started on the last row and raced to a 10th place finish.  This was his last Indy car start.  His final race came in 1988 in the Atlanta Journal 500.  Oddly enough; like in his final Indy Car start, Yarborough also finished 10th in his final stock car start.  He also won a Cup race at Jefferson GA. at Jefco Speedway in 1968 (the track I was the flagman at for several years).  Other awards Yarborough received was: 1967 Cup Series Most Popular Driver; 1977 American driver of the Year; voted one of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers and voted into NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2012.  Some info from Wikipedia

 

LONNIE "LEE ROY" YARBROUGH - 9/17/1938 - 12/7/1984 - was a NASCAR racer.  His best season was 1969 when he won seven races, tallied 21 finishes in the top-ten.  Yarbrough grew up on the west side of Jacksonville, Florida, and developed an affinity for speed at an early age.   When he was 19, Yarbrough found his way to a local dirt track.  Yarbrough won that race at Jacksonville Speedway in the spring of 1957.  Yarbrough started his racing career in NASCAR's lower tier Sportsman division.  After winning 11 races, Yarbrough moved up to the more powerful Modifieds and won 83 features in a three-year span.  Yarbrough won two short-track races in the 1964 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.  Two years later, Yarbrough scored his first super speedway win at Charlotte.  Driving an un-sponsored and lightly regarded Dodge Charger owned by Jon Thorne, Yarbrough dominated the race, leading for 450 of the 500 miles in the October 16 National 500.  His big opportunity came in 1967.  Junior Johnson, who had retired from racing by this time, was not having much success with Darel Dieringer.  When 1969 rolled around Lee Roy and Junior were ready.  With a year to adjust, the team entered 30 of the 54 races and won seven. "It was a great year," recalled Johnson. "We won half the races we ran. I'm not taking anything away from my car, but you just have to give it to him (Yarbrough).  He was beyond any other driver there was at that particular time with taking chances and just going beyond what anybody thought anybody would do.  He just out-nerved most of the drivers that he ran against.  He'd just keep 

going into corners deeper and deeper.  Whatever it took to beat somebody, that's what he did."  Lee Roy drove for Junior Johnson from late 1967 through 1970.  During his tenure with Johnson, he won 10 races, including the 1969 Daytona 500.  Yarbrough found himself trailing Charlie Glotzbach by 11 seconds with ten laps remaining.  On the final lap, Yarbrough ducked to the low side to make the pass, but a lapped car was in that lane.  Yarbrough dived to the low side in turn 3 to clear the lapped car, nearly clipping the apron.  He took the lead from Glotzbach and dashed under the checkered flag a car length in front to win the 

500.  Next, he won Darlington's Rebel 400 in the final four laps, then won Charlotte's World 600, lapping the entire field at least twice.  He also bagged the summer 400-miler at Daytona, prevailing in a late-race battle with Buddy Baker, making him the third driver in NASCAR history to sweep both Daytona races.  Yarbrough won the summer race at Atlanta International Raceway despite a 102-degree fever.  He captured The Southern 500 by passing David Pearson on the last lap.  He won by a full lap at Rockingham in October, overcoming a lap deficit when a flat tire sent him into the wall.  By season's end, Yarbrough had seven wins to his credit and was named American Driver of The year.  He was the first driver to win NASCAR's version of the Triple Crown - the Daytona 500, the World 600 and the 

Southern 500.  He was a supremely confident driver throughout his stock car racing career.  In his early years, he was as cocky as they came, often bragging that he could do things with a fast car that others couldn't.  And much of the time, he was correct. After his successful 1969 season, Yarbrough’s performance record trailed off.  A victim of the factory withdrawal, Yarbrough had to scramble to locate rides in Sprint CUP events.  He won once in 1970 at 

Charlotte Motor Speedway, and only entered six races in 1971.  There was one more chance for still more glory, in 1970, the inaugural California 500 INDY Car race at the brand new Ontario Motor Speedway.  It was a competitive race right from the start with Lloyd Ruby, Al Unser, Dan Gurney, Peter Revson swapping the lead and saw Lee Roy running close to the leaders all the time.  With 14 laps to go Al Unser had taken the lead and looked like he would be the first to the checkered hankie.  Then, suddenly, gear box issues forced Al into the pits and from out of nowhere came Lee Roy to claim the lead.  But, just as suddenly as Yarbrough had taken the lead, his Offenhauser engine blew with nine laps to go, and relegated him to a eighth place finish.  LeeRoy had reached the top of his career.  His life became problematic and filled with mysteries, but he also had many demons inside.  He was a brawler, who got the reputation as the only man tough enough to take on the gigantic Tiny 

Lund.  He was one of the first to lavish praise on his crew members during post-race interviews, and he was often heard thanking the Lord for his driving talents.  And then as suddenly as he rose upwards, the downward spiral set in. He had a bad crash during a test session while driving for Junior in April 1970.  After that he started drinking pretty bad, and using painkillers.  He spent days sitting, or out on a lake in a boat, drinking.  Some folks thought it might have been caused by Rocky Mountain spotted fever, but he was ever the same after that hard crash. In fact he couldn't remember fellow 

driver Cale Yarborough picking him up in Texas a few days later and flying him home.  The he couldn't remember flying on to Martinsville, or running in the race at Martinsville.  At Indy On May 8, 1971 Yarbrough was driving a Dan Gurney Eagle when he spun and crashed hard in turn one.  Lee Roy spent the next few months in and out of the hospital with many different ailments and memory lapses.  In 1972, he drove in 18 NASCAR races with nine top-10 finishes.  That was his last year of competition.  His racing career ended at the age of 33.  He an his last race driving the #45 Potter Ford at Martinsville.  Over the next few years, he was picked up several times by Jacksonville police.  Sometimes it was for fighting, at other times it might be drunkenness.  He wandered the streets aimlessly.  On the morning of February 13, 1980, he was at his mother's house in Jacksonville.  It was the

 day of the twin 125-mile qualifying races at Daytona.  Lee Roy was destitute and his mind was playing tricks on him.  He put his hands around his mother's neck and said, "Mama, I hate to do this, but I've got to kill you."  One of his nephews that was in the house heard the commotion and came in.  Looking around, he grabbed a quart jar of preserves off the kitchen table and busted it on Lee Roy's head.  The police came and took him to a psychiatric ward. Eventually he was judged incompetent to stand trial.  It was at that time doctors discovered the lesions in his brain. Then on December 6, 1984 Yarbrough had a violent seizure and fell striking his head.  He was rushed to Jacksonville's University Hospital where he died the morning of December 7, 1984.  The doctors said he died of internal bleeding in the brain.  In 1990, he was inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association's Hall of Fame at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina.  For his NASCAR career Yarbrough ran in 198 races collecting 14 wins.  Lee Roy was truly a great racer no matter of the vehicle he raced. His best career Indy car finish came in 1971 in Trenton NJ where he finished third behind winner Mike Mosely, and Wally Dallenbach Sr.  Some info from Wikipedia

 

CHRISTOPHER BELTRAM HERNANDEZ "JJ" YELEY - 10/5/1976 - is a NASCAR driver. Nicknamed "J. J." (Jimmy/Jack; after his father and a close family friend). His legal name is Christopher Beltram Hernandez Yeley. He is currently a competitor in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 36 Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing. Yeley won the 1997 edition of Indiana Sprint Week and captured the Rookie of the Year Award in the USAC National Sprint Car Series despite starting relatively few races.  In 1998, Yeley competed in four Indy Racing League (IRL) races, including the Indianapolis 500. His one top-10 finish in these four races was at Indianapolis, where he finished 9th despite a spin on the first turn of the first lap, which nearly collected eventual race winner Eddie Cheever, Jr.  Yeley signed with Joe Gibbs Racing, starting 17 of 34 races in the 2004 NASCAR Nationwide Series and achieving four top-10 finishes. In that year, he also made two starts in the Sprint Cup #11 car. In 2005  Bobby Labonte made his announcement in November that he was leaving Joe Gibbs 

Racing. On November 12, at Phoenix International Raceway, Yeley was announced as the new driver for the #18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet. Yeley's best Cup finishes of 2006 came at California Speedway and Loudon, NH where he finished 8th; his best Xfinity Series finish came on June 17 at Kentucky Speedway.  His 2007 was filled with rumors about being released from Joe Gibbs racing.  At the 2007 Coca-Cola 600, Yeley scored a career high second place finish on a fuel gamble, with Casey Mears actually scoring the victory.  Exactly three weeks later, at Michigan, Yeley took his first career pole at the Cup level, beating Jimmie Johnson by one one thousandths of a second (.001).  During the middle of the 2007 season Joe Gibbs announced that his team would be switching to Toyota in 2008. Gibbs also announced that Yeley would not 

return for 2008.  Gibbs ended up signing Kyle Busch to drive the #18. Yeley moved to Hall of Fame Racing, an affiliate of JGR, replacing Tony Raines in the #96 DLP Toyota. His struggles continued, as the team fell from being in the top 35 every week with Raines behind the wheel to struggling to make races on a weekly basis. On August 6, 2008, Yeley was released from his contract to drive for Hall of Fame Racing.  In 2009, he moved to the Camping World Truck Series, driving the #73 Chevrolet Silverado for Tagsby Racing. He was also named to take over the Mayfield Motorsports #41 Sprint Cup Series entry effective immediately following the indefinite suspension of owner/driver Jeremy Mayfield due to a substance abuse violation on May 9, 2009. Yeley drove at Daytona in 2010 for Daisy Ramirez Motorsports in the NASCAR

Camping World Truck Series. This was the team's debut and he finished a career-best 10th after starting 36th. Yeley was announced as the driver for the Whitney Motorsports #46 Sprint Cup Series car on May 4, 2010. Yeley raced his way in the 2011 Daytona 500 in the Gatorade Duels for Whitney Motorsports, a team that failed to qualify for the 2010 event. For 2012, Yeley signed with Robinson-Blakeney Racing to drive the No. 49 Toyota in the Sprint Cup Series. He also drove the team's No. 28 Nationwide Series car in that series' season-opening race at Daytona. Halfway through the season, Yeley moved to Max Q Motorsports to drive the No. 37 in a partnership with Tommy Baldwin Racing. Both the No. 49 and the No. 37 were mostly start and park efforts. In 2013, Yeley moved to Tommy Baldwin Racing to drive the No. 36 Chevrolet, with sponsorship from Golden Corral at races on super speedways.  United Mining, 

Accell Construction, and several other companies also served as primary sponsor throughout the season. Yeley ran his first full season (in a non-start and park ride) for the first time since 2008.  He was replaced by Reed Sorenson for 2014. On February 13, it was announced that Yeley would drive the No. 44 with Xxxtreme Motorsport starting at Phoenix. In late April, the team purchased the No. 30 team from Swan Racing, with Yeley shifting to drive the new car number. Yeley replaced Ryan Truex in the No. 83 BK Racing Toyota at the Pure Michigan 400 after Truex suffered a concussion during a practice session. He later drove the team's start and park No. 93 at Richmond, and ran the last seven races in the 83 following Truex's dismissal from the team. In 2015, Yeley moved to 

BK Racing full-time, replacing Alex Bowman in the No. 23 Toyota. He also ran full-time in the Xfinity Series for No. 28 Toyota for JGL Racing, whom he had joined partway through the 2014 season. In 2016, Yeley had no rides for the Daytona weekend. However, on February 24, 2016, it was announced that Yeley will drive the No. 14 Toyota Camry for TriStar Motorsports in the Xfinity Series, starting at Atlanta. Yeley replaced David Starr in the No. 44 at Richmond due to Starr being sidelined with an illness; Yeley eventually took over the ride full-time. For the 2017 O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas, Yeley made his return to the Cup Series, driving the No. 7 Chevrolet SS for Tommy Baldwin Racing, a team he last drove for in 2013. In 2017, Yeley returned to the No. 14 of TriStar for the full season 

and a part-time schedule in the No. 7 for Tommy Baldwin Racing. On July 22, TriStar owner Mark Smith died, and the next week, Yeley finished a season-best 6th at Iowa Speedway.  At this point in his career Yeley, has posted a best Cup finish of second; two top fives, and eight top tens. He also has 15 top five finishes in the Xfinity series with a best of second at Memphis and Kentucky.  Some info from Wikipedia

 
 

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