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NASCAR legend Cale Yarborough has passed away

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough has passed away. He was 84.

An official cause of death has not been announced yet. NASCAR announced his death on New Year’s Eve.

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According to Yahoo Sports!, Yarborough passed away in Florence, South Carolina.

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“Cale Yarborough was one of the toughest competitors NASCAR has ever seen,” NASCAR chairman Jim France said in a statement. “His combination of talent, grit and determination separated Cale from his peers, both on the track and in the record book. He was respected and admired by competitors and fans alike and was as comfortable behind the wheel of a tractor as he was behind the wheel of a stock car.

“On behalf of the France family and NASCAR, I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Cale Yarborough.”

Outside of his legendary career, Yarborough will be remembered for an incident that happened during the 1979 Daytona 500. As he was battling Donnie Allison for the lead in the prestigious event, the two race car drivers collided and then their cars slide into the infield.

Richard Petty won the race. But for many, this moment overshadowed Petty’s win.

As Petty finished the race, Allison and Yarborough got out of their cars and began to fight. This caused Donnie’s brother Bobby come out to his defense. This fight was a marquee event in NASCAR history.

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Yarborough has more than 80 wins in his long career. In the history of the sport, just seven drivers have amassed 80 or more wins in NASCAR Cup Series history.

He was a Cup Series driver from 1957 through 1988. In his final campaign, he competed in just 10 races.

His 83 wins are sixth all time with Jimmie Johnson, who is now co-owner of Legacy Motor Club. Johnson also runs a limited schedule today.

Yarborough’s final win came during the 1985 season.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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