Fans send prayers after family reveals NASCAR legend Cale Yarborough, 84, who won the Cup three times in a row, fell ill and is ‘not well’
- Fans are sending prayers for 84-year-old Yarborough, who reportedly fell ill
- The NASCAR legend has won three straight NASCAR Cup Series titles
Fans of former Winston Cup Series driver Cale Yarborough are sending prayers as the NASCAR legend appears to have fallen ill and is “not doing well.”
John Dodson, vice president of commercial and NASCAR alliances at Universal Technical Institute, took to Twitter to confirm that Yarborough, 84, was sick and to share the warm wishes of Cal and his family.
‘The toughest race car driver I’ve ever worked with wasn’t doing well,’ he wrote. Please keep Cal Yarborough in your prayers.
The Yarbrough family has not requested any phone calls or visits at this time. Prayers for Cal and family.
Few details of Yarborough’s condition have been reported.
Cale Yarborough at the 1978 Pocono 500 / NASCAR Winston Cup Series Coca-Cola 500 at Pocono Raceway
Cale Yarborough, pictured here in 1977, won both events at Martinsville Speedway for the 1977 season, driving for Junior Johnson
John Dodson took to Twitter yesterday to confirm that Yarborough, 84, is ‘not doing well’
Fans have used the social media platform to share their memories of the historic NASCAR driver and his victories over the years.
How Cal Yarborough is a NASCAR legend
NASCAR driver Cal Yarborough is considered one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport, winning record titles in a career spanning from 1957 to 1988.
He became the second driver in NASCAR history to win three consecutive NASCAR Cup Series titles, winning in 1976, 77 and 78.
During his career, Yarborough won a total of 83 Cup Series races—which ranks him sixth on the all-time list of wins.
He won the prestigious Daytona 500 four times in 1968, ’77, ’83 and ’84.
Finally, in 2012, Yarborough was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in recognition of his accomplishments and contributions to the sport.
User Trey Ryan books: With Cale in all our thoughts, here’s a fine reminder that no one has driven more laps in the modern era than Cale Yarborough, and likely no one ever will.
Cal led 27,243 of the 102.924 laps in the modern era, an incredible 26.5%.
NASCAR Weekend Warrior account, @wrangler3chevy, books: “Cal Yarborough is one of the best wheelers ever…
“Thoughts and prayers go out to the Yarborough family as Cal is very ill.”
smilelemedia is a NASCAR enthusiast books on Twitter: “Heard this morning Cale Yarborough is sick.
Prayers for one of the toughest racers to master at the wheel.
“Hang on, my friend!”
Fans on Reddit shared a post, reportedly from Cale’s now-unavailable daughter, saying Yarborough was sick.
The post appears to say it “appreciates all of your support” and asked people to refrain from visits and phone calls.
User HenryJBemis wrote a regards: ‘sorry to hear that. One of the absolute legends of the sport and one of those few people who was on board NASCAR Mount Rushmore for me.
“They have been among the best in the most dangerous and difficult times in the sport. Seeing your heroes getting old and having health issues like this is upsetting.
We definitely pray for Cal and his family now. They don’t make them like this anymore and when they’re gone our world is a worse place.
NASCAR driver Cal Yarborough sits in his race car before the start of the 1986 Pepsi Fire Cracker 400 car race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida
Fans on Twitter shared a tribute to Yarborough, who is reported to be in poor health
Users wrote tributes on social media for the driver who won three consecutive Cup Series titles
Reddit users shared their support for Cale Yarborough in response to initial reports that he was sick
Yarborough was born on March 27, 1939, in Timmonsville, South Carolina.
He played semi-professional football, appeared in high school, and was eventually offered a tryout with the Washington Redskins.
Yarborough began driving cars in the early 1960s and won four NASCAR races in 1968, propelling him to major titles during the 1970s.
He married Betty Jo Thigpen in 1961, with whom he had three daughters – Julie, Kelly and PJ