Cale Yarborough to pace Southern 500 field at Darlington

Cale Yarborough circa 1972. (Photo by ISC Archives via Getty Images)
Cale Yarborough circa 1972.  (Photo by ISC Archives via Getty Images)
Cale Yarborough circa 1972. (Photo by ISC Archives via Getty Images)

Cale Yarborough will drive on the high banks of Darlington Raceway once again.  The NASCAR Hall of Fame driver and South Carolina native will be in front of the field for the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Bojangles’ Southern 500 on Sunday September 4 as the honorary pace car driver.

The 77-year old has five wins at the venue he considers his home track.  All the wins came during the tracks traditional Labor Day weekend races (1968, 1973, 1974, 1978 and 1982). Overall Yarborough has 83 wins in 560 Cup starts in a career that stretched from 1957-1988. He also earned three consecutive NASCAR premier series championships from 1976-78, along with four Daytona 500 wins. Yarborough also competed in four Indianapolis 500’s, with his best finish of 10th coming in his final start in 1972.

He was named as one of NASCAR’s Top 50 drivers in 1998. MORE>>>

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