Before There Was Jimmie, There Was Cale Yarborough

Cale Yarborough and winning went hand in hand. We were reminded of that Sunday, as Jimmie Johnson tied the three-time champion for 83 victories at NASCAR's highest levels. While fans trumpet the achievements of Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon, it is too easy to forget what drivers like Yarborough accomplished. Cale Yarborough was Jimmie Johnson before there was a Jimmie Johnson. He was the first to win three championships in a row in 1976, 1977 and 1978. The South Carolinian ...

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MY PICKS FOR THE 2012 NASCAR HALL OF FAME

As this is being written, we are hours away from the announcement of who will comprise the 2012 NASCAR Hall of Fame. As this is just the third class for the hall, we’re still at the point where we can vigorously debate who gets in before another. It’s as hot a debate as one about who’s prettier: Jessica Alba or Jessica Biel (My pick? My wife, of course. I may be crazy, but I’m not stupid).We’re still at that point where homage must be paid to the founding fathers an ...

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FIVE NASCAR MYTHS

Race fans know their sport. Or do they? There are some misnomers floating around the NASCAR world. Die-hard knowledgeable fans know the deep details that make the following statements false. Read carefully. Now think carefully. Check some history books. Do some research. And be careful how you use the word “NASCAR.”1. Jimmie Johnson Is The Only Driver To Win Four Consecutive NASCAR Championships. Johnson is the only driver to win four consecutive CUP championships. Emphasis on the wo ...

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