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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No Sandbagging at NASCAR’s All-Star Event

NASCAR has the others beat. In the stick and ball world, most all-star games are a farce. The Pro Bowl looks more like a seven-on-seven drill. If you see defense being played in the NBA all-star game, you'll be the first. The Major League all-star game, with all it's tradition, is a little more serious, but often lacks the same passion you get at NASCAR's all-star event. I could either use up a lot of space telling you about the race that has gone by several different names, or I could sh ...

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Throwback Thursday: The Silver Fox Was Golden At Michigan

  They called him the Silver Fox- cool, daring and sly. Racing in the shadows of Richard Petty, David Pearson was still accomplished enough to earn a spot alongside "The King," "The Intimidator," and "The Wonder Boy" as one of the all-time greats. Among his favorite haunts was Michigan International Speedway, Pearson's personal playground in the 1970s. In a stretch that ran from 1972 through 1978, "The Silver Fox" won eight out of a twelve possible races, including five out of six ...

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Deflategate Has Nothing On NASCAR’s Cunning Car Men

  So the NFL has their boxers in a twist over air in footballs? Isn't that cute. In NASCAR, creativity with the rule book has been a part of the game since it's inception. In NASCAR's first sanction event, race winner Glenn Dunaway had his victory taken away for illegal springs to improve handling. The truth is, if someone like clever car man Smokey Yunick were employed by the New England Patriots, they wouldn't have played with air in footballs; heck, he probably would have taken me ...

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Heavy Metal In Thunder Valley- It’s Bristol Baby!

It's been likened to flying fighter jets in a gymnasium. Bristol Motor Speedway is a test of endurance, nerves, and a seemingly unending traffic jam. After two weeks out west, NASCAR returns to its heartland at a sight reminiscent of a Roman coliseum. More so at the late summer night race than in the spring, racing at Bristol has a way of bringing out the gladiator in a driver. That names like Darrell Waltrip, the Busch brothers, and Jeff Gordon- none of them ever adverse to contact- dot ...

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