Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cale Yarborough lived on US Hwy 76 in Timmonsville in the 60's and 70's

I saw this photo below of Cale Yarborough and his family for sale on eBay and noticed his previous home in Timmonsville in the background. Although Cale no longer lives there, we thought it would be neat to show where this house is located in Timmonsville. If you are ever traveling down I-95 and you get near exit 157 it is only 2.5 miles from the exit straight down Hwy 76 towards Timmonsville on the right. It is near Florence Motor Speedway which is 3/10 of a mile further towards Timmonsville on the left.

Photo Caption: --SPEED KING-- Cale Yarborough holds his daughter Julianne, 6,
 as he and his wife, Betty Jo, stand beside a flowering dogwood tree  outside
 their 14-room Confederate-style mansion near Timmonsville, S.C.  As a child,
 Yarborough drove a tractor and piloted a soap-box racer.  This year [1968], driving
 for Ford Motor Co., he has won victories in the Atlanta and Daytona 500-mile
stock car races,  and could become the sports biggest money winner.
(AP Wirephoto) 1968

Buy these photos from 1968 on ebay for $12 at the following link:
eBay - CT PHOTO aur-041 Cale Yarborough Race Car Driver

Photo Caption: Cale Yarborough, leading stock car driver of the nation, with wife, Betty Jo,
and daughter, Julianne, 6, beside flowering dogwood tree fronting their  14-room
Confederate-style home near Timmonsville, S.C. (1968)

Cale won $138,051 for the whole season in 1968. That would be approximately $900,000 in today's money. He won 6 races and had 12 top 5's and 12 top 10's with 4 poles. He finished 17th in the standings in 1968. The 17th place cup finisher in 2013 won over $5 million.

Let's compare that to Jimmie Johnson who won the cup in 2013. He also had 6 wins and 16 top 5's and 24 top 10's with 3 poles. Jimmie won (including winning end of season cup money) $14,663,155 in 2013. This would still be like $2.2 million in 1968.

Things have really changed over the years in NASCAR. It looks like Cale came along too early to make the really big bucks.

Cale was the first 3-time consecutive Sprint Cup champion. He won in 1976, 1977 and 1978.


SIDE NOTE: Jimmie Johnson is the only other NASCAR driver who has won three championships in a row. Actually, he has won the Sprint Cup championship an amazing 6 times with 5 of those coming consecutively. Jimmie has won championships the following years: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2013. He finished 2nd in 2003 & 2004. Jimmie has never finished lower than 6th place since running the full Sprint Cup schedule which he started in 2002. At this rate people may eventually say Cale who? Richard Petty...who is that? David Pearson??? We hope that doesn't ever happen!

Here's the total purse money Cale won during his Sprint Cup (it will always be Winston Cup to me) winning years.

1976: $453,404
1977: $561,641
1978: $623,506

His highest money year was 1978.

Over his whole career which spanned 31 years from 1957 to 1988 he won $5,646,479.

In all, Cale won 83 races in his career.

Check out and click on the images below which link to Google maps. We'll write another story soon and show you where Cale lives today. In the meantime, if you are in the market for a new Honda car, head on over to Cale Yarborough Honda in Florence and help Cale catch up with Jimmie Johnson a little.


34.14486, -79.914699

Here is yet another map to look at.

Leave a comment below telling us about your favorite Cale Yarborough race. We'd like to hear about it. Include YouTube links to races if available.



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