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They Call Him Cale
They Call Him Cale

They Call Him Cale

The Life and Career of NASCAR Legend Cale Yarborough
By Joe McGinnis, Foreword by Humpy Wheeler

SPORTS & RECREATION

256 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Cloth, PDF, Mobipocket, EPUB

Cloth, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $27.95)

ISBN 9781600780516

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Feb 2008)

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Overview

The story of Cale's life, told for the first time ever in this authorized biography, is a tale of adventure, perseverance, and, above all, desire. After 43 years as a NASCAR driver and owner, Cale amassed a career record that remains staggering to this day: 560 races, 319 top-10 finishes, 83 victories, three NASCAR championships, and four Daytona 500 victories. Along the way, Cale would find himself rubbing fenders – and sometimes trading punches—with some of the biggest names in racing, including Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty, Darrell Waltrip, and the Allison Brothers. They Call Him Cale is the incredible true story behind one of the racing world’s biggest stars and fiercest competitors, as well as the tale of a quintessential American.

Author Biography

Joe McGinnis grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he made regular visits to the famed Holman-Moody factory shop, as well as the Charlotte Motor Speedway. He has three children and still resides in Charlotte with his wife, Mary, and daughter, Carly.

Book Signings

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May
15
Cale Yarborough signing "They Call Him Cale" ›
Huntersville, NC
7:00pm

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In the sandy farmland of South Carolina, a racing legend was born.

Cale Yarborough is quite possibly the greatest \"TheyNASCAR driver of all time, and his biography is captured in a new book, They Call Him Cale: The Life and Career of NASCAR Legend Cale Yarborough by Joe McGinnis.

Yarborough has always possessed a love for racing. He started out as a crew member at run-what-you-brung type tracks in the 1950’s and, using determination and good luck, he finally got his chance to shine due to a multi-car pileup when he took over as No. 35. Yarborough’s single-mindedness and daredevil attitude for adventure did not just apply to the race track. His exciting life as a professional driver proved just an extension of his life before he made it into the NASCAR family including:

  • a bullet wound that ruined a perfectly good cowboy boot
  • the phony birth certificate
  • his purchase of a plane and first flying attempt as a pilot with no experience
  • the skydiving thrill show in which he nearly died
  • his feat with bull riding
  • alligator wrestling

Aside from all of the thrill-seeking antics of his youth, Yarborough was still a driver at heart. When his occasional race as No. 35 ended, he started hitting up the infield at local tracks and began driving different cars every week. After years of setbacks, doubt, and bad luck he eventually got a chance to drive for the Ford factory team. Years later, Ford pulled out of the competition, but not before Yarborough had made a name for himself. When he wasn’t racing stock-cars, he was racing Indy cars. He raced in the 1966, ’67, ’71, and ’72 seasons before heading back to NASCAR full-time to race for Junior Johnson. In the seasons to come, his success continued to grow and the No. 11 Holly Farms Chevrolet became very identifiable.

Over the course of his 560 career races, Yarborough had 319 top 10 finishes, 83 victories, three NASCAR championships, and four Daytona 500 victories. After his 1979 season, he decided to cut his racing schedule in half and retired in 1988.

About the author:

Joe McGinnis grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he made regular visits to the famed Holman-Moody factory shop, as well as the Charlotte Motor Speedway. He has three children and still resides in Charlotte with his wife, Mary, and daughter, Carly.

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