Cale Yarborough's death and the reaction of famous NASCAR personalities

“Sad news about the passing of Cale today."- Dale Earnhardt Jr. said.

by Sead Dedovic
Cale Yarborough's death and the reaction of famous NASCAR personalities
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Cale Yarborough, a three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and four-time Daytona 500 winner, passed away on Sunday. He was 84 years old at the time of his passing. Cale Yarborough left a huge mark on the NASCAR scene, and many know him as a great driver and a man who had special charisma and qualities. The messages of condolence that followed from his colleagues speak best of this.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is one of those who reacted via social media to the death of the NASCAR legend.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.© Meg Oliphant / Getty Images Sport

“Sad news about the passing of Cale today.  A legend behind the wheel for sure, but he had a personality, grit, and swagger that attracted fans around the world to him and to Nascar.”- he said.

Jim France reacted

NASCAR Chairman and CEO Jim France expressed his condolences during Bob Pockrass of FOX Sports and emphasized how important Yarborough was to the NASCAR scene. The records he broke will go down in NASCAR history. Burton was a person who was admired and respected by many. The fact that he achieved such successes and dominated NASCAR tracks for years speaks volumes for the quality of Burton.

“Cale Yarborough was one of the toughest competitors NASCAR has ever seen. His combination of talent, grit and determination separated Cale from his peers. Both on the track and in the record book. He was respected and admired by competitors and fans alike and was as comfortable behind the wheel of a tractor as he was behind the wheel of a stock car. On behalf of the France family and NASCAR, I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Cale Yarborough.”- France said.

Richard Petty expressed his sadness and sympathies to Cale Yarborough's family on X. He mentioned how their competitive racing history, filled with mutual respect, is an essential part of NASCAR's story. Petty also shared his thoughts and support for the Yarborough family during this tough time.

Richard Petty
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