People born on september 17 fall under the zodiac sign of virgo, the virgin. After winning 11 races, yarbrough moved up to the more powerful modifieds and won 83 features in a threeyear span. Leeroy yarbrough was the greatest race car driver that ever was. Leeroy yarbrough race car driver life, age, zodiac. Don tarr, leeroy yarbrough, cale yarborough and david pearson chat in the garage area next to yarboroughs wood brothers mercury cyclone before a nascar cup race. Please study the images carefully to determine the condition of this vintage photograph, as it may not be in perfect condition. Yarbrough lived and raced fast, fell even faster sports. Leeroy yarbrough drove for the legendary car owner junior johnson and had quite a productive career as a driver as one of the best super speedway drivers in nascar history.
His big break came in 1967 landing a drivers seat with junior johnson. He is a virgo and was born in the year of the tiger one of nascars finest superspeedway racers, he won the 1969 daytona 500, the world 600, and the southern 500. Leeroy yarbrough entered his first grand national race in 1960, won his first one in 1964. In fact, in 1969 he won the triple crown, which, in all of nascar history, has only been pulled off three times and the latter two resulted in bill elliott and jeff gordon winning the. Jacksonvilles leeroy yarbrough drove fast, rose faster, fell fastest. Leeroy yarbrough, ray fox, and the hemi swamp monster. Click on the site to see leeroy yarbroughs career results at that track glossary. Driving an unsponsored and lightly regarded dodge charger.
What yarbrough offered fans on a race track, starting with building his reputation as a dominant driver at speedway park, and in person was an ability to attract a crowd. Watch the latest leeroy yarbrough videos and highlights on. Not afraid to do the dirty work, we are going to get down and dirty and name the names of the top 25 dirtiest dirt track drivers. Leeroy yarbrough race car driver was born in florida on a saturday, september 17, 1938. Leeroy yarbrough bio, facts, family famous birthdays. After a vicious stockcar crash in 1970, lee roy yarbroughs story spun downward into one of. Get premium, high resolution news photos at getty images. He joined johnsons race team in 1967, and it was a perfect match. Leeroy yarbrough, stock car racings top driver in 1969, died friday at university hospital from internal bleeding in the brain.
The racing side and dark side of leeroy yarbrough racing. Leeroy yarbrough was a famous nascar driver, who was born on september 17, 1938. Gloria yarbrough walking son along dock to husband, nascar. In 1984, he suffered a seizure and fell, hitting his head and died the next day. Click on the number of races to see individual races for that year. Three years after that, driving for ford in junior johnson cars, he had the greatest year that any stockcar driver has ever had. The nascar driver who raced his way to one of the rarest rolex watches ever shortly after taking the checkered flag at the 1969 edition of the daytona 500, leeroy yarbrough received two prizes. This month we have a very special treat for you, it is a leeroy yarbrough nascar tribute car owned by richard hille.
Get the latest race results, news, videos, pictures, win record and more for leeroy yarbrough on. Nab came from portland, oregon and moved east with with nascar west coast driver bill amick when amick got a ride with ford. Yarbroughs name doesnt come up that often in nascar circles anymore, but a tribute car similar to one he drove in his highwater season of 1969 will go on sale next week at the barrett. Much thanks and appreciation goes to the nascar media group for providing statistical content, video, images and all kinds of nascar love. Tribute car to enigmatic nascar star leeroy yarbrough to. It may contain wrinkles, cracks, and possibly even tears due to its age and how it was handled before it got to us. Leeroy yarbrough was an imposing figure on the track in 1969. Leeroy yarbrough, the nascar driver of the year in 1969, died friday at university hospital from internal. See more ideas about lee roy, nascar and vintage racing. Trading places from the drivers seat to the pit box, johnson served as crew chief to leeroy yarbrough during the 1968 season. The headlights were removed on the race cars and 3 of the sockets were covered with aluminum. After an attack on his mother, lee roy, real name, lonnie, was committed to a mental hospital for life. See more ideas about race cars, racing and vintage racing.
Leeroy yarbrough race results and driver statistics for. In the 6th edition of racing stories, i will be talking about an old school nascar driver from the 1960s named leeroy yarbrough. Jacksonvilles leeroy yarbrough drove fast, rose faster. Like yunick, fox was a shrewd race car builder as well as a commercial garage operator. Lee roy yarbrough born 17 sep 1938 jacksonville, florida. Lonnie leeroy yarbrough september 17, 1938 december 7, 1984. Something just wasnt right after a vicious stockcar crash in 1970, lee roy yarbroughs story spun downward into one of the saddest tales ever told. Everyone is aware that there is some dirty driving going on, and there are some dirty drivers. Herbert herb nab was born april 1st, 1927 in fruita, co.
He had also been voted nascars most popular driver four times. A succession of crashes ended his career in the early 1970s, and he struggled to cope without driving. Yarbrough started his racing career in the lower tier sportsman division. From 1964 to 1967, tuff brought the same car to daytona for the race, but in 67 he visited lee petty in the grand national garage area. But hed only won one race each in the last two seasons. In 200 nascar grand national starts as a team owner and crew chief, he scored 14 wins and 62 top fives, with drivers including junior johnson, buddy baker, and leeroy yarbrough, a. It was two more years before he won on a super speedway, the nationals 500 at charlotte. Shortly after taking the checkered flag at the 1969 edition of the daytona 500, leeroy yarbrough received two prizes.
When it comes to doing the dirty, theres no dirty little secret in the dirt track world. During his career he won 14 winston cup races including, savannah speedway on may 1, 1964, greenvillepickens on may 30, 1964, charlotte on october 16, 1966, daytona qualifying race on february 24, 1967, trenton on july 14, 1968, atlanta on august 4, 1968, daytona on february 23, 1969, darlington on may 10, 1969, charlotte on may 25, 1969, daytona on july 4, 1969. Leeroy yarbrough was an american stock car racing driver who was active between 1960 and 1972, recording 198 starts in the nascar cup series and winning fourteen times. His most successful season was 1969, when he won seven times and became the first ever driver to score nascars triple crown by winning three great races daytona 500, southern 500 and world 600. As a person born on this date, leeroy yarbrough is listed in our database as the 88th most popular celebrity for the day september 17 and the 152nd most popular for the year 1938. Leeroy yarbrough celebrity biography, zodiac sign and. Gloria yarbrough walking son along dock to husband, nascar race car driver lee roy yarbrough, who places life vest on son mother gloria kisses boys forehead, father helps son into motorboat gloria yarbrough standing and smiling on dock, waving gloria yarbrough waving from dock as leeroy and son motor out into lake in powerboat leeroy yarbrough and son in speeding boat on lake, leeroy.
Lee roy yarbrough racing career profile driver database. After a vicious stockcar crash in 1970, lee roy yarbroughs story. Leeroy yarbrough, the nascar driver of the year in 1969, died friday at university hospital from internal bleeding in the brain. Click on the year to see the standings for that year. Leeroy yarbroughs adventurous and adept driving earned him nascar driver of the year honors in 1969. Draftkings name and logo used for promotion and identity of the draftkings brand. The nascar logo and driver images are owned and of nascar, respective nascar teams and owners.503 1230 524 557 717 784 1519 665 1600 1327 307 1611 232 234 7 789 917 441 96 1601 581 583 181 229 1209 60 217 1281 524 122 514 1212 1352 711 465 373 1216 108 1192 713 1238 387 228 584 1243 827