Cale Yarborough Net Worth

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Cale is the oldest son of three born to Annie and Julian Yarborough. He grew up just outside Timmonsville, South Carolina, in a community called Sardis; his father died in a plane crash when Cale was ten years old. While in high school, Cale played football as a halfback, and reached semi-pro football level, playing for teams in Columbia, South Carolina. He was also offered a tryout by the Washington Redskins, however, he chose motor racing instead.

He first came across racing when he was still a teenager, watching from the stands of the Southern 500, without a ticket according to his autobiography. During the ‘50s he tried to get into Southern 500 as a driver by lying about his age, but was caught and banned from NASCAR. Nevertheless, in 1957 he made his debut by driving for Bob Weatherly in the Pontiac No. 30. He started the race from 44th position and managed to improve two places before the end of the race, despite mechanical problems. In 1959 he moved from Pontiac to Ford, which helped his performance, finishing 14th at Southern States Fairgrounds in 1960.

In 1961 he joined the Julian Buesnick team, still driving Ford, and at the Southern 500 he managed 30th place. The following year he drove in eight races for Julian Buesnick, Don Harrison and Wildcat Williams, and had his first top ten finish, at the Daytona 500 Qualifying Race. Cale improved year after year, and after driving for such teams as Herman Beam, Ray Osborne, Holman-Moody, Matthews Racing, Bid Moore Engineering, and many others until 1971, Cale decided to join the Winston Cup Series.

He firstly drove for the Fox Racing in a Plymouth, No. 3, but after mediocre performsnces joined Hylton Motorsports in Mercury No. 98, and then Ellington Racing in the Chevy No. 28, but without major success.

Nevertheless, he continued with his career by becoming a driver for the Howard & Egerton Racing, driving the No. 11 Chevy. His performance began to improve, and in 1974 he won ten races, second to Richard Petty but with almost 600 points in deficit. For the next season, his team was bought by Junior Johnson and the team was rebranded to Junior Johnson & Associates. He recorded his best seasons from 1976 until 1979, winning three consecutive championships, in 1976, 1977 and 1978, which increased his net worth. In 1979 he was fourth, and in 1980 season finished second. He stayed active as a racer until 1988, but as most of his career, he didn’t post noteworthy results, finishing from 24th place to 38th. However, he participated in 560 races, 83 of which he won, while he also had 319 top-ten finishes.

Thanks to his success, Cale received numerous prestigious awards and honors, including induction into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1993, induction into the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame and Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, both in 1994, among many other accomplishments.

Regarding his personal life, Cale has been married to Betty Jo Thigpen since 1961; the couple has three children together. They live in Sardis, South Carolina.

Structural info

  • Full Name: Cale Yarborough
  • Net Worth: $50 Million
  • Date Of Birth: March 27, 1939
  • Place Of Birth: Timmonsville, South Carolina, U.S.
  • Weight: 92 kg
  • Profession: Farmer
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Betty Jo Thigpen
  • Children: Kelley Yarborough, Julie Yarborough, B.J. Yarborough
  • Parents: Annie Yarborough, Julian Yarborough
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  • Movies: Stroker Ace, 1979 Daytona 500


  • He won the 1976, 1977, and 1978 championships. As of April 2008 he is the only driver to win three consecutive championships.
  • Won 14 pole positions in 1980, still a NASCAR Winston/Nextel Cup series record.
  • In the 1979 Daytona 500 (the first ever professional stock car race televised in its entirety), he and Donnie Allison were battling for the win in the final laps before colliding on the backstretch on the last lap after Cale attempted to pass. Both wrecked cars ended up on the infield and Cale and Donnie proceeded to climb from their cars and exchange punches, with Bobby Allison joining in. A national TV audience was treated to this, and to this day the broadcast of the 1979 Daytona 500 is credited with creating the first spark of nationwide interest in stock-car racing.


Title Year Status Character
Stroker Ace 1983 NASCAR Driver
Speedway 1968 Cale Yarborough
Title Year Status Character
A Perfect Storm: 1979 Daytona 500 2015 Documentary Himself
NASCAR Hall of Fame Biography: Cale Yarborough 2012 TV Movie Himself – Host
ESPN SportsCentury 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
The Fifty 1998 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Hee Haw 1989 TV Series Himself
The Dukes of Hazzard 1979-1984 TV Series Himself
Daytona 500 1979 TV Movie Himself – Driver, #11 Oldsmobile
Stockcar! 1977 Documentary Himself (driver, #11 Chevrolet)
Corky 1972 Himself
Tiny Lund: Hard Charger! 1967 Documentary Himself
1966 Indianapolis 500 1966 TV Movie Himself
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
Jim McKay: My World in My Words 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself