TC Daily Pit Stop: Cale Yarborough Dies at Age 84; Brexton Busch Flips in Tulsa Shootout Junior Sprint A-Feature; 48 Days Until Daytona
TC Daily Pit Stop: Monday, January 1st, 2024
Cale Yarborough, an 83-time winner in the NASCAR Cup Series, has passed away at the age of 84. Following the announcement of the death of one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history, the leader of the sanctioning body issued a statement of remembrance.
“Cale Yarborough was one of the toughest competitors NASCAR has ever seen,” NASCAR Chairman & CEO Jim France. “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.”
Brexton Busch, son of NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch, was the second member of the family to take a spill this week at the Tulsa Expo Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The eight-year-old driver had just taken the green flag for the Flying A Motorsports Junior Sprint A-Feature when a pair of cars made contact while battling for third place, coming up the racetrack into the path of Busch.
Driving the No. 18B, Busch would then make significant contact with the outside wall on the backstretch, causing his vehicle to turn upside down and do a full revolution end-over-end before coming to rest on its wheels.
Not only was Busch alright after a nasty-looking accident, but the Mooresville, North Carolina-native could continue in the event, where he came home in 12th-place of the 20 drivers that started the feature event.
The 2024 Daytona 500 is Only 48 Days Away!
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