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.read more
Reviews forThey Call Him Cale by Joe McGinnis, Humpy Wheeler
This was a pretty basic biography of the great racer Cale Yarborough, the first man to win three consecutive NASCAR Winston Cup Championships. I wasn't particularly impressed with the writing, though there were no glaring errors that I detected, factual or editorial. The format, with many sidebar quotations, seemed a bit cheesy.The last chapter laid on the hero worship a bit thick. Mind you, Yarborough's a favorite of mine from my youth, but I prefer my books to be a bit more objective.When I looked at the source notes at the back, I got more of a sense what was wrong. The source materials were Yarborough's autobiography, and a bunch of web sites. (This after just reading another NASCAR-themed book with a 2-page bibliography, the author of which had interviewed many NASCAR insiders for the project.)I probably would have done better to read Cale's autobiography.read more
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