William Caleb Yarborough was born in 1939 in Timmonsville, S.C. He initially tried his hand as a turkey farmer and a running back on the Sumter, South Carolina Generals football team before he began racing in 1957 with a goal of becoming a NASCAR star. In 1965, Yarborough won once and finished in the top ten 34 times.
His string of three consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup championships from 1976-78 was unprecedented and unmatched until 2008. During his three-year dominance, Yarborough won 28 races