Countdown to Daytona

Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service
The SportsXchange

Distributed by The Sports Xchange

There are 68 days left before the Feb. 24, 2013, Daytona 500; hence, the number for today is:

68: As in 1968, when Cale Yarborough claimed the first of his four Daytona 500 victories, beating LeeRoy Yarbrough to the finish line by one second. Yarborough won the Great American Race for three different owners. He earned his 1968 triumph behind the wheel of the Wood Brothers' No. 21 Mercury. In 1977, he won the Daytona 500 in Junior Johnson's No. 11 Chevrolet. Yarborough scored his final two Daytona 500 victories back-to-back in 1983 and 1984, driving for Harry Ranier. In 1983, Yarborough put Ranier's Pontiac in Victory Lane; a year later, he grabbed the win in a Chevy.

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