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It's not every day there is a reference to Dukes related stuff in a newspaper so I was surprised to see a picture of Cale Yarborough on the front page of the sports section of our local paper (Erie Pa) today. 40 years ago today NASCAR changed forever by going mainstream with the first ever race to be broadcast in its entirety on television. It was the 1979 Daytona 500 and since there was major blizzard up north a lot of folks we're sitting inside watching TV and got exposed to NASCAR for the first time. There were over 15 million viewers. Cale attempted to pass Donnie Allison on the last lap and a crash occured. At the time they were in first and second place. A muddy and bloody fight happened between Cale and Donnie's brother Bobby. The drama couldn't have been better for NASCAR since EVERYBODY was talking about it. That was the day NASCAR went from a southern sport to a national one.

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On 2/18/2019 at 7:55 PM, RogerDuke said:

It's not every day there is a reference to Dukes related stuff in a newspaper so I was surprised to see a picture of Cale Yarborough on the front page of the sports section of our local paper (Erie Pa) today. 40 years ago today NASCAR changed forever by going mainstream with the first ever race to be broadcast in its entirety on television. It was the 1979 Daytona 500 and since there was major blizzard up north a lot of folks we're sitting inside watching TV and got exposed to NASCAR for the first time. There were over 15 million viewers. Cale attempted to pass Donnie Allison on the last lap and a crash occured. At the time they were in first and second place. A muddy and bloody fight happened between Cale and Donnie's brother Bobby. The drama couldn't have been better for NASCAR since EVERYBODY was talking about it. That was the day NASCAR went from a southern sport to a national one.

They also talked about that on pre race of the Daytona 500...

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Yesterday was Cale's birthday. He was born March 27, 1939. Besides being featured in 2 Dukes episodes here's an interesting trivia fact about Cale: His first ever win was in Valdosta Georgia in 1965. Valdosta is the lifelong home of Sonny Shroyer. I wonder if Sonny was there as a spectator. Happy birthday Cale. I hope it was a good one. 

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3 hours ago, HossC said:

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I didn't know it was Cale's birthday, but I've just finished watching 'Dukes Meet Cale Yarborough' on TV. It's been a while since I've had a chance to watch many full episodes, so having them back on TV is a good excuse to catch up again.

I'm getting ready to start watching the whole series again. I think I'll start a review thread. 

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On 3/28/2020 at 5:40 PM, RogerDuke said:

Yesterday was Cale's birthday. He was born March 27, 1939. Besides being featured in 2 Dukes episodes here's an interesting trivia fact about Cale: His first ever win was in Valdosta Georgia in 1965. Valdosta is the lifelong home of Sonny Shroyer. I wonder if Sonny was there as a spectator. Happy birthday Cale. I hope it was a good one. 

 

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