In the Daytona , Yarbrough found himself trailing Charlie Glotzbach by 11 seconds with ten laps remaining. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Yarbrough dived to the low side in turn 3 to clear the lapped car, nearly clipping the apron. In , he accepted a ride in a Ford owned by independent campaigner Bill Seifert. He was 46 years old. His Junior Johnson -owned Ford team started out poorly early in the season.
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The doctors said he died of internal bleeding in the brain. He fell unconscious immediately. In researching this watch, numerous photos of Yarbrough wearing this exact watch were found, including the photo shown above.
He most likely suffered brain trauma from the crashes in Texas and Indianapolis. He registered nine top 10 finishes in 18 starts. He won that race yabrrough Jacksonville Speedway in the spring of He would always put a smile on your face.
After a short stint with team owner Thorne to open the season, Yarbrough was hired by future Hall of Fame car owner Bud Moore. Born May 25,Moore enlisted in the U. This article needs additional citations for verification. Yarbrough was not guilty of attempted murder because he was unable to distinguish right from wrong at the time of the incident.
Inhe accepted a ride in a Ford owned by independent campaigner Bill Seifert. By the time the war ended inMoore would earn two Bronze Star Medals for heroic yarbrugh and five Purple Hearts for being injured in combat — sustaining shrapnel wounds four separate times and the fifth for being shot.
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September Learn how and when to remove this template message. His racing number was And they were just getting started. The importance of the present lot, therefore, cannot be overstated. Bud was a true pioneer and building block of our sport. Most wins at one track: You’d go to dinner with him, and they’d put a plate of food in front of him, and he’d just sit, and look at it, until you said, ‘Lee Roy, eat.
He won once in at Charlotte Motor Speedwayand only entered six races in By season’s end, Yarbrough had seven wins to his credit and was named American Driver of The year. He was a machine gunner assigned to the 90th Infantry Division. Nsacar watch, presented here for the first time publicly, ensures that his memory will not be forgotten.
It was a small acknowledgement in the local paper, a handful of words written by an anonymous hand. That alone speaks to the magnitude of his accomplishments and contributions to Yarbrouggh as both a championship owner and crew chief.
When he was sixteen years-old, Yarbrough put together his first car, a Ford coupe with a Chrysler engine. Yarbrough was committed to the Florida State Hospital at Chattahoochee by Judge Hudson Oliff of Jacksonville on March 7,after he was tried for attempted first-degree murder of his mother and battery to a law- enforcement officer.
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In a cruel bit of irony LeeRoy Yarbrough, a man who had risen to the heights of stock car racing, adored by countless fans and admired by his fellow competitors, was now himself anonymous.
Wins Top tens Poles 0. While in the hospital on December 6, Yarbrough had a violent seizure and fell over striking his head. This page was last edited on 20 Februaryat Daytona Winner There were no accolades bestowed, no fans to mourn his passing, nothing but those few words.
Moore, a decorated veteran of World War II, served our country before dominating yarbrouhh sport as both a crew chief and, later, an owner.