Tale of the Tape: Cale Yarborough vs. Jimmie Johnson
Tale of the Tape
SI.com's Brant James sizes up two drivers who have won three straight Cup titles.
El Cajon, Calif.
Sept. 7, 1975
March 27, 1939
Dad was a truck driver, mother a school bus driver
Grew up on a tobacco farm
Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon
Richard Petty, the Allisons
Wins During Three-Peat Run
22 of 107 (before Sunday; 21 percent)
28 of 90 (31 percent)
Famous Car Owner
Rick Hendrick/Jeff Gordon
The word "Johnson" embroidered on the belt of his fire suit.
Charlotte: Cowboy shirts, straw hat
Thrown off a golf cart, breaking a bone in his wrist, while joy-riding a golf cart at a celebrity event in Florida in 2006
The abandoned hotel he was bunking in during a USO Tour stop in Vietnam in 1968 was attacked by the Viet Cong
Remembers 1976 For ...
Doing much better eating his strained peas
Wins his first of three straight titles
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