1993 Cale Yarborough Racing Bojangles Ford Thunderbird rides again

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We love to read stories of old race cars that have been lovingly restored to their original condition, particularly old NASCAR stock cars.

As we were roaming around the Internet, we came across a great story by John Ash, of Elysburg, Pennsylvania, who has restored to race-ready condition – and he’s also back competing with it in vintage races – a 1993 Cale Yarborough Racing Ford Thunderbird.

John wrote to the publisher of his local newspaper, the News Item in nearby Shamokin, Pa., who printed both John’s story/letter, as well as two photographs of the car, including a shifter plate that Yarborough autographed for Ash, essentially guaranteeing its authenticity and origin.

The car, which carried the No. 98 and was sponsored by Bojangles Restaurants in 1993, was originally driven by former Daytona 500 winner Derrike Cope. In his note, Ash says 90 percent of the car is in its original condition.

It’s already competed in several Sports Car Vintage Racing Association events, with plans of several more races in 2015.

Click here to read Ash’s letter and the story of the infamous No. 98 Cale Yarborough Racing Bojangles Ford Thunderbird.

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Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry. Time just published a brief piece by Wallace saluting Hamilton as a trailblazer.

The idea of Hamilton attending the NASCAR season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it would seem right for Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — to spend some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).