The incident took place during single-car qualifications for the following Sunday's Daytona 500. On the first of his two qualifying laps, Cale Yarborough became the first driver to break the 200mph barrier at the track, with a unofficial speed of 200.503 miles per hour. Cale elected to finish his second lap in the hopes of going even faster. Heading through Turn 3, the gusty 40mph winds got the best of Yarborough, sending him out of control. The car lifted into the air and flipped onto its roof. It ricocheted off the outside wall, throwing the car right side up before coming to a stop at the exit of Turn 4.
Yarborough walked away from the incident unhurt, but the Ranier Racing Chevrolet was completely written off. With no backup car readily available, the team had to make use of a show car; a Pontiac Le Mans originally built to short track specifications, on display at a nearby Hardee's restaurant. The car was quickly made race-ready and competed in the Daytona 500, which Yarborough won.
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