David Pearson, a three time Cup champion and arguably the greatest stock car driver ever, died yesterday. He was 83 years old.
Pearson, a member of the NASCAR Hall Of Fame, won 105 races in his career, second all time only to Richard Petty. Those two dominated the sport in the 60’s and 70’s, finishing 1-2 in 63 races. Pearson won 33 of them.
NASCAR is reacting with an outpouring of respect for Pearson, who was born and raised in Spartanburg. Dale Earnhardt, Jr tweeted “David Pearson was one of the all time greats. Anyone who raced him will tell you he was the best. The Silver Fox lived up to his persona on and off the track. What a badass. RIP”
Pearson joined the Grand National Circuit (now Monster Energy Cup Series) in 1960, after winning the track championship at the Greenville Pickens Speedway. He won the 1976 Daytona 500 in an epic duel with Petty, and won 10 times at Darlington