NASCAR Legend David Pearson Dies At 83. David Pearson was a NASCAR pioneer and longtime rival of Richard Petty.
Pearson died on Monday, The Wood Brothers racing team announced, but details were not immediately available.
Pearson was a three-time Cup champion and his 105 career victories are second place to Petty’s 200 on NASCAR’s all-time list.
Born just outside of Spartanburg, Pearson made his NASCAR debut in 1960 and along with Petty, Bobby Allison and Cale Yarborough, they raced all over the country as racing’s version of “The Rat Pack” during NASCAR’s period of minimal growth beyond a regional racing series. Pearson was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame as part of the second class.
Initially nicknamed “The Fox” for his precise attack on the race track, the moniker evolved into “The Silver Fox” as Pearson got older. His career mirrored Petty’s and the two combined for 63 finishes in which the two finished first and second to each other.
NASCAR is truly going to miss one of racing’s best drivers. There was no better racing rival than Richard Petty and David Pearson. I doubt NASCAR will ever see a rivalry like this ever again. There’s just too much talent and a level playing field on the race track.Auto News, Blog