Wednesday, September 22, 2010

NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee spotlight: David Pearson


David Pearson, who over time has become known among the NASCAR community as "The Silver Fox," may not have ever competed full-time in NASCAR, as he never ran all the races in a single season, but he didn't have to. He even managed to win three Cup titles without showing up at the race track every week, doing so in 1966, 1968 and 1969.

Despite never running the entire Cup schedule, Pearson posted numbers that place him second to only Richard Petty on the all-time win list with 105 victories. He scored those 105 wins in only 574 starts, giving him a winning percentage of 18.29 percent. Among those 105 wins are six victories at Daytona International Speedway, including the 1976 Daytona 500.

Pearson claimed his final Cup win during a 1980 season in which he competed in nine events. He went on to race at NASCAR's top level sporadically for a few more years. He last competed in 1986, running two races that season.

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Photo of David Pearson courtesy of ISC Archives/Getty Images.

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