David Pearson, NASCAR’s Silver Fox, has died at 83

David Pearson, NASCAR Hall of Famer with 105 wins, dies at 83

Pearson, who died Monday at 83, wasn't as well known in popular culture as fellow NASCAR legends Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Jr. His cause of death is now unknown. Pearson's family announced in 2014 he had a stroke.

With the finish line in sight, Pearson then used a slingshot pass out of the high banked final turn to zip past Petty and snatch the victory. He pushed me just as much as I pushed him on the track. You couldn't be a fan of both, but a big difference between Petty and Pearson and the aforementioned teams was that you could root for one without despising the other.

The incredible part about those stats is that Pearson never run a full-season of NASCAR competition, even in the years he claimed the title.

That's wins in 18 percent of races entered, top 10s in 52 percent of his races and top 10s in 64 percent.Compare that to Petty, who won at a 17 percent clip, top fives in 47 percent of his races and top 10s 60 percent of the time.

"On behalf of the France Family and everyone at NASCAR, I want to offer honest condolences to the family and friends of David Pearson, a true giant of our sport", NASCAR Chairman and CEO Jim France said in a statement released by the racing sanctioning body Monday. The pair was there to return the famous #21 Mercury to the track in a press event with current driver Carl Edwards. Pearson said, "If you do everything I just told you, you should be full throttle before you believe you can be". "He's probably the one that made me win as many as I did". Of course, I didn't ever make no mistakes. That forced Petty to go along the wall and overtake him in order to avoid a rear-end collision.

David Pearson would have been great in any era of NASCAR racing, because great drivers have the sixth sense ability to discover and resolve a auto and a track's limits, much quicker than most.


David Pearson, the NASCAR Hall of Fame driver who was Richard Petty's nemesis in the 1970s, has died. "In addition to his three championships, he'll forever have a special place in our hearts with his connection to Charlotte Motor Speedway", said Marcus Smith, Speedway Motorsports President and CEO. Richard Petty called him the greatest driver he ever raced against. We were lucky to be able to call him one of our champions. He became the youngest victor of the Daytona 500 and gave the Wood ownership its first Daytona victory since the Silver Fox, Bayne's newly found mentor, outlasted Richard Petty, Nascar's "King", 35 winters before.

"On behalf of the France Family and everyone at NASCAR, I want to offer honest condolences to the family and friends of David Pearson, a true giant of our sport".

PHOENIX, AZ - NOVEMBER 11: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Busch Light Ford, and Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, lead the field to the green flag to start the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Can-Am 500 at ISM Raceway on November 11, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Pearson is survived by three sons, Larry, Ricky and Eddie, all of whom have been involved in NASCAR racing. Obviously one of the best ever!

NASCAR has lost one of its all-time greats on Monday night. "RIP my dear old friend!"

What I have understood better than anything at any point in my career is to listen to the great drivers, the same way Tony Gwynn listened to Ted Williams or Tom Brady would listen to Joe Montana.

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