Three-time NASCAR champion David Pearson died Monday. He was 83.
Pearson’s 105 Cup Series wins rank second to only Richard Petty among NASCAR drivers. Pearson was known as Petty’s greatest challenger in the 1960s and 1970s and won those 105 races in just 574 Cup Series starts.
Perhaps more remarkably, Pearson’s three championships came in just four near-attempts at a full NASCAR season. Pearson won the championships in 1966, 1968 and 1969. He drove in 42 in the 49 races of the 1966 season and won 15 of them. He had 16 wins in 1968 when he competed in 48 of the season’s 49 races.
Pearson drove in 18 of the 28 Cup Series races in 1973. He won 11 and finished in the top five 14 times. He was 13th in the points standings even though he didn’t compete in 10 races.
Known as the “Silver Fox,” Pearson won his championships with Holman-Moody Racing and ran for the Wood Brothers from 1972-1978. He scored 43 wins in the iconic No. 21 car.
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