As NASCAR continues to grow and evolve, one thing that never changes is their gratitude for the drivers that laid the groundwork for the sport. One of those drivers was David Pearson.
Pearson died on Monday, November 12 at the age of 83.
The second-winningest NASCAR Cup Series driver behind the iconic Richard Petty with 105 wins, Pearson was a fan favorite throughout his career, which spanned nearly 30 years. He also was a favorite of NASCAR drivers such as Dale Earnhardt Jr.
“David Pearson was one of the all-time greats,” Earnhardt Jr. wrote on his Twitter page on Monday (Nov. 12.) “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.”
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 pic.twitter.com/LGGJ7ZIje9
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) November 13, 2018
The legendary Richard Petty was a longtime competitor of Pearson and released a statement shortly after Pearson’s death.
“I have always been asked who my toughest competitor in my career was. The answer has always been David Pearson,” Petty said. “David and I raced together throughout our careers and battled each other for wins- most of the time finishing first or second to each other. It wasn’t a rivalry, but more mutual respect. David is a Hall of Fame driver who made me better. He pushed me just as much as I pushed him on the track. We both became better for it.”
We send our condolences to all who love and will miss Pearson.