David Pearson (racing Driver)
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David Pearson
DavidPearson2008.jpg
2008 photo of NASCAR driver David Pearson
Born David Gene Pearson
(1934-12-22) December 22, 1934 (age 82)
Spartanburg, South Carolina, U.S.
Achievements 1966, 1968, 1969 Grand National Series Champion
1976 Daytona 500 Winner
1976, 1977, 1979 Southern 500 Winner
1961, 1974, 1976 World 600 Winner
1972, 1973, 1974 Winston 500 Winner
NASCAR Triple Crown Winner (1976)
Led Winston Cup Series in wins in 1966, 1968, 1973, and 1976
Led Winston Cup Series in poles in 1964, 1968, 1973, 1974, 1975, and 1976
Awards 1960 Grand National Series Rookie of the Year
Named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers (1998)
International Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductee (1990)
Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Inductee (1993)
NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee (2011)
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
574 races run over 27 years
Best finish 1st (1966, 1968, 1969)
First race 1960 Daytona 500 qualifier #1 (Daytona)
Last race 1986 Champion Spark Plug 400 (Michigan)
First win 1961 World 600 (Charlotte)
Last win 1980 CRC Chemicals Rebel 500 (Darlington)
Wins Top tens Poles
105 366 113
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
6 races run over 2 years
Best finish 35th (1982)
First race 1982 Southeastern 150 (Bristol)
Last race 1983 Sportsman 200 (Dover)
First win 1982 Coca-Cola 200 (Rockingham)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 4 3
NASCAR Grand National East Series career
3 races run over 1 year
First race 1972 Bold City 200 (Jacksonville)
Last race 1972 Gamecock 200 (Columbia)
First win 1972 Bold City 200 (Jacksonville)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 2 0

David Gene Pearson (born December 22, 1934) is a former American stock car racer from Spartanburg, South Carolina. Pearson began his NASCAR career in 1960 and ended his first season by winning the 1960 NASCAR Rookie of the Year award.[1] He won three championships (1966, 1968, and 1969) every year he ran the full schedule in NASCAR's Grand National Series (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series).[1] NASCAR described his 1974 season as an indication of his "consistent greatness"; that season he finished third in the season points having competed in only 19 of 30 races.[2]

At his finalist nomination for NASCAR Hall of Fame's inaugural 2010 class, NASCAR described Pearson as "... the model of NASCAR efficiency during his career. With little exaggeration, when Pearson showed up at a race track, he won."[2] Pearson ended his career in 1986, and currently holds the second position on NASCAR's all-time win list with 105 victories; as well as achieving 113 pole positions.[1] Pearson was successful in different venues of racing; he won three times on road courses, 48 times on superspeedways, 54 times on Short tracks, and had 23 dirt track wins.[1] Pearson finished with at least one Top 10 finish in each of his 27 seasons.[1] Pearson was nicknamed the "Fox" (and later the "Silver Fox") for his calculated approach to racing.[3] ESPN described him as being a "plain-spoken, humble man, and that added up to very little charisma."[4]

Pearson's career paralleled Richard Petty's, the driver who won the most races in NASCAR history.[5] They accounted for 63 first/second-place finishes[5] (with the edge going to Pearson). Petty said, "Pearson could beat you on a short track, he could beat you on a superspeedway, he could beat you on a road course, he could beat you on a dirt track. It didn't hurt as bad to lose to Pearson as it did to some of the others, because I knew how good he was."[5] Pearson said of Petty: "I always felt that if I beat him I beat the best, and I heard he said the same thing about me."

Background

Pearson was born near Spartanburg, South Carolina. When Pearson was young, he climbed a tree at the local stock car racing track (Spartanburg Fairgrounds) to see the races. Pearson said, "I'd always been interested in cars, and I decided right then that was what I wanted to do with my life." He worked with his brother in a car body repair shop, and used the money to purchase a Ford coach. Pearson removed the fenders to convert the vehicle into a street rod. He jumped the car over ditches until he rolled it over. His mother paid him to junk the car and he used the money to purchase another car to build. In 1952, he raced a 1940 Ford at dirt tracks and won $30 in an outlaw class race. He kept winning and attracted the attention of Spartanburg's racing community, including Joe Littlejohn.[6]

Career

1960s

Pearson began racing in NASCAR's Grand National series during the 1960 season[7] shortly after winning the 1959 track champion at Greenville-Pickens Speedway.[8] His first NASCAR start was the first 1960 Daytona 500 qualifying race and he finished 17th in a self-owned car that he had purchased from Jack White.[6][9] He started 22 events that season, finishing 23rd in season points and was voted the 1960 NASCAR Rookie of the Year. His season was highlighted by a second-place finish at Gamecock Speedway (Sumter, South Carolina), and a fourth-place finish at Hickory Motor Speedway and fifth after starting on the pole position at his hometown track in Piedmont Interstate Fairgrounds in Spartanburg.[7]

David Pearson's 1961 Ponitac
Pearson's 1961 Pontiac, prepared by Ray Fox

When Pearson bent the frame of his own race car early in the 1961 season, he began working as a house roofer in Spartanburg to support his family, which included two sons.[10]Darel Dieringer had a contract dispute with a tire company and was not able to compete in the inaugural World 600 at Charlotte. Littlejohn was at the track, and he recommended that car builder Ray Fox hire Pearson. Pearson was unsure if he should join the team, and Fox was not convinced that he should trust his car to the relatively untested 26-year-old driver.[10]

After Pearson had a successful test run, he qualified the car with the third fastest time behind Richard Petty and Joe Weatherly. Pearson raced his way into the lead early in the event and was the leader after the first round of pit stops. Pearson and Petty were the only two cars on the lead lap by a restart on the 311th lap (of 400). Petty made up six seconds on Pearson in 20 laps before Petty had to retire with a blown engine. Pearson held a three lap lead over Fireball Roberts and was leading late in the race until he ran over some debris on the backstretch and blew a tire with only two laps remaining. Pearson drove the car around the track slowly for the final lap at approximately 20 miles per hour (32 km/h) to take the victory.[10]

He started in 19 races during the 1961 season and he had three wins to finish thirteenth in season points,[11] winning his first NASCAR race in a Fox-prepared car at Concord Speedway.[12] Later in the season, he won the Firecracker 250 at Daytona and the Dixie 400 at Atlanta.[12]

Pearson started in only 12 of 53 events in 1962 yet managed to finish tenth in season points.[13] Pearson began the season racing for Fox until Fox retired;[6] he started for Petty Enterprises, Cotton Owens, and Bud Moore that season.[14] He had seven top ten finishes and no wins.[14] During 41 starts in 55 races, Pearson finished the 1963 season sixth in points for Cotton Owens.[15] He held two pole positions and had no wins.[16][17]

In 1964, he had eight wins at Richmond, Greenville-Pickens Speedway, Occoneechee Speedway, Boyd Speedway, Lincoln Speedway, Rambi Raceway, Columbia Speedway and Hickory Motor Speedway.[18] Pearson finished third in the championship, which was won by Petty for the first time.[18] He qualified on the pole position for 12 events.[17]

NASCAR banned the Mopar Hemi engine in 1965, so Petty and Pearson boycotted many races rather than compete with a non-competitive engine against Ford and Mercury drivers.[19] Both competed in drag racing. Pearson drove a Dodge Dart station wagon nicknamed the "Cotton Picker" for Owens.[20] NASCAR owner Bill France, Sr. adjusted the engine rules later in the season to bring back Mopar drivers; Petty and Pearson ended up competing in 14 of 55 events. Pearson won two of the final 21 races (Columbia and Richmond) to finish 40th in the season points.[19]

In his first full-time season, Pearson won his first of three NASCAR championships in 1966.[21] He won 15 of 49 events, which was the second most in NASCAR history at that time.[21] Early in the season, Pearson won at Hickory, Columbia, Greenville-Pickens, and Winston-Salem Speedway to complete four straight victories.[22][23] Throughout the season, Pearson won at Richmond, Dog Track Speedway, New Asheville Speedway, Smokey Mountain Raceway, the second Greenville-Pickens race, Bridgehampton Race Circuit, Fonda Speedway, Bowman Gray Stadium, and the second Richmond race.[22]

Pearson ran a partial season in 1967, competing in 22 of 48 races.[21] He began the season racing for Cotton Owens before switching after the thirteenth race to Holman Moody.[24] Pearson quit after there was a misunderstanding about who would drive the teams tow truck.[25] Dodge decided to stop racing in NASCAR, so Pearson switched way from Owen's Dodges in favor of Holman Moody's Fords.[23] He had two wins (Bristol, Greenville-Pickens), both for Owens, in a season that was dominated by Petty's all-time record 27 victories (including all-time record 10 straight).[26][27] Pearson finished seventh in season points.[26]

In the second season of running the full schedule, Petty and Pearson each won 16 races during 1968; Pearson won the championship and Petty finished third.[28] Pearson competed primarily for Holman-Moody, winning at Bristol, Richmond, North Wilkesboro, Asheville-Weaverville Speedway, Darlington, Beltsville Speedway, Langley Field Speedway, Charlotte, Middle Georgia Raceway, Bristol, Nashville Speedway, Columbia, Bowman-Gray, Asheville-Weaverville, Hickory, and Augusta Speedway.[29] He added twelve pole positions.[29]

Pearson won his third and final championship in his final season running the full schedule in 1969.[30] The championship tied Pearson with Lee Petty for the most championships in NASCAR history (Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt hold the current record with seven titles each).[23] He started out the season at the 1969 Daytona 500 by being the first driver to qualify faster than 190 miles per hour with a speed of 190.029 miles per hour (305.822 km/h).[6][31]

In 51 starts, he had 11 wins, 42 top-fives, and 44 top-tens. He earned a record $229,760 for his effort.[30] Pearson completed 14,270 laps in 1969, which is the most laps ever in a NASCAR Cup season.[32] He was one of eleven drivers to boycott the first race at Talladega after concerns with the tires; he rejoined the tour at the following event.[23]

1970s

A Pearson Holman Moody car

The 1970 season started with Pearson competing part-time, as he would for the rest of his career. Pearson led the Daytona 500 under caution with 13 laps remaining and changed only his right side tires in a two-tire pit stop. Pete Hamilton did a four-tire stop and passed Pearson after the restart for the victory.[33] In 19 starts, he won a single race (Darlington) and earned two pole positions (Bristol, Darlington) to finish 23rd in points.[34]

R. J. Reynolds began sponsoring NASCAR in 1971 and the Grand National series was retitled the Winston Cup Series.[35] Holman Moody and Pearson split near the middle of the season after Pearson refused to take a 10% pay cut.[36] He won two races before the split (Daytona Twin 125 and Bristol) and four-second-place finishes.[36] Pearson finished the season by competing in seven races for Ray Nichels.[36] He recorded one top-ten finish (eighth at the July Daytona race), but suffered mechanical problems in all of the other races.[36] For the season he finished 51st in points after competing in 17 races with nine top-tens and eight top-fives.[36]

At R. J. Reynolds' request, NASCAR began cutting down on the number of races in 1972 season by eliminating midweek races.[37] It also dropped 13 short tracks and had a 31-race schedule.[37][38] Pearson began racing for the Wood Brothers that season.[39] He raced in 17 of the events and had six wins, which earned him a 20th-place finish in the season points.[38] Pearson was racing against Bobby Isaac and Buddy Baker at the end of the Winston 500 at Talladega Superspeedway when Jimmy Crawford spun into Isaac; Pearson won the race.[38] He won later that season at the Firecracker 400, a race that he would win three straight times.[40]

While Pearson only started in 18 (of 28) races during 1973, he was named the NASCAR driver of the Year after finishing eighth in points.[1][41] He won 11 of those 18 races in the Wood Brothers Mercury.[42] His 61% win percentage is the highest in NASCAR history.[43] He had wins at North Carolina Motor Speedway (Rockingham), Atlanta, Darlington, Martinsville, Talladega, Dover, Michigan, second Daytona race, second Atlanta race, second Dover race, and the second Rockingham race.[44] The remaining seven races contained four Did Not Finishes (DNFs), two-second-place finishes and one third place.[44] At the first Rockingham event, Pearson led 499 of 500 miles, giving up the lead only for a pit stop.[45] He won eight pole positions with a 3.4 average starting position.[44]

Pearson finished third in the 1974 points after competing in 19 of 30 events.[46] It was the only season where drivers were awarded points based on their money earnings, which ended up rewarding drivers who finished high in the big-money races.[47] He won seven races, including the Winston 500 by 0.17 seconds over Benny Parsons.[46] Pearson began to earn the nickname of "silver fox" after the 1974 Firecracker 400. Entering the final lap, he was leading followed closely by Petty. Fearing that Petty would do a slingshot pass, he slowed a little, pulled his car off to the side to simulate a blown motor, and threw his hand up in the air as a motion of defeat. Petty quickly passed opening a lead of several car lengths exiting turn 2.Using the draft, Pearson closed in quickly down the backstretch and through turns 3 and 4 and drew right behind Petty. Coming out of the final corner, Pearson pulled to the inside and did a slingshot pass back to win the race by a car length.[48] The International Race of Champions (IROC) invited him to participate in their first annual all-star stock car racing series for the 1973-74 season and he finished fourth of the twelve drivers.[49]

In 1975, NASCAR changed to the points system that it would use for nearly three decades until the current Chase for the Cup format was implemented in 2004.[46]ABC televised the second half of the 1975 Daytona 500 and drew a 10.5 rating opposite an 8.6 rating for an NBA game and a 4.1 for a NHL game.[50] Pearson took the lead back from Benny Parsons on lap 177 and began to pull away. Petty, who was 8 laps down after several unscheduled pit stops due to engine overheating, began drafting with Parsons and the duo started closing on Pearson. With less than 3 laps to go Pearson collided Cale Yarborough on the backstretch and spun out into the grass. Parsons won the race by a lap over Bobby Allison. After the race, Pearson complained that Petty showed favoritism by helping Parsons.[3] His attempt to win his third consecutive Winston 500 fell short when he was unable to catch Baker. Despite these near-wins, he won three times in 21 attempts. He finished 14th in points in the 30-event season.[50] He competed in the second annual IROC season during 1974/75 and he finished sixth in points.[51]

Pearson's No. 21 Mercury owned by the Wood Brothers

The 1976 Daytona 500 is known for the final lap battle between Pearson and Petty.[52] In 2007, ESPN rated the race as the fourth most interesting Daytona 500.[53] Petty was leading Pearson going into the last lap by a couple of car lengths.[54] Pearson used the draft to attempt a slingshot pass against Petty at the end of the back stretch on the last lap,[54] but his car pushed high into the final turn while going around another car. Petty edged under Pearson, and their cars crashed into each other on the frontstretch in the final turns.[54] They both spun out into the infield grass approximately 100 feet (30 meters) short of the finish line.[54]Benny Parsons who was driving the third place car, was over a lap behind the disabled cars.[54] With Petty unable to restart his car, Pearson slowly drove his Wood Brothers Mercury over the grassy infield past the finish line for his only Daytona 500 victory.[48][52] He won a series-best ten races in 1976, but finished ninth in season points after competing in only 22 of 30 events.[55] He won his only IROC race at the first race of IROC III in 1975/1976 at Michigan International Speedway and finished fifth in points.[56]

Pearson finished 13th in the 1977 NASCAR points, with two wins in 22 (of 30) races.[57] IROC invited him to participate in IROC IV in 1976/77 and he finished ninth in the four race series.[58]

He competed in 22 races (of 30) again in 1978, winning four times for a 16th-place finish in the season points.[59] In March, Pearson won his 100th Winston Cup race at Rockingham.[59] Late in the World 600, Pearson was battling for the win against Parsons until Parsons' spin collected both drivers. Darrell Waltrip edged Donnie Allison for the victory.[59] Pearson competed in his final IROC race in June 1978 during IROC V.[60]

Pearson began 1979 by winning the pole position at year's first race at Riverside; he finished in second place.[61] 1979 was Pearson's final season racing for the Wood Brothers,[39] with his last race happening at Darlington.[61] After a miscommunication, he left the pits without waiting for the pit crew to place lug nuts on the car and the tires fell off the car when he reached the end of pit lane.[25] Pearson quit the team after the race.[25] Pearson had won 43 races between 1972 and 79 while driving for the Wood Brothers.[39] Later during the season, Rod Osterlund's rookie driver, Dale Earnhardt, suffered a shoulder injury.[25] Osterlund hired Pearson to replace Earnhardt during four races; he collected the pole position at Michigan and won the 1979 Southern 500.[25][61] For the season, Pearson had competed in nine races and finished 32nd in points.[62] Fans voted him as NASCAR's Most Popular Driver.[63]

1980s

Pearson raced for Hoss Ellington during the 1980 season.[64] He won the 1980 CRC Chemicals Rebel 500 at Darlington for his final Cup win.[25] He started nine times to finish 37th in season points.[17][65] Pearson qualified on the pole position at Charlotte for his eleventh straight time and he had started on the front row in fifteen straight races between 1972-80.[10] In 1981, he raced in six races for four owners.[66] His season was highlighted by winning the pole position for Kennie Childers at Dover and two Top 10 finishes at Darlington.[66]

Bobby Hawkins hired Pearson to race in six events during 1982.[67] He started on the pole position at Charlotte and Darlington and had top five finishes at the July Daytona race and Charlotte.[67] He ended the 30-race season in 37th place in the point standings.[67] Pearson entered his first NASCAR Busch Grand National (now Xfinity Series) race that season.[41] He won the pole position for that race at Bristol and he finished second.[68] Pearson raced in two more Busch races that season (Dover, North Carolina), starting second and first; he finished fifth and first.[68] The North Carolina win was his only Busch victory.[41]

Pearson raced in ten events for Hawkins in 1983.[69] He had four top ten finishes, including eighth and third-place finishes at Daytona, and finished 33rd in points.[69] He started from the pole position for his final Busch Grand National race at Dover; it resulted in a twelfth-place finish.[70] In 1984, Pearson raced in eleven events for Hawkins and finished 41st in the season points.[71][72] He had three top ten finishes, all ninth-place finishes, at the Daytona 500, World 600, and the Miller 400.[71]

Pearson raced in twelve races during 1985, the first eight for Hoss Ellington and the final four for himself.[73] He had an average start of 9.2, but ten DNFs resulted in an average finish over 30th place. He had one top ten finish at the July Daytona race and finished 36th in points.[73][74] 1986 was Pearson's final season in NASCAR. Pearson drove his own car in two events. After a DNF at Charlotte, he finished tenth in his final race at the August Michigan event.[75]

After a three-year hiatus, Pearson planned to come out of retirement in 1989, replacing the injured Neil Bonnett in the Wood Brothers' No. 21 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Following testing for the event, however, he suffered severe neck and back pain, and chose instead to announce his retirement; Tommy Ellis replaced Pearson for the race.[76]

Legacy

The National Motor Sports Press Association's Hall of Fame inducted Pearson in 1991.[39] He was inducted in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Charlotte Motor Speedway Court of Legends in 1998.[39] He was one of ten finalists for the Driver of the Quarter Century (1967-91) sponsored by a United States businessman; Mario Andretti won the award.[77]

In mid-1999, Sports Illustrated used votes from 40 NASCAR insiders to name Pearson the Top Stock Car Driver of the Twentieth Century.[78]

In 2009, Pearson was one of the 25 nominees for the first class to be inducted in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.[79] NASCAR named the five people to be inducted in its 2010 class and it stated that he finished between sixth and eighth place.[80] Pearson left the premises ten minutes after the inductees were announced.[81] The snub drew public criticism and some writers predicted that he will be the headliner for the 2011 class.[4][81]

At the induction ceremony, Pearson said that he felt the inaugural class should include more pioneers such as Raymond Parks, Tim Flock, and Lee Petty. Pearson said "I feel like if I was going in next year and I knew Raymond Parks wasn't, I'd withdraw my name to get him in." In 2010, Pearson was named to the 2011 class in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.[82] He received the most votes, from 50 of 53 voters. "I am just proud that that many people thought enough to vote for me", Pearson said. He added that he had not felt slighted by Bill France, Jr. beating him into the 2010 class by one vote.[82] He was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on May 23, 2011.

Motorsports career results

NASCAR

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * - Most laps led.)

Grand National Series

NASCAR Grand National Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 NGNC Pts Ref
1960 Pearson Racing 67 Chevy CLT CLB DAY
17
DAY DAY
28
CLT
15
NWS
19
PHO CLB
15
MAR
DNQ
HCY WIL BGS GPS
8
AWS DAR PIF
5
HBO
14
RCH HMS CLT
10
BGS DAY
18
HEI MAB MBS
11
ATL
32
BIR NSV AWS PIF
18
CLB
19
SBO BGS DAR
27
HCY
4
CSF GSP
2
HBO
15
MAR
7
NWS
8
CLT
21
RCH ATL
25
23rd 5956 [83]
1961 CLT
5
JSP
16
DAY PIF
3
AWS HMS GPS
10
HBO BGS MAR NWS CLB
14
HCY RCH MAR DAR CLT CLT RSD ASP PIF
17
BIR GPS
17
BGS NOR HAS
4
STR CLB
17
MBS 13th 13088 [84]
Tony Lavati 66 Pontiac DAY
17
DAY
21
Pearson Racing 26 Pontiac ATL
40
John Masoni 3 Pontiac CLT
1*
DAY
1
ATL
40
BRI
30
NSV BGS AWS RCH SBO DAR
3
HCY RCH CSF ATL
1
MAR NWS CLT
21
BRI GPS HBO
1962 Fox Racing 39 Pontiac CON AWS DAY DAY DAY
6
CON AWS SVH HBO RCH CLB 10th 14404 [85]
Julian Petty 44 Pontiac NWS
33
GPS MBS MAR BGS
Owens Racing 6 Pontiac BRI
7
RCH HCY CON DAR
4
HCY RCH DTS AUG MAR NWS CLT
23
Fox Racing 3 Pontiac DAR
7
PIF
14
CLT
7*
ATL
7
BGS AUG RCH SBO DAY
8
CLB ASH GPS AUG SVH MBS BRI
37
CHT NSV HUN AWS STR BGS PIF VAL
Bud Moore Engineering 08 Pontiac ATL
11
1963 Owens Racing 6 Dodge BIR GGS THS
4
RSD
33
DAY DAY
18
DAY
48
PIF
18
AWS
18
BRI
31
AUG RCH
14
GPS
5
SBO
8
BGS MAR
9
NWS
6
CLB THS DAR
12
ODS RCH CLT
5
BIR
13
ATL
34
DAY
6
MBS SVH
2
DTS BGS
11
ASH
3
OBS BRR
4
BRI
5
GPS
6
NSV
16
CLB
2
AWS
4
PIF
16
BGS
4
ONA DAR
14
HCY
18
RCH
15
MAR
4
NWS
8
CLT
11
SBO
2
HBO
15
RSD
13
8th 21156 [86]
5 HBO
19
DTS
3
THS
14
Nichels Engineering 02 Pontiac ATL
26
HCY
1964 Owens Racing 5 Dodge CON
4
SVH
12
3rd 32146 [87]
6 AUG
17
JSP
16
RSD
6
DAY
3
DAY DAY
30
RCH
1
BRI
28
GPS
1
BGS
5
ATL
21
AWS
4
HBO
1*
PIF
3
CLB
6
NWS
11
MAR
18
SVH
7
DAR
6
LGY
12
HCY
2*
SBO
4
CLT
8
GPS
10*
ASH
4
ATL
23
CON
2*
NSV
2
CHT
1*
BIR
4
VAL
8
PIF
16*
DAY
6
ODS
2
OBS
5*
BRR
8
ISP
14
GLN
6
LIN
1
BRI
17
NSV
3
MBS
1*
AWS
2
DTS
2*
ONA
17
CLB
1
BGS
4
STR
4
DAR
12
HCY
1*
RCH
2
ODS
2
HBO
14*
MAR
8
SVH
3
NWS
17
CLT
7
HAR
15
AUG
29
JAC
10
1965 RSD DAY DAY DAY PIF ASW RCH HBO ATL GPS NWS MAR CLB BRI DAR LGY BGS HCY CLT CCF ASH HAR NSV BIR ATL GPS MBS VAL DAY ODS OBS ISP GLN BRI
36
NSV CCF
5*
AWS
15
SMR
9
PIF
10*
AUG
2
CLB
1
DTS BLV BGS DAR HCY
2
LIN
3
ODS RCH
1
MAR
3
NWS
4
CLT HBO
6
CAR
25
DTS 40th 5464 [88]
1966 AUG
6
RSD
2
DAY DAY
6
DAY
3
CAR
8
BRI
15*
ATL
14
HCY
1
CLB
1*
GPS
1*
BGS
1*
NWS
3
MAR
9
DAR
3
LGY
19
MGR MON RCH
1*
CLT
17*
DTS
1*
ASH
1*
PIF
16
SMR
1*
AWS
2
BLV
27
GPS
1*
DAY
15
ODS BRR
1*
OXF
7
FON
1*
ISP
4
BRI
3
SMR
2*
NSV ATL
44
CLB
1
AWS
13
BLV BGS
1*
DAR
3
HCY
1*
RCH
1*
HBO
2
MAR
35
NWS
2
CLT
10
CAR
7
1st 35638 [89]
1967 AUG
3
RSD
8
DAY
7
DAY DAY
24
AWS
4
BRI
1
GPS
1*
BGS
15
ATL
21
CLB HCY NWS
26
MAR SVH RCH 7th 26302 [90]
Holman-Moody 17 Ford DAR
2
BLV LGY CLT
2
ASH MGR SMR BIR CAR
21
GPS MGY DAY
4*
TRN OXF FDA ISP BRI
28
SMR NSV ATL
19
BGS CLB SVH DAR
2
HCY RCH BLV HBO MAR
3
NWS
34
CLT
24
CAR
2
AWS
3
1968 MGR
11
MGY
22
RSD
2
DAY
5
BRI
1*
RCH
1*
ATL
31
HCY
2
GPS
14*
CLB
7
NWS
1*
MAR
2
AUG AWS
1*
DAR
1*
BLV
1
LGY
1*
CLT
4
ASH
21
MGR
1*
SMR
15
BIR
18
CAR
30
GPS
2*
DAY
3
ISP
2
OXF
2
FDA
5
TRN
2
BRI
1*
SMR
3
NSV
1
ATL
4
CLB
1*
BGS
1
AWS
1*
SBO
2
LGY
1*
DAR
2
HCY
1
RCH
2
HBO
12
MAR
6
NWS
2
AUG
1
CLT
3*
CAR
2
JFC
3
1st 3499 [91]
Roy Trantham 84 Ford BLV
23
1969 Holman-Moody 17 Ford MGR
2
MGY RSD
3
DAY
1
DAY DAY
6
CAR
1*
AUG
1
BRI
3
ATL
2
CLB
2
HCY
3
GPS
3
RCH
1*
NWS
3
MAR
2
AWS
21
DAR
5
BLV
13
LGY
1
CLT
42
MGR
2
SMR
2
MCH
2
KPT
3
GPS
2
NCF
1*
DAY
4
DOV
23
TPN
1*
TRN
1
BLV
2*
BRI
1*
NSV
6
SMR
2
ATL
2
MCH
1*
SBO
2
BGS
3
AWS
2
DAR
2
HCY
21
RCH
4
TAL
Wth
CLB
19
MAR
2
NWS
1
CLT
5
SVH
3
AUG
3
CAR
2
JFC
2
MGR
2*
TWS
26
1st 4170 [92]
1970 RSD
17
DAY
23
DAY DAY
2*
RCH CAR SVH ATL BRI
18
TAL
3
NWS CLB DAR
1*
BLV LGY CLT
14
SMR MCH
3
RSD HCY KPT GPS DAY
8
AST TPN TRN BRI
22
SMR NSV ATL
32
CLB ONA MCH
37
TAL
4
BGS SBO DAR
4
HCY RCH DOV
4
NCF NWS CLT
39
MAR
6
MGR CAR
2
LGY 23rd 1716 [93]
Junior Johnson 98 Ford MAR
4
1971 Holman-Moody 17 Ford RSD
35
DAY BRI
1
ATL
4
CLB GPS
2
SMR NWS
2
MAR
2
51st 486 [94]
Mercury DAY
1
DAY
4
ONT RCH CAR DAR
31
SBO
Giachetti Brothers 44 Ford HCY
2
Nichels Engineering 33 Pontiac TAL
43
ASH KPT CLT
34
DOV MCH
33
RSD HOU GPS
17 Plymouth DAY
8
BRI AST ISP TRN NSV ATL BGS ONA MCH
Pontiac TAL
DNQ
CLB HCY DAR
35
MAR CLT DOV TWS
48
99 CAR
36
MGR RCH NWS

Winston Cup Series

NASCAR Winston Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 NWCC Pts Ref
1972 Bud Moore Engineering 15 Ford RSD
26
DAY RCH ONT CAR ATL
4
BRI 20th 4718 [95]
Wood Brothers Racing 21 Mercury DAR
1*
NWS TAL
1*
CLT
25
DOV MCH
1*
RSD TWS DAY
1*
BRI TRN ATL
3*
TAL
26
MCH
1*
NSV DAR
2
DOV
1*
MAR
3
NWS CLT
3
CAR
4
TWS
Ford MAR
8
Donlavey Racing 90 Ford RCH
24
1973 Wood Brothers Racing 21 Mercury RSD
22
DAY
33
RCH CAR
1*
BRI ATL
1*
NWS DAR
1*
MAR
1
TAL
1*
NSV CLT
2
DOV
1*
TWS RSD MCH
1
DAY
1*
BRI ATL
1*
TAL
3*
NSV DAR
2
RCH DOV
1*
NWS MAR
31
CLT
36
CAR
1*
13th 5382.8 [96]
1974 RSD
3
DAY
35
RCH CAR
34
BRI ATL
2*
DAR
1*
NWS MAR TAL
1*
NSV DOV
2
CLT
1*
RSD MCH
3
DAY
1
BRI NSV ATL
2*
POC
4
TAL
2
MCH
1*
DAR
25
RCH DOV
30
NWS MAR CLT
1*
CAR
1
ONT
2
3rd 2389.25 [97]
1975 RSD
2
DAY
4*
RCH CAR
2
BRI ATL
3
NWS DAR
7*
MAR
20
TAL
2
NSV DOV
1*
CLT
3
RSD MCH
1*
DAY
20
NSV POC
1*
TAL
39
MCH
2
DAR
27
DOV
26
NWS MAR
23
CLT
2
RCH CAR
25
BRI ATL
4
ONT
2
14th 3057 [98]
1976 RSD
1*
DAY
1
CAR
29
RCH BRI ATL
1
NWS DAR
1
MAR
3
TAL
37
NSV DOV
2
CLT
1*
RSD
1
MCH
1
DAY
2
NSV POC
4*
TAL
28
MCH
1
BRI DAR
1*
RCH DOV
3
MAR
19
NWS CLT
6
CAR
6
ATL
2
ONT
1*
9th 3483 [99]
1977 RSD
1
DAY
21
RCH CAR
32
ATL
2
NWS DAR
4*
BRI MAR
5
TAL
22
NSV DOV
2*
CLT
2
RSD
2
MCH
4
DAY
5
NSV POC
28
TAL
37
MCH
2
BRI DAR
1
RCH DOV
2
MAR
3
NWS CLT
3
CAR
27
ATL
2
ONT
5
13th 3227 [100]
1978 RSD
3
DAY
34
RCH CAR
1*
ATL
21
BRI DAR
29
NWS MAR
21
TAL
35
DOV
1
CLT
5
NSV RSD
27
MCH
2
DAY
1*
NSV POC
2
TAL
5
MCH
1
BRI DAR
28
RCH DOV
4
MAR
25
NWS CLT
5
CAR
24
ATL
32
ONT
38
16th 2756 [101]
1979 RSD
2
DAY
37
CAR
23
RCH ATL
18
NWS BRI DAR
22
MAR TAL NSV DOV CLT TWS RSD MCH DAY NSV POC 32nd 1203 [102]
Osterlund Racing 2 Olds TAL
2
Chevy MCH
4
BRI
7
DAR
1
RCH DOV MAR CLT NWS CAR ATL ONT
1980 Ellington Racing 1 Chevy RSD DAY RCH CAR ATL BRI DAR
1*
NWS MAR CLT
6
TWS RSD MCH
25
DAR
2
RCH DOV NWS MAR CLT
38
CAR 37th 1004 [103]
Olds TAL
3
NSV DOV DAY
2
NSV POC TAL
17
MCH BRI ATL
31
ONT
1981 Halpern Enterprises 16 Chevy RSD DAY
29
RCH CAR
30
ATL
32
BRI NWS DAR
8
MAR TAL NSV 70th - [104]
Kennie Childers Racing 12 Olds DOV
25
CLT TWS RSD MCH DAY NSV POC TAL MCH BRI
Ellington Racing 01 Buick DAR
8
RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR ATL RSD
1982 Bobby Hawkins Racing 03 Buick DAY RCH BRI ATL CAR DAR NWS MAR TAL NSV DOV CLT
21
POC RSD MCH
36
DAY
5
NSV POC TAL MCH
31
BRI DAR
37
RCH DOV NWS CLT
3
MAR CAR ATL RSD 37th 613 [105]
1983 16 Chevy DAY
8
RCH CAR ATL DAR
22
NWS MAR TAL
31
NSV DOV BRI CLT
39
RSD POC MCH
35
DAY
3
NSV POC TAL
25
MCH
9
BRI DAR
10
RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT
39
CAR ATL RSD 33rd 943 [106]
1984 DAY
9
RCH
32
CAR ATL BRI NWS DAR
37
MAR TAL
32
NSV DOV CLT
9
RSD MCH
9
DAY
17
NSV POC TAL MCH
39
BRI DAR
41
RCH DOV MAR CLT
38
NWS CAR ATL
25
RSD 41st 812 [107]
Junior Johnson & Associates 12 Chevy POC
QL+
1985 Ellington Racing 21 Chevy DAY
28
RCH CAR ATL
29
BRI DAR
28
NWS MAR TAL
36
DOV CLT
27
RSD POC MCH
17
DAY
10
POC
35
36th 879 [108]
Pearson Racing Ford TAL
35
MCH
39
BRI DAR
40
RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT
37
CAR ATL RSD
1986 Chevy DAY RCH CAR ATL BRI DAR NWS MAR TAL DOV CLT
36
RSD POC MCH DAY POC TAL GLN MCH
10
BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR ATL RSD 82nd 134 [109]
+ - Qualified for Neil Bonnett
Daytona 500

Budweiser Late Model Sportsman Series

NASCAR Budweiser Late Model Sportsman Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 NBLMSSC Pts
1982 Pearson Racing 21 Pontiac DAY RCH BRI
2*
MAR DAR
3
HCY SBO CRW RCH LGY DOV
5
HCY CLT ASH HCY SBO CAR
1
CRW SBO HCY LGY IRP
19
BRI HCY RCH MAR CLT HCY MAR 35th 776
1983 Ford DAY RCH CAR HCY MAR NWS SBO GPS LGY DOV
12
BRI CLT SBO HCY ROU SBO ROU CRW ROU SBO HCY LGY IRP GPS BRI HCY DAR RCH NWS SBO MAR ROU CLT HCY MAR 112th 127

International Race of Champions

(key) (Bold - Pole position. * - Most laps led.)

International Race of Champions results
Season Make Q1 Q2 Q3 1 2 3 4 Pos. Pts
1973-74 Porsche RSD
9
RSD
2
RSD
4
DAY
4
4th $14,600
1974-75 Chevy MCH
3
RSD
4
RSD
11
DAY
5
6th $16,500
1975-76 MCH
1
RSD
10
RSD
8
DAY
4
5th $21,000
1976-77 MCH
10
RSD
2
RSD
11
DAY
6
9th $10,500
1978-79 MCH
5
MCH RSD RSD ATL NA -

Personal life

Pearson's wife Helen Ruth Pearson predeceased him in 1991.[110] He has three sons (Larry Pearson, Ricky Pearson, and Eddie Pearson).[78] Larry raced in NASCAR and he was the 1986 and 1987 Busch Series champion. Ricky Pearson was general manager and a crew chief for Buckshot Jones/Buckshot Racing when they won two Busch Series races.[111]

In December 2014 Pearson suffered a mild stroke which partially paralyzed the left half of his body, but from which he recovered.[112]

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ned Jarrett
Richard Petty
NASCAR Grand National Champion
1966
1968, 1969
Succeeded by
Richard Petty
Bobby Isaac
Preceded by
Benny Parsons
Daytona 500 Winner
1976
Succeeded by
Cale Yarborough

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