David, the Gray Fox, Pearson was one of the greatest NASCAR race drivers of all time. When asked who the best race driver was, Richard Petty always says David Pearson. Some of their battles on the track are historic. 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.” 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.” Petty had 200 wins in 1,184 starts while Pearson had less than half of Petty’s starts with 105 wins in 574 starts.
Did you know that Richard Petty and David went drag racing during their NASCAR boycott? There is far more to know about David that we will tell you later, but for now enjoy this old interview.
David was a three time NASCAR Champion but in many seasons he often did not even run every race. Of course, we remember and celebrate him for his time behind the wheel of the blue and gold Holman Moody number 17 Torino/Talladega and red and white Wood Brothers number 21.