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David Pearson | Class of 2011

April 10, 2013, NASCAR.com

David Pearson  | Class of 2011
NASCAR Hall of Fame member

David Pearson, a.k.a. The Silver Fox, was the model of NASCAR efficiency during his career.

With little exaggeration, when Pearson showed up at a race track, he won.

(b. 12-22-34)

Hometown: Spartanburg, S.C.

Competed: 1960-86

Starts: 574

Wins: 105

Poles: 113

His 105 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories ranks second all-time, and he amassed that figure in only 574 races -- a winning percentage of 18.29.

In a career that spanned 27 years, Pearson never once ran every single race in a given season. When he came close to running the full schedule, he won a championship -- or came darn close.

In 1966, Pearson ran 42 of 49 races to win his first championship. In his 1968 championship winning campaign, he ran 48 of 49 races. And in 1969, he ran 51 of 54 en route to his third and final title. 

His consistent greatness might best be defined by his 1974 performance, a season he did not win the championship. He finished third that year behind Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough -- but raced only 19 of 30 races.

Ranking second in wins and poles, Pearson’s numbers are eclipsed only by Petty. Pearson won the Daytona 500 once (1976), but had six victories overall at Daytona International Speedway.

 

 

 

 

 
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Statistics
Year Age Races Win Top 5 Top 10 Pole Laps Led Rank AvSt AvFn RAF Miles LLF
1960 26 22 of 44 0 3 7 1 3885 0   14.7 15.4 12 3792.3 1
1961 27 19 of 52 3 7 8 1 3087 247   8.8 14.6 10 3466.7 3
1962 28 12 of 53 0 1 7 0 2690 280   8.2 13.7 6 3585.5 1
1963 29 41 of 55 0 13 19 2 8697 178   11.8 12.6 25 6724.8 3
1964 30 61 of 62 8 29 42 12 13225 2256   5.2 8.3 39 9152.5 11
1965 31 14 of 55 2 8 11 1 3243 576   4.1 8.7 7 1890.3 4
1966 32 42 of 49 15 26 33 7 10781 3174   5.6 6.4 34 8587.7 21
1967 33 22 of 49 2 11 13 2 5638 667   5.7 11.5 13 5985.7 5
1968 34 48 of 49 16 36 38 12 13097 3950   3.4 5.8 38 9923.2 29
1969 35 51 of 54 11 42 44 14 14270 2905   4.6 5.3 42 11710.8 29
1970 36 19 of 48 1 9 11 2 4210 580   5.8 12.8 10 5818.3 4
1971 37 17 of 48 2 8 9 2 2998 252   7.0 18.9 9 3122.2 3
1972 38 17 of 31 6 12 13 4 4902 1570   5.1 7.9 12 6622.9 7
1973 39 18 of 28 11 14 14 8 5338 2658   3.4 7.8 14 7209.0 14
1974 40 19 of 30 7 15 15 11 4630 1167   2.2 7.9 15 7757.8 15
1975 41 21 of 30 3 13 14 7 5653 1343 15 3.4 10.3 13 8591.3 9
1976 42 22 of 30 10 16 18 8 6194 1227 9 3.5 6.9 18 9060.3 14
1977 43 22 of 30 2 16 16 5 5694 868 13 5.4 9.6 16 8191.8 12
1978 44 22 of 30 4 11 11 7 5375 757 16 4.7 15.6 11 7612.7 8
1979 45 9 of 31 1 4 5 2 2271 264 32 4.8 12.9 5 3232.9 3
1980 46 9 of 31 1 4 5 1 1787 172 37 6.7 13.9 5 3254.1 4
1981 47 6 of 31 0 0 2 1 1309 48 69 8.8 22.0 2 1878.6 0
1982 48 6 of 30 0 2 2 2 1019 7 38 12.3 22.2 2 1721.0 1
1983 49 10 of 30 0 1 4 0 1643 18 33 11.4 22.1 4 3093.6 1
1984 50 11 of 30 0 0 3 1 1630 10 41 10.3 26.2 4 2974.0 1
1985 51 12 of 28 0 0 1 0 1418 2 36 9.3 30.1 2 2644.7 0
1986 52 2 of 29 0 0 1 0 337 0 82 11.0 23.0 1 605.0 0
27 years   574 105 301 366 113 135021 25176   6.9 13.8 369 148209.7 203
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