Wood Brothers Racing announced Monday evening that the legendary “Silver Fox” David Pearson had died at the age of 83. Drivers, track personnel, broadcasters and others in the NASCAR industry paid homage to Pearson on social media.
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Unbelievably sad day today after hearing of the passing of (one of) THE ABSOLUTE GREATEST #nascar drivers. We wouldn’t be here today without him and we’re thinking of the entire David Pearson family tonight.
— Wood Brothers Racing (@woodbrothers21) November 13, 2018
RIP David Pearson.
I’d have to say if their was one driver who inspired me the most on the race track it was you. Always gritty, witty and in position at the end when it counted.
— Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) November 13, 2018
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
— Jeff Gordon (@JeffGordonWeb) November 13, 2018
Such sad news that David Pearson past away today. Got a chance to meet David a few times and share some good stories and laughs. May he RIP as our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones! pic.twitter.com/Hpts8LIrtL
— Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch) November 13, 2018
I am so sad to hear about my hero and the guy I consider to be the greatest stock car driver of “all time” David Pearson passed away today, there was no one like the “Silver Fox”! RIP my dear old friend!
— Darrell Waltrip (@AllWaltrip) November 13, 2018
My thoughts and prayers to everyone. https://t.co/1K17OIIPSN
— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) November 13, 2018
"He pushed me just as much as I pushed him on the track. We both became better for it,"- Richard Petty on David Pearson. #RESPECT
— Richard Petty Motorsports (@RPMotorsports) November 13, 2018
Tonight my heart is sad. I was blessed to watch and race with David Pearson and in my childhood memories of race tracks, David is there. The Man you had to beat, that Beautiful 21 Wood Bros Mercury. He was what a “Racecar Driver” was.. Steve McQueen Cool…one of the BEST EVER!
— Kyle Petty (@kylepetty) November 13, 2018
— Mario Andretti (@MarioAndretti) November 13, 2018
Growing up in UpState NY I didn’t get to see much of NASCAR, but when I did I rooted for The Silver Fox. David Pearson was one of the greatest of all time. Thoughts for Rickey and Eddie and entire family. He was my hero https://t.co/eP24nQzp8k
— Todd Bodine (@Team_Onion) November 13, 2018
One of my all time favorite things in my career was this SI cover. RIP Silver Fox. pic.twitter.com/Mi56s1TD7D
— Dale Jarrett (@DaleJarrett) November 13, 2018
David Pearson was truly an icon. His driving ability and personality helped shape the sport. One of the best ever.
— Jeff Burton (@JeffBurton) November 13, 2018
Sad to hear that David Pearson has passed. One of my favorite things to do is find an old timer thats been in the garage a long time and listen to their stories….and I guarantee you!! Pearson…will be the top 5 stories that person will tell you. #legend #RIPDavidPearson
— Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) November 13, 2018
RIP David Pearson when i drove for the @woodbrothers21 the stories they talked about with David and what they accomplished together were amazing to listen to. Obviously one of the best ever!! 🙏🏼
— Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (@StenhouseJr) November 13, 2018
We lost a legend today. We’re saddened to learn of the passing of the incomparable David Pearson.
Rest In Peace, Silver Fox. pic.twitter.com/QahBOW1n9s
— Richmond Raceway (@RichmondRaceway) November 13, 2018
The lady in black will always love you.
Dec. 22, 1934 – Nov. 12, 2018. pic.twitter.com/ypnDWUvrpw
— Darlington Raceway (@TooToughToTame) November 13, 2018
— Michael Waltrip (@MW55) November 13, 2018
We are very sad to learn that "The Silver Fox", David Pearson has passed away at the age of 83.
— SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Ch. 90) (@SiriusXMNASCAR) November 13, 2018