105 Races Without a Full Season Completed: David Pearson is the Epitome of a Stock Car Racing Legend

David Pearson – the “Silver Fox” – was well known for somehow working his way into a pole positions during the final laps of races, and for overtaking other drivers – who often had more beef under the hood – in the last few laps of any given race to gain a well earned and deserved victory. The 1960 “Rookie of the Year” never even completed a full season in stock car racing. But he still somehow managed to make other drivers sweat bricks when he gleaned the track, and is easily one of the more memorable names in stock car racing history, and is also widely considered by many to be a legend of this sport.

Fun Facts About David Pearson

A lot of present day stock car racing fans do not know very much about this famous stock car racing driver; mostly because he was a 60s era driver. But we have gathered some fun facts about him that can serve to better educate you about one of the most winningest drivers of all time. More than fifty years after the fact, Pearson still holds some rather impressive stock car records.

  • Pearson won the “Rookie of the Year” title in 1960, when he was only 25 years old.
  • Earned NASCAR Cup Championships in three separate years: 1966, 1968 and in 1969.
  • Almost never completed seasons; which left many experts and fans baffled, and that could have doubles or even tripled his wins.
  • Had a staggeringly huge 18% winning ratio, where he posted 105 wins in just 574 starts as a stock car driver.
  • Infamously quit mid-season (1967) for the race team that was owned by Cotton Owens over a dispute regarding who would get to drive the “Hauler.”
  • Holds a notable record on Darlington Raceway, where he racked up 10 race wins and 12 pole positions.
  • Only competed in 9 events in 79’, but somehow managed to be voted as the “Most Popular NASCAR Driver” by fans in a landslide.