2011 Hall of Fame
Dale Wilkerson October 2010
Spartanburg was known as the Hub of Racing for many years as local teams and drivers dominated NASCAR. Next May, when the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony takes place, Spartanburg will once again be in the racing spotlight as David Pearson and Bud Moore will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Ned Jarrett, Bobby Allison and the late Lee Petty complete the field with both Jarrett and Allison having strong connections to the upstate.
“It’s a wonderful feeling to be recognized for the work we did out of our Spartanburg race shop. David is a great friend and being voted in with him makes this day even more special. Then looking back at the years that Bobby drove for me, it is nice to be standing alongside him on this day as well,” said Legendary NASCAR team owner Bud Moore.
“David is the greatest driver ever and in my eyes my father is the best chief mechanic ever. This is a great day for the Moore Family, the Pearson Family and the City of Spartanburg. I could not be more proud than I am right now,” said Greg Moore co-host of Droppin’ the Hammer and son of Bud Moore.
All of the voters, numerous race fans, and hoards of media gathered for the announcement just in front of the Glory Road display inside the Hall of Fame. Most people were pleased with the announcement because all five of these men are very deserving of the honor. Looking over the others that received votes; two former drivers for Junior Johnson, Cale Yarborough and Darrell Waltrip, and Dale Inman, who worked as crew chief for his cousin Richard Petty, received votes and will surely be the front runners for next year’s balloting.
Next May, five more names will be added to the 20 that remain for this year’s ballot, and Spartanburg race fans should see Cotton Owens name on that list.
Time may tell us down the road that the Class of 2011 for the NASCAR Hall of Fame is the best five assembled. Looking over the accomplishments of these gentlemen, you find over 270 Sprint Cup victories, 16 NASCAR National Championships including Sprint Cup, Grand American, and Late Models, and six Daytona 500 victories. Their contributions to NASCAR, whether behind the wheel, under the hood, or behind a microphone have made NASCAR the greatest form of automobile racing in the world.