Racing Hall adds humble Pearson
Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 9:02 pm
By JENNA FRYER
AP Auto Racing Writer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — There was shock, maybe even outrage, when David Pearson didn’t make the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
If Pearson felt slighted, he never said.
Pearson made the wait worth it Monday night, headlining the inauguration of the five-member second class. As he did last year, when he was passed over for induction, Pearson called on the voting panel to elect NASCAR’s pioneers before anyone else.
“I’m being honest, none of us should be in it,” Pearson said, throwing his support behind the likes of Cotton Owens, Raymond Parks and Ray Fox.
“I keep going back to the ones that really started it. The older guys ought to go in first, the ones that really started it and even me, I don’t deserve to go in now.”
But Pearson, winner of three championships and 105 races, understood why he was selected. He was introduced by longtime rival Richard Petty and inducted by car owner Leonard Wood, who called Pearson “the greatest driver in the history of NASCAR.”
Pearson was inducted along with Bobby Allison, Petty Enterprises patriarch and three-time Cup champion Lee Petty, Bud Moore, a two-time Cup championship team owner, and two-time champion and noted broadcaster Ned Jarrett.
Published in The Messenger 5.24.11