"When you talk about the number of races people win, he didn't run almost as many races as most of the others, his winning percentage was unbelievable", NBC Sports analyst Dale Jarrett said.
In 2016, Autoweek asked Petty who was the best he ever raced against, and Pearson was his response. "The answer has always been David Pearson", Petty said. One of those drivers was David Pearson.
"I want to thank Richard Pretty too", Pearson said from the podium. He and rival Petty, who introduced Pearson during his Hall of Fame induction, finished 1-2 in 63 races with Pearson winning 33. I then thought to myself, as the van began rolling again, this is not going to work because it's five auto lengths too soon. "He's probably the one that made me win as many as I did". "I run hard because he'd make me run hard".
Pearson won the 1976 Daytona 500 after a dramatic crash that saw him and Petty spin into the grass on the final turn. Pearson prevailed for his only Daytona 500 triumph.
Richard has always acknowledged that David was his toughest competitor on the track.More news: Better than Guardiola? Maradona backs Mourinho as the world's best
Chip Ganassi: "RIP David Pearson".
"David and I raced together throughout our careers and battled each other for wins - most of the time finishing first or second to each other".
One story that has been told and retold is of the mutual respect Pearson and Petty had for one another and how they generally complimented one another as being the best in their sport.
What I have understood better than anything at any point in my career is to listen to the great drivers, the same way Tony Gwynn listened to Ted Williams or Tom Brady would listen to Joe Montana.
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"We stayed close, and I enjoyed visits to see David when going through SC".
We send our condolences to all who love and will miss Pearson.
Please keep Pearson's family in your thoughts and prayers today.
Petty released a statement on Pearson's passing Monday night. Pearson took me around the track, stopping several times and directing me as to what I should be doing with my feet in the vehicle. He won 10 times at South Carolina's Darlington Raceway. His fierce competitiveness and passion for the sport endeared him to the NASCAR faithful. His Hall of Fame career will go down as one of the most prolific in the history of the sport. A native South Carolinian, he was a wonderful ambassador for our sport and for the Palmetto State.More news: ‘Sultan of Coins’, Accomplice Executed in Iran
Pearson was a three-time Cup Series champion, and his 105 career victories in NASCAR's premier series - which came in just 574 starts - trail only Petty's 200 on the all-time list. "In addition to his three championships, he'll forever have a special place in our hearts with his connection to Charlotte Motor Speedway", said Marcus Smith, Speedway Motorsports President and CEO. These are the only two seasons in Cup Series history during which a driver not named Richard Petty won more than half the number of races that Petty won during his record-setting 27-win 1967 season. We were lucky to be able to call him one of our champions. "The man they called the 'Silver Fox" was the gold standard for NASCAR excellence".