DARLINGTON, S.C. (Feb. 9, 2011) – Tickets for the 2011 SHOWTIME Southern 500 are already a hot commodity and they have become even more desirable with the announcement that 2011 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductees and South Carolina natives, Bud Moore and David Pearson, will be featured on the commemorative ticket.
Legendary car owner Bud Moore was born in Charleston, South Carolina, and would become a decorated war hero in World War II before embarking on a remarkable career in NASCAR racing. Moore saw some of NASCAR’s greatest drivers pilot his entries during his time as an owner. Names like Weatherly, Pearson, Baker, Yarborough and Earnhardt became synonymous with Moore’s race teams during a career that spanned more than four decades and produced back-to-back NASCAR Cup Series championships in 1962 and 1963.
Spartanburg, South Carolina native David Pearson made a name for himself by being a gritty competitor on the track that did things his way. Pearson is the second winningest driver in NASCAR history, behind only Richard Petty, with 105 career victories. Having never run a full season makes Pearson’s victory mark even more impressive. In fact, many still argue Pearson is the best NASCAR driver ever, and had he run full-time he would have surpassed the mark set by Petty. In addition to his 105 career victories, Pearson also recorded three NASCAR Cup series championships in 1966, 1968 and 1969.
Both Moore and Pearson are prominently featured on the SHOWTIME Southern 500 ticket along with the race logo and NASCAR Hall of Fame logo making the ticket a true collectible.
“When the 2011 Hall of Fame class was announced in October we were very excited to have two South Carolinians headed to the Hall in 2011,” said Darlington Raceway President, Chris Browning. “Bud and David have done so much to build NASCAR from its humble beginnings to the major spectator sport it is today and both are well deserving of this special honor.”
Darlington Raceway, or the track “Too Tough To Tame” as it is known to many, is where the purest of NASCAR competition meets true southern hospitality. A NASCAR staple since 1950, Darlington Raceway has seen some of motorsports most talented drivers thunder to Gatorade Victory Lane. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will kick off the 2011 racing season at Darlington on March 12, 2011. On Mother’s Day weekend, May 6-7, 2011, NASCAR’s biggest stars return to battle the track “Too Tough To Tame” in the Sprint Cup Series SHOWTIME Southern 500® and Nationwide Series Royal Purple 200 Presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Darlington Raceway ticket office at 866-459-RACE or online at http://www.darlingtonraceway.com/tickets/.