The NASCAR community, and United States is mourning a great loss Tuesday. A passion for cars led the SC native to NASCAR in the 1950s, wher
The NASCAR community, and United States is mourning a great loss Tuesday.
A passion for cars led the SC native to NASCAR in the 1950s, where he first won a championship as Buck Baker’s crew chief.
A SC native, Moore joined the military in 1943 at the age of 18 and was decorated with five Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars as a result of his service in World War II.
Walter Maynard “Bud” Moore Jr., a Spartanburg, South Carolina native, joined the U.S. military in 1943 after graduating from high school. A machine gunner, Moore was assigned to the 90th Infantry Division, which landed on Utah Beach (France) on D-Day in June 1944. His last NASCAR premier series victory came in 1993. Sadly, Weatherly died in an early 1964 race at Riverside International Raceway.
During his 37 years as a vehicle owner, Moore’s drivers included Weatherly, Dale Earnhardt, Fireball Roberts, David Pearson, Bobby Isaac, Buddy Baker, Benny Parsons, Bobby Allison, Ricky Rudd and Geoffrey Bodine. His cars won 63 races including the Daytona 500 in a career that ended in 2000.
Here is what NASCAR Chairman Brian France had to say about Moore’s passing.
Walter “Bud” Moore Jr., a decorated World War II veteran and Hall of Fame NASCAR owner, died Monday night at the age of 92. Once he entered his own team into competition he won won back-to-back championships in 1962 and 1963 with driver Joe Weatherly. A SC native, Moore won championships as both a auto owner and crew chief. Those successes, along with many more, earned him his own spot in the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and fans of Bud Moore through these rough times. “We will miss Bud, a giant in our sport, and a true American hero”. He shut down his team in 1999, and was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in May 2011, becoming the oldest living inductee at the time.