Legendary NASCAR car owner Bud Moore will be inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in Detroit on Wednesday night. Other individuals to be inducted on Wednesday include Jack Chrisman, Harvey Firestone, Masten Gregory, Brad Lackey, Robert E. Petersen and Alex Zanardi.
“There is no better way to celebrate our 25th anniversary than with an induction class that showcases a true variety of American motorsports with an international flair,” Motorsports Hall of Fame President Ron Watson said. “This year’s silver anniversary group features a champion rider and drivers, a title-winning team owner, a legendary publisher and an industrial giant whose name still graces racing tires today.”
Moore started five races as a driver, but it was in his role as car owner that Moore’s NASCAR career thrived. He claimed two consecutive Cup level championships as an owner with Joe Weatherly behind the wheel of his car in 1962 and 1963. Moore was also a championship-level NASCAR crew chief, guiding Buck Baker to the 1957 title. He was a part of the second class inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011.
Many the top names in NASCAR from over the years drove cars owned by Moore sometime during their careers. Drivers who drove for Moore included Fireball Roberts, David Pearson, Cale Yarborough, Bobby Isaac, Dale Earnhardt, Darrell Waltrip, Donnie Allison, Geoff Bodine, Ricky Rudd, Brett Bodine and Morgan Shepherd.
In 37 years as a car owner at NASCAR’s top level, Moore won 63 races in 959 starts. He retired from competition in 2000. Moore also found success as an owner in Trans-Am road racing in the 1960s and 70s.
Moore was also an Army war hero in World War II, receiving five Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars.
– Photo courtesy of the NASCAR Hall of Fame