NASCAR: ‘Silver Fox’ Pearson runs laps with Edwards at Darlington
DARLINGTON, S.C. ó The “Silver Fox” hasn’t lost his touch at Darlington Raceway.
David Pearson, the superspeedway’s career victory leader with 10, turned several laps on Darlington’s newly paved surface Wednesday alongside NASCAR star Carl Edwards.
Pearson drove a restored version of the Wood Brothers’ No. 21 Purolator Mercury from 1971.
Pearson led the way after the green flag was dropped on the 1.366-mile oval. After several laps, the checkered flag came out with the 73-year-old Pearson edging Edwards.
“It was great to get back out on the track at Darlington Raceway and get my 11th win here,” Pearson said, joking. “I have been looking forward to this day for a long time.”
Pearson finished his Hall of Fame career with 105 NASCAR victories, second behind Richard Petty.
Edwards will return next month for the Dodge Challenger 500 as he attempts to get his first Darlington victory.
“This is a driver’s race track,” Edwards said. “You have to be on top of your game to run well here, not to mention win.”
The Sprint Cup race takes place May 10.