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Hall of Famer Bud Moore Passes Away at 92



Somber news struck the NASCAR world on Monday, November 27, as 2011 Hall of Fame inductee Walter ‘Bud Moore passed away at the age of 92. Moore’s accomplishments and fame stem far beyond the racetrack, as he honorably served his country during World War II. Moore was the oldest surviving Hall of Fame member.

Moore’s Racing Record

Over the span of 4 decades, Moore was a common sight in victory lane as both a car owner and a crew chief. He helped Buck Baker win the Grand National (now Monster Energy Cup) Series championship in 1957. He also won back-to-back titles in 1962 and 1963 with driver Joe Weatherly. In total, Moore won 63 races as an owner and would work with drivers such as Dale Earnhardt and Bobby Allison. In 1978, Moore and Allison won the Daytona 500, a first victory in The Great American race for each of them. They would finish that season runner-up in the championship.

Moore’s final NASCAR victory came while as crew chief for Geoffrey Bodine at Sonoma Raceway in 1993. He would go on to crew chief until 2000.

Moore’s Military Honors

At the age of 18 in 1943, Bud Moore enlisted to fight in the European Theater in World War II. Assigned as a machine gunner to the 90th Infantry Division, Moore was part of the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944. He was a part of General George S. Patton’s Third Army, which liberated Europe from Nazi rule. In remembrance for his service, Bud Moore was awarded 5 Purple Hearts and 2 Bronze Stars. His heroism earned him the nickname ‘The Last Great American Hero.’

NASCAR Statement

NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France offered the following statement on Bud Moore’s passing.

“Many choose the word ‘hero’ when describing athletes who accomplish otherworldly sporting feats. Oftentimes, it’s an exaggeration. But when detailing the life of the great Bud Moore, it’s a description that fits perfectly. Moore, a decorated veteran of World War II, served our country before dominating our sport as both a crew chief and, later, an owner. As a crew chief, Moore guided NASCAR Hall of Famer Buck Baker to a championship in 1957. As an owner, he captured consecutive titles in 1962-63 with another Hall of Famer, Joe Weatherly. Those successes, along with many more, earned him his own spot in the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011. On behalf of all of NASCAR, I offer my condolences to Bud’s family, friends, and fans. We will miss Bud, a giant in our sport, and a true American hero.”

Bud Moore is survived by 3 sons, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and 4 siblings. Funeral services for Moore are yet to be determined. Memorial donations in Moore’s honor can be made to Victory Junction, 4500 Adam’s Way, Randleman, NC 27317; Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300; Jacksonville, FL or Hearing Charities of America, Hearing Aid Project, 1912 East Meyer Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64132.