Larry Pearson

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Larry Pearson
Born (1953-11-02) November 2, 1953 (age 60)
Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States
Achievements 1986, 1987 Busch Series Champion
Awards 1988 Busch Series Most Popular Driver
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
57 race(s) run over 6 year(s)
Best finish 23rd (1989)
First race 1986 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
Last race 1991 Hardee's 500 (Atlanta)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 3 0
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
259 race(s) run over 16 year(s)
Best finish 1st (1986, 1987)
First race 1982 Mello Yello 300 (Charlotte)
Last race 1999 Textilease Medique 300 (South Boston)
First win 1984 Bobby Isaac Memorial 200 (Hickory)
Last win 1995 Carolina Pride / Red Dog 250 (Myrtle Beach)
Wins Top tens Poles
15 129 11
Statistics current as of December 12, 2012.

Larry Pearson is a former NASCAR driver and the son of three-time Winston Cup champion David Pearson. He won the Busch Series championship in 1986 and 1987, but struggled during his brief tenure in Winston Cup. His last ride in NASCAR came in the Busch Series in 1999, in the #00 Cheez-It Pontiac owned by Buckshot Racing.

His Winston Cup statistics include 57 starts and 3 top tens.

His Busch statistics include 259 starts, 15 wins, 78 top fives, 129 top tens, 12 poles, and 6 top ten point finishes (including the two championships).

Pearson was involved in a violent turn 2 crash with Charlie Glotzbach on March 20, 2010 during a Legends race at Bristol Motor Speedway, knocking him unconscious. Pearson regained consciousness before he was lifted out of the car on a backboard and transported by ambulance to a waiting helicopter that transported him to Bristol Regional Medical Center. Pearson suffered a fractured pelvis, fractured right hand, and compound fracture to his left ankle, and underwent surgery the night of March 20 to repair the ankle injury.[1] Two days later after the accident, he was released from the Bristol hospital and transported to Charlotte, NC.[2] He was admitted into Carolinas Medical Center in fair condition.[3]

Career results[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
1986 2 0 0 0 0 22.5 26.0 $14,310 79th #21 Pearson Racing
1987 4 0 0 1 0 22.8 21.8 $18,555 51st #16 Pearson Racing
1988 2 0 0 0 0 33.5 31.0 $3,705 62nd #16 Pearson Racing
1989 29 0 0 2 0 21.6 21.7 $156,060 23rd #16 Pearson Racing
1990 9 0 0 0 0 26.4 23.9 $72,305 35th #16 Pearson Racing
#88 Edwards Racing
#41 Larry Hedrick Motorsports
1991 11 0 0 0 0 27.2 28.6 $56,570 37th #41 Larry Hedrick Motorsports

NASCAR Nationwide Series[edit]

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
1982 13 0 0 2 0 9.0 10.0 $5,200 61st #21 Pearson Racing
1983 8 0 1 5 1 11.7 16.4 $10,895 28th #21 Pearson Racing
1984 16 1 3 11 0 12.8 10.8 $28,315 18th #21 Pearson Racing
1985 27 2 15 19 0 11.5 7.9 $101,438 3rd #21 Pearson Racing
#55 Foushee Racing
1986 31 1 17 24 1 7.6 8.1 $184,344 1st #21 Pearson Racing
1987 27 6 16 20 3 7.7 8.3 $256,372 1st #21 Pearson Racing
1988 30 3 13 16 5 9.2 12.1 $164,593 3rd #21 Pearson Racing
1989 2 0 0 1 0 14.0 8.5 $2,360 102nd #90/#16 Pearson Racing
1990 1 0 0 0 0 36.0 31.0 $925 102nd #17 Darrell Waltrip Motorsports
1993 15 0 3 6 0 16.1 18.5 $72,568 25th #92 Martin Racing
1994 27 0 3 12 0 18.7 14.6 $161,859 8th #92 Martin Racing
1995 26 2 5 8 1 16.2 16.5 $276,057 6th #92 Martin Racing
1996 26 0 2 4 0 23.6 22.9 $238,511 16th #92 Martin Racing
#46 ST Motorsports
1997 6 0 0 0 0 33.2 23.5 $22,820 54th #48 Porter Racing
#45 Laughlin Racing
#63 Hensley Motorsports
#11 Key Motorsports
1998 3 0 0 0 0 31.3 29.0 $28,595 71st #32 DAJ Racing
#55 Bobby Jones Racing
#2 RC Racing
1999 11 0 0 1 0 26.9 23.2 $185,300 49th #00 Buckshot Racing

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jack Ingram
NASCAR Busch Series Champion
1986, 1987
Succeeded by
Tommy Ellis