Bud Moore (NASCAR owner)
Walter M. "Bud" Moore (born May 25, 1925) is a retired NASCAR car owner who operated the Bud Moore Engineering team. He was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina. A decorated veteran of World War II, he described himself as "an old country mechanic who loved to make 'em run fast". His cars were number 15 and usually painted red and white and sponsored by Motorcraft. There was also a different person named Bud Moore who raced in NASCAR in the 1960s and 1970s.
In 1957, driver Buck Baker won the NASCAR Grand National championship with Moore as crew chief. In 1961, Moore got much of his success as a car owner for Joe Weatherly, who won eight of his twenty-four races driving Moore's Pontiacs. Weatherly also ended up winning the 1962 and 1963 NASCAR Grand National championships, again driving for Moore.
In 1964, Billy Wade managed to grab five poles and win four Grand National races in a row driving for Bud. Then four years later in 1968, Tiny Lund won the Grand American division championship driving for him.
In 1970, Parnelli Jones won the Sports Car Club of America's Trans-Am championship driving for Moore in the famous Boss 302 Mustang. Buddy Baker won three straight Talladega races in 1975 and 1976, and in 1978, Bobby Allison won the Daytona 500 driving for Moore.
Other notable motor racers have driven for Moore, including Fireball Roberts, Darel Dieringer, David Pearson, Cale Yarborough, Bobby Isaac, Dale Earnhardt, Darrell Waltrip, Donnie Allison, Geoff Bodine, Ricky Rudd, Brett Bodine, and Morgan Shepherd.
During his 37 years as a car owner, he has achieved 63 wins, 43 poles and three NASCAR Grand National Division championships. On May 23, 2011 Moore was inducted into the second class in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.