NASCAR Hall of Famer Bud Moore dead at 92

Walter “Bud” Moore Jr., winner of two NASCAR championships as a car owner, died Monday at age 92.

Moore won the NASCAR premier series title in 1957 as crew chief for Buck Baker and car owner titles in 1962 and ’63 with Joe Weatherly. A member of the 2011 class, he was the oldest living member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

A South Carolina native, Moore joined the military in 1943 at the age of 18 and was decorated with five Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars as a result of his service in World War II.

The NASCAR community reacted throughout the day Tuesday.

NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France issued a statement that read, in part: “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.”

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