by Charlie Turner
Thanks for stopping by OnPitRow.com and the Bench Racing with Steve and Charlie blog. The best NASCAR and IndyCar news and opinion, exclusive pictures and video. I'm Charlie Turner. Follow me on Twitter @onpitrowMarch 25, 2009 12:54 pm UTC 16 Comments
The King of Modified racing squares off against the Silver Fox in a battle for first round supremacy in the On Pit Radio region of the NASCAR 64 Greatest Drivers Tournament at Bench Racing with Steve and Charlie.
Richie Evans won nine NASCAR Featherweight Modified Tour championships before being taken from us in an accident at Martinsville Speedway in ’85. Evans won his first title in ’73 and then ran off a string of eight straight beginning in ’78. In 60 NASCAR Modified starts, Richie won 37 and had 54 top fives. Unbelievable.
David Pearson is second on the all-time Cup Series victory list with 105 and is a three time Winston Cup champ. He won the ‘76 Daytona 500, set a record for super speedway qualifying by winning 11 straight poles at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In ’73, Pearson won 11 of the 18 Cup races that he entered. He did all this while rarely entering as many races as his contemporaries.
This is a match-up of two of the very best of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers. I’ve always been a Pearson fan, but I didn’t know much about Evans before I researched this. Tough one. Leave your comments.