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For 5 and a half hours David Pearson of Spartanburg, S. C., drove a high powered car around the Charlotte Motor Speedway to win the world 600 stock car race. As part of his prize, Pearson elected to take a new car. “I don’t have a car.” quipped! Pearson. “I might as well have a good one.”
On Tuesday before the Sunday race, Pearson was hired to drive the 1961 Pontiac belonging to John Masoni of Daytona Beach. Fla., whose chief mechanic is Ray Fox, also of Daytona Beach. For winning his first late model stock car race, Pearson took home for Masoni $21,200 in cash; the Pontiac pace car, a fully equipped convertible—including air conditioning—worth $5,200: $2,250 in lap money; and $800 for the first 1961 Pontiac to cross the finish line.
Charlotte Motor Speedway World 600 1961
May 23, 1975
David Pearson, Wood brothers are alive and well at Charlotte Motor Speedway
By RICHARD SOWERS
Gazette Sports Editor
HARRISBURG — Make no mistake about it. The most successful combination in superspeedway history is alive and well. When, selecting the favorite for Sunday’s 16th annual World 600, the man to beat and the car to beat David Pearson and the Wood Brothers Mercury.
After all, the Silver Fox not only put the Wood Brothers’ Mercury on the pole position Thursday afternoon with a speed of 159.296 miles per hour, but Pearson and the famed Stuart, Va. Car builders are defending champions of everything in sight. Pearson broke a 13-year drought a year ago by winning the World 600. It was the first victory for the Silver Fox at the Charlotte Motor Speedway since 1961. That ‘61 victory in a Pontiac was the first victory in Pearson’s Grand National career.
David Pearson and the Wood Brothers at Charlotte Motor Speedway