NASCAR legend David Pearson recovering from stroke

David Pearson was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011. (NASCAR)
David Pearson was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011. (NASCAR)
David Pearson was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011. (NASCAR)

NASCAR legend David Pearson is recovering from a stroke he suffered last month. Wednesday during the NASCAR Media Tour the family released a statement. Pearson, 80, suffered what the family terms as a “mild” stroke on December 9. According to the family he “is doing great and well on the road to recovery.” The family said the stroke affected his left side, but he is able to walk slowly and his left arm continues to get better with maneuverability. He has great grip with his left hand and the family said they are very much encouraged.

Pearson was inducted into NASCAR’s Hall of Fame as part of the second class in 2011. His snub from the first class drew a fair amount of criticism after it was revealed that he missed the top five. In keeping with his status as a southern gentleman, Pearson said he would have withdrawn his name for Hall of Fame consideration if pioneers such as Raymond Parks did not.

The Spartanburg SC native is best known as a rival to other NASCAR legends mainly  Richard Petty.MORE>>>

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