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WWII Hero & NASCAR HoF Inductee Walter ‘Bud’ Moore Dies at 92

Walter “Bud” Moore Jr., a revolutionary part of NASCAR, has died at the age of 92. Moore won two championships as a car owner and crew chief in 1962 and 1963 with Joe Weatherly as an owner and in 1957 as a crew chief for Buck Baker.

Moore, a Spartanburg, S.C. native, had been the oldest living member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. He was a member of the class of 2011.

Moore was part of D-Day on June 6, 1944. His unit was attached to General George W. Patton’s “Third Army,” which pushed to liberate Europe during WWII. Moore was decorated with five Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars (the second with clusters).

Moore spent 37 years as a car owner in NASCAR’s premier division, featuring a list of multiple drivers, including Bobby Issac, Buddy Baker, Bobby Allison, Benny Parsons, Dale Earnhardt Sr., Ricky Rudd, Darrell Waltrip and many others. His last race as a team owner came in 2000 at Talladega with Ted Musgrave.

Services and arrangements will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Victory Junction, 4500 Adam’s Way, Randleman, N.C. 27317; Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300; Jacksonville, Fla. or Hearing Charities of America, Hearing Aid Project, 1912 East Meyer Boulevard, Kansas City, Miss. 64132.


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His favorite tracks on the circuit include Barber Motorsports Park, Iowa Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, and Bristol Motor Speedway.

During the season, Christian also spends time as a photographer with multiple other outlets shooting Monster Energy AMA Supercross, Minor League & Major League Baseball, and NCAA Football.

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