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Jamie McMurray honors ‘Silver Fox’ David Pearson with Southern 500 scheme


during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 18, 2017 in Bristol, Tennessee.

Brian Lawdermilk

Jamie McMurray will honor the second winningest driver in NASCAR Cup Series history with his No. 1 Chevrolet in Sunday’s Southern 500 on NBCSN.

McMurray’s car will take after the No. 1 Hawaiian Tropic Chevrolet that David Pearson drove to his final Cup win in 1980.

Pearson, who won 105 Cup races, claimed his final victory at Darlington Raceway on April 13, 1980 in the CRC Chemicals Rebel 500. It was Pearson’s 10th victory at the track “Too Tough to Tame” and his second in a row.

Nicknamed the “Silver Fox,” Pearson won the Southern 500 three times, including twice for Wood Brothers Racing.

Pearson also earned 12 poles at Darlington, including five straight from 1975-77.

McMurray will be seeking his first Cup win since 2013 and his first win at Darlington.

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