Bud Moore Added to List of Darlington Stripe Zone Guest Appearances
Legendary team owner Bud Moore has been added to the list of celebrities who will make guest appearances in the Darlington Stripe Zone on Saturday, May 12. Jeff Burton and Cotton Owens are also scheduled to appear.
Moore started tinkering with cars as a teenager growing up in Spartanburg, SC, but his progression into auto racing was put on hold when, just days after graduating from high school, he was drafted into the Army in 1943.
Moore fought in WWII with the 90th Infantry Division and landed on Utah Beach during D-Day on June 6, 1944. He fought in five major battles - some alongside General George S. Patton - and survived being hit by machine gun fire and shrapnel from a mortar shell explosion before he was discharged in November 1945 with five Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars.
Back home, Moore turned his passion for cars into a career. In 1947 he opened a garage and began repairing automobiles. He built stock cars on the side to fuel his desire for racing, and entered as many as 60 races a year in the late 1940s, going on to build cars for drivers such as Buck Baker and Speedy Thompson in the 1950s, including the car that Baker drove to the 1957 NASCAR Winston Cup championship.
In 1961, Moore formed his own team, with Joe Weatherly at the wheel. Weatherly posted eight wins for Bud Moore Engineering in its first season, and went on to win 12 more races for Moore, including the 1962 and 1963 NASCAR Winston Cup championships.
During his career as a team owner, Moore totaled 63 wins, 43 poles and two championships. He is seventh in all-time car owner wins, and was inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) Hall of Fame in 2002.
Located in the Wachovia Hospitality Village outside Turn 3, the Darlington Stripe Zone gives fans an opportunity to eat, relax and interact with NASCAR personalities on race day. Stripe Zone admission is limited in number and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Darlington Stripe Zone admission includes food and beverages (including four beer tickets); live entertainment; a pre-race pit pass; a commemorative event souvenir; and question-and-answer sessions featuring current and former NASCAR superstars.
The 2007 Dodge Avenger 500 weekend at Darlington Raceway will include practice for the USAC Silver Crown Series and the NASCAR Busch Series on Thursday, May 10, followed by USAC qualifying and the "Silver Crown Showdown at Darlington" under the lights. This event will feature open-wheel racing at Darlington for the first time in 51 years.
On Friday, May 11, the day will include NASCAR NEXTEL Cup practice, and NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series qualifying, followed by the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 NASCAR Busch Series race under the lights that evening. Denny Hamlin is the defending champion.
On Saturday, May 12, Darlington will host Cup Series racing for the 58th consecutive season as Greg Biffle attempts to join the short list of drivers to win three events in a row at NASCAR's most historic venue. The 2007 Dodge Avenger 500 will be run under the lights in its entirety.
Tickets for all events are on sale now. For more information, call the Raceway ticket hotline toll-free at 866.459.RACE, or visit www.Racetickets.com.
Contact: Darlington Raceway public relations 843.395.8892