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Remembering Bud Moore, the Late NASCAR Legend and World War II Veteran Jason Smith/Stringer

It’s been more than a year since Bud Moore, a NASCAR Hall of Famer and World War II veteran, passed away.

Moore, who died on November 27, 2017 in his hometown of Spartanburg, South Carolina at the age of 92, took part in the D-Day Normandy invasion and was awarded two Bronze Star Medals for heroic actions and five Purple Hearts for being injured in combat over the course of his career in the Army, according to NBC Sports.

After the war, Moore won a NASCAR title in 1957 as a crew chief before staring his own racing team in 1961. He won back-to-back titles as an owner and was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011.

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After Moore’s death, Brian France, who was NASCAR’s acting CEO at the time, said the following, per NASCAR.com:

“Many choose the word ‘hero’ when describing athletes who accomplish otherworldly sporting feats. Oftentimes, it’s an exaggeration. But when detailing the life of the great Bud Moore, it’s a description that fits perfectly.”

“Moore, a decorated veteran of World War II, served our country before dominating our sport as both a crew chief and, later, an owner. As a crew chief, Moore guided NASCAR Hall of Famer Buck Baker to a championship in 1957. As an owner, he captured consecutive titles in 1962-63 with another Hall of Famer, Joe Weatherly. Those successes, along with many more, earned him his own spot in the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011.”

“On behalf of all of NASCAR, I offer my condolences to Bud’s family, friends and fans. We will miss Bud, a giant in our sport, and a true American hero.”

Rest in peace, Bud.

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