Bud Moore, a NASCAR Hall of Famer and World War II veteran, has passed away at the age of 92.
Moore took part in the D-day 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 military career, according to NBC Sports.
After the war, he won a NASCAR title in 1957 as a crew chief before staring his own team in 1961. He won back to back titles as an owner and was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011.
NASCAR CEO Brian France said 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.”