NASCAR greats have Fayetteville racing experience
NASCAR has inducted 10 men into its Hall of Fame in Charlotte. The careers of six of those men included races at tracks in Fayetteville. NASCAR's seven-time Cup champions Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt competed at Champion Speedway (1958) and Cumberland Speedway (1978), respectively. Junior Johnson raced at Champion in 1958, Lee Petty competed four times at Champion, Bobby Allison won a NASCAR Grand National East event at Cumberland in 1973, and David Pearson raced several times at Fayetteville Speedway in the '70s. Other notables who have raced here include: two-time NASCAR champ Herb Thomas, 83-time winner Cale Yarborough, former Daytona 500 champions Buddy Baker and Tiny Lund, and black pioneer Wendell Scott.