NASCAR legend David Pearson recovering from stroke

David Pearson (right) makes a presentation during the 2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

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Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and 2011 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee David Pearson is recovering from a mild stroke suffered on Dec. 9.

Pearson, whose nickname is "The Silver Fox," is second to Richard Petty on NASCAR’s all-time wins list with 105 career victories.

Wednesday afternoon during the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour, NASCAR public relations representative Josh Hamilton provided an update on Pearson’s condition, along with a written statement from the legendary driver’s family.

"David had a mild stroke on Dec. 9, but is doing great and well on the road to recovery," the statement read. "The stroke affected his left side somewhat, but he is able to walk slowly and his arm continues to get better with maneuverability. He has great grip with his left hand, so we are very much encouraged.

"He continues to have therapy on both his leg and arm, and progresses each day. Today, he is 80 to 85 percent back to normal, and we expect a full recovery soon. Thanks to the NASCAR family and all of his fans and friends for their support and concern."

Pearson, 80, made 574 top series NASCAR starts over a career that lasted 27 years. The native of Spartanburg, South Carolina retired from driving in 1986.