Bud Moore’s Right Hand Man

A NASCAR Team Manager’s Career at Full Throttle


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About the Book

Greg Moore was one of three sons of NASCAR Hall of Famer Bud Moore. Bud is a highly decorated World War II veteran who landed on Utah Beach on D-Day. Greg grew up in an auto racer’s world in which his father’s cars and drivers won dozens of races and back to back championships. Those drivers were Greg’s friends, and two died in racing crashes within a year when he was 6 to 7 years old.
Greg chose racing over college and went to work in his father’s business, staying there for the next 25 years. He worked especially with racing engines and became team manager for such winning drivers as Bobby Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Ricky Rudd and Geoff Bodine until Bud Moore Engineering was sold in 2000. Greg accompanies his father everywhere making personal appearances. His personal recollections of a life that others could only dream of, from childhood to adulthood, give fascinating insight into the world of big-time stock car racing.

About the Author(s)

Greg Moore is the co-host of Droppin‘ the Hammer, a weekly three-hour radio show devoted to local and national auto racing news. He lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Perry Allen Wood is an investigator for Wells Fargo Bank and a noted racing historian. He has written three other McFarland books on stock car racing, appears weekly on Droppin’ the Hammer and lives in Spartanburg.

Bibliographic Details

By Greg Moore with Perry Allen Wood
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 240
Bibliographic Info: 55 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2013
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7288-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0207-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by Leonard Wood 1
Preface by Perry Allen Wood 3
Introduction by Perry Allen Wood 7
One • The Baby 11
Two • Becoming Gregory 19
Three • “Stella, There’s Been a Wreck” 29
Four • Fernwood Farms 33
Five • Good Times Return 37
Six • That First Taste of Racing 48
Seven • Back in NASCAR and Seriously Involved 57
Eight • The Pulpit or the Pits 70
Nine • Changes 83
Ten • Earnhardt 88
Eleven • The Roosters 104
Twelve • Cooking with Crisco 116
Thirteen • Skating Back to the Front 127
Fourteen • The Yankee Speedster 139
Fifteen • Quality Care and the Factory Farewell 156
Sixteen • Wally’s World and Beyond 171
Seventeen • Looking for a Savior 181
Eighteen • Going Once, Going Twice, Sold 192
Nineteen • Moving On 201
Twenty • Closure 207
Bibliography 219
Index 221

Book Reviews & Awards

“from the remembrances of Greg Moore, we get the inside story of the trials and triumphs of an important NASCAR team of the 20th century… entertaining and informative”—SAH Journal; “if you watched racing, any kind of racing, from its infancy and through its hey-day, you’ll appreciate this book”—Antique Automobile.