NASCAR Hall of Fame team owner Bud Moore, 88, recovering from mild heart attack

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NASCAR Hall of Fame member Walter “Bud” Moore is recovering after suffering a mild heart attack over the weekend.

According to The Charlotte Observer, Moore, 88, is recovering in a hospital near his lifelong home in Spartanburg, S.C.

“He had a procedure done and is doing fine,” Winston Kelley, executive director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, told the Observer. “He will be in the hospital a few days and is expected to be released later this week.”

Moore, who received several honors for his service in World War II, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in its second class in 2011.

He was inducted for his success as a NASCAR team owner and crew chief. Most of his cars were either Pontiac- or Ford-powered and carried the number 15.

Moore spent 37 years as a team owner. In 37 seasons, he and his drivers compiled 63 wins, 298 top-fives, 463 top-10s (nearly half of the 958 total races his teams entered), 43 poles and three NASCAR Grand National championships.

Buck Baker won the Grand National championship in 1957 with Moore as his crew chief.

Buck’s son, Buddy, also raced for Moore and won three straight races at Talladega in 1975 and 1976.

Switching to a team owner in 1961, Moore had almost instantaneous success, particularly with driver Joe Weatherly, who won eight races for Moore in 1961 and then came back to win the 1962 and 1963 Grand National championships.

Tiny Lund won the Grand American division championship racing for Moore in 1968.

Moore expanded his ownership reach past NASCAR and in 1970 owned the team that Parnelli Jones won the Sports Car Club of America Trans-Am championship.

Bobby Allison won the 1978 Daytona 500 with Moore as the team owner.

Other drivers that drove for Moore in his career included the late Fireball Roberts, the late Dale Earnhardt, Darrell Waltrip, Cale Yarborough, David Pearson, Ricky Rudd and Geoff and Brett Bodine.

Moore’s last full season as a team owner was in 1996 with Wally Dallenbach Jr., but he entered seven other races over the next five years before eventually retiring in 2000 and selling his entire operation.

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Lewis Hamilton comes home to Mercedes factory after fourth title

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On Monday, the Formula 1 schedule finally allowed teams to be in Europe before heading to Abu Dhabi for this weekend’s season finale.

And as such, that provided a window for now four-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton to return to the Mercedes AMG Petronas factories in Brackley and Brixworth to be celebrated for taking the driver’s title, as Hamilton an Valtteri Bottas delivered Mercedes its fourth straight constructor’s title.

Hamilton was at Brixworth, the home ofΒ Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) and its highly successful Mercedes-Benz Power Units first before heading to Brackley, where he was welcomed with a “guard of honor” as the entire team came out to greet him.

The champion was overwhelmed at the response and the welcome.

“This a very emotional day. I was not expecting this, thanks everyone for the warm welcome,” he said. “Today is something that I will never forget, turning up at the front gate of the factory and seeing everyone out on the street to welcome me – I’m blown away.

“This has been an incredible year, it’s been an incredible journey together. There’s a huge amount of respect and appreciation I have for everyone. I’ve been in the sport for a long time now, but to see the work ethic in Brixworth and Brackley really inspires me. Every time I come around, I see everyone operating at 100%, which encourages me to bring my best performance.

“Thank you all for helping me achieve my dreams, it would not have been possible without you. This is the best championship year, because we’ve been fighting another team and because we’ve had the difficulties and challenges we’ve had – that just makes it so much greater.”

A social roundup of images and videos are below, all via Hamilton and the Mercedes team on social media.