Norman "Moose" Pearah, left, with NHRA founder Wally Parks
Legendary dragstrip promoter Norman “Moose” Pearah, one of the most colorful personalities in the sport who operated State Capitol Dragway in Baton Rouge, La.; Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; and Memphis Motorsports Park in Tennessee, among others, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 6, after falling at his home in Cross Roads, Texas. He was 74.
A native of Crossett, Ark., Pearah was an accomplished football player who attended the University of Oklahoma, where he was a 6-6 defensive end, before signing a professional contract with the Philadelphia Eagles.
After knee surgery brought his pro career to a premature end, Pearah turned to racing and, in 1969, purchased Harmon Dragway in Louisiana. He also operated Southern Dragway at Houma, La.; LaPlace Dragway in LaPlace, La.; and Houston International Raceway in Dickinson, Texas.
Pearah promoted the now defunct NHRA Cajun Nationals that was contested in Baton Rouge, the NHRA Sports Nationals in Houston, the NHRA Southern Nationals in Atlanta, and the NHRA Mid-South Nationals in Memphis. He is member of the Division 4 NHRA Hall of Fame.
After leaving the racetrack business 1991 and moving to Texas, Pearah expanded his cash-for-car-titles business that today operates as Texas Title Loans. His oldest son, Todd, became a partner in the business in 2001. Pearah also had opened a Cajun-style restaurant called Bubba B’s that he had planned to expand to small towns across north Texas.
Pearah is survived by his wife, Patrys, son Todd, and four other children.
(Story courtesy of Steve Earwood and Competition Plus)