Cotton Owens was an owner/driver in NASCAR for years before he focused solely on his ownership role. He won races as both and took Hall of Famer David Pearson to a title. Here are five reasons he is a Hall of Famer.
Chasing a dream
Owens won more than 100 modified races and the 1953 and ’54 titles on the circuit.
In addition to winning a championship, Owens (left, with Darlington's Chris Browning) produced a string of top cars with some of the best in the business behnid the wheel. His 32 wins included victories by Junior Johnson, Buddy Baker, Glenn “Fireball” Roberts, Mario Andretti, Al Unser, Ralph Earnhardt and David Pearson.
Owens came close to his own driving title, finishing second in the 1959 standings.
Owens posted an impressive career as a driver in his own right. He drove in 160 Cup races, winning nine times. He posted 84 top-10 finishes, 52 of them top fives.
As an owner, Owens reached the pinnacle of racing when he earned the 1966 NASCAR Cup title with David Pearson behind the wheel. The pair were on a tear that season. In 44 starts, they won 15 races with 33 top-10 finishes, 26 of them top fives.