2013 Hall of Honor Sneak Peek – Cotton Owens
Everett “Cotton” Owens got his nickname as a child because of his white hair. Someone called him “Cotton top” and the moniker stuck for the rest of his life. You only had to say “Cotton” and everyone within the sport of NASCAR knew who you were talking about. He was equally talented as a driver, owner and mechanic. Among the most remarkable accomplishments of Owens’ career was his victory in the 1953 Modified-Sportsman race held on Daytona Beach. He set the fastest time to claim the pole for the event which featured the largest starting field in NASCAR history.
A total of 136 cars started the race with a veritable who’s who of the sport participating. Name an early-day driving star and, most likely, he was in the race. Cotton Owens beat the field, all 135 other competitors and he proudly accepted the trophy in victory lane. That trophy will be featured in Owens’ artifact case which will be unveiled on Saturday February 9,2013 in the Hall of Honor.