Nicknamed the “King of the Modifieds”, Everett ‘Cotton’ Owens has more than 100 NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour races wins under his belt, even before he moved onto the NASCAR Cup Series. He was also the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion in 1953 and 1954.
Owens raced for the NASCAR Cup Series for the first time in 1950, at the Daytona Beach Road Course. He finished 13th in point standings that season. Owens set a record of sorts with at least one series win for six consecutive years, from 1957 till 1962. In the 1960 season, Owens clinched three race wins, all in his home state of South Carolina. 1959, was by far Cotton Owens most successful season. He had two race wins, accumulated 22 top-10 finishes, though 37 starts and also finished second in the points standings, with Lee Petty clinched the first position.
Apart from a successful driver, Owens was also popular as a car owner, and got several big names to drive for him, including Junior Johnson, Mario Andretti, Bobby Isaac and many others. In all Owens career includes 41 races wins and 38 pole position in 487 races.