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FOR THE RECORD
June 18, 2012
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June 18, 2012

For The Record

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At 88 of lung cancer, former NASCAR driver and owner Cotton Owens (left), just two weeks after his election to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. As a driver Owens dominated the modified car circuit, won nine races in what is now the Sprint Cup series and just missed out on the 1959 championship, to Lee Petty. As an owner who liked to build his own cars and engines, he fielded machines that won 38 races and 33 pole positions in 405 starts from '50 through '73, driven by the likes of David Pearson, Ralph Earnhardt, Junior Johnson and Mario Andretti. Pearson won the '66 Cup title in Owens's Dodge—two years after Owens, to prove that he could beat his driver, had come out of retirement to race Pearson at Richmond. He was right. They finished one-two.

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