NASCAR Hall of Fame selection Cotton Owens passes away

Nick Bromberg

Cotton Owens, who was recently voted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 88.

Owens found success both as a driver and an owner. He scored Pontiac's first NASCAR victory in 1957 and as an owner he hired Junior Johnson, and later, David Pearson. Pearson won 27 races driving for Owens, as well as the 1966 season championship.

In 1970, Buddy Baker was the first driver to break 200 MPH in a NASCAR event when he did it at Talladega in Owens' car.

Our condolences go out to the Owens family. Owens will be officially enshrined in the NASCAR Hall of Fame on February 8.