Even at 87 years old, it's still hard to keep up with Everett "Cotton" Owens. He still hangs out with friends, racing legends David Pearson and Bud Moore.
"We discuss racing among ourselves like always when we get together," Owens said.
But when he gets a chance, the NASCAR legend parks himself on his favorite couch at home in Spartanburg and watches races. He's also a fan of the Daytona 500.
"It's who really gets a great break, is the one that wins the race," he said.
Back in 1957, he won the Daytona Beach Road Course with a 1957 Pontiac.
"A '57 Pontiac from the factory," he said with a smile.
He later earned the name "King of the Modifiers" which means you could change the make-up of a car but with restrictions.
"I won a lot of races in the modified division and I guess that would be my biggest accomplishment," he said.
He's surrounded by honors and awards and when he watches a race now, It's a proud moment. He's also a nominee for the 2012 NASCAR Hall of Fame class.
"I've accomplished a lot of things I'm proud of," he said.
And even though Owens is no longer behind the wheel, there's no slowing down for Cotton Owens. He continues to live each day as he always has, full speed ahead.
Cotton Owens is also on the list of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers. The 2012 NASCAR Hall of Fame class will be announced in June.
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