Everett "Cotton" Owens was a fixture in the auto-racing world from 1950 to 1973 as both a driver and owner. During the 1950s, he won more than 100 modified races, earning him the moniker "King of the Modifieds."He had nine victories in NASCAR's premier series, now called the Sprint Cup. Some of racing's biggest names drove his racecars, including, David Pearson (2011 Hall of Fame inductee), Buddy Baker, Ralph Earnhardt, Junior Johnson (2010 Hall of Fame inductee) and Mario Andretti. NASCAR named Owens one of its 50 greatest drivers of all time to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 1998 and nominated him as a possible inductee for the 2012 NASCAR Hall of Fame. It's an impressive career and one that begins with auto salvage.