He never won a race, but that didn’t stop independent driver Delma Cowart from having fun.
Cowart died November 10, 2021 at the age of 80. His daughter reported the death but gave no cause of death.
Speaking on his career, Cowart once told the Associated Press, “I never won a race, but I never lost a party.” A swimming pool contractor by trade, for Cowart racing was a hobby.
In his 17 year career Cowart only ran 21 races while either withdrew or failed to qualify for 61. Often driving the number zero car, Cowart’s best finish was 17th in the Firecracker 400 at Daytona in 1982. Cowart was a part of four Daytona 500 races.
He retired from racing in 1998 telling the AP, “I’m a dinosaur. There ain’t no room for guys like me no more. To me, racing was a hobby. You gotta be professional now.”
Cowart was born July 6, 1941 in Savannah, Georgia.
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