|Thomas "Cotton" Priddy|
August 29, 1928|
|Died||June 10, 1956
Rural West Memphis, Arkansas
|Cause of death||Race-related crash|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career|
|3 race(s) run over 2 year(s)|
|Best finish||131st - 1953 NASCAR Grand National season|
|First race||1953 untitled race (Daytona Beach Road Course)|
|Last race||1956 untitled race (Memphis-Arkansas Speedway)|
Thomas "Cotton" Priddy was a NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup Series) race car driver from Louisville, Kentucky, USA. He was the driver who died at the Memphis-Arkansas Speedway during a race on June 10, 1956.
Priddy posthumously collected $50 in winnings ($422.22 in today's money) from that race. Before that he would race two races in the 1953 season. With zero victories, zero finishes in the top five, and zero finishes in the top ten, Priddy had only seventy-three laps of experience - the equivalent of 200.5 miles (322.7 km). Earning only a grand total of $125 at the time of his death ($1,055.54 in today's money), his earnings were paltry even back in those days.
Priddy's best finishes were on road courses with an average finish of 20th place while dirt tracks would be his Achilles heel with an average finish of 28th place.