Cotton Priddy

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Thomas "Cotton" Priddy
Born (1928-08-29)August 29, 1928
Louisville, Kentucky
Died June 10, 1956(1956-06-10) (aged 27)
Rural West Memphis, Arkansas
Cause of death Race-related crash
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
3 races run over 2 years
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)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0

Thomas "Cotton" Priddy was a NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup Series) race car driver from Louisville, Kentucky, USA.[1] He was the driver who died at the Memphis-Arkansas Speedway during a race on June 10, 1956.[1]


Priddy posthumously collected $50 in winnings ($433.72 when considering inflation) from that race.[1] Before that he would race two races in the 1953 season.[1] 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).[1] Earning only a grand total of $125 at the time of his death ($1,084.3 when considering inflation), his earnings were paltry even back in those days.[1]

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.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Cotton Priddy career information at Racing Reference
  2. ^ Cotton Priddy racing information at Driver Averages