Cotton Owens signs veteran driver Jim Paschal to drive his Dodges for 1964. From Spartanburg Herald .
From Ray Lamm collection
Paschal is shown here in Cotton's Dodge racing A.J. Foyt in Banjo Matthews Ford. From Ray Lamm collection .
Paschal raced nine times for Cotton in the early part of the 1964 season IN 1964. (He didn't race for him as the season began in 1963 as he was still driving a part-time schedule for the Pettys.) The pair had a pretty good run together with six top 10s in the nine starts - and only one finish outside of the top 20 (a 21st at Martinsville).
By late April, however, a shuffling of driver seats began to take shape - a Springtime Silly Season. On May 1, the Herald reported Paschal was leaving Cotton's team to return to the 2nd Petty Plymouth again. Paschal's move turned out to be a good one for him and the Pettys as Jim won the World 600 in only his 2nd race back with the team.
Paschal replaced Buck Baker who moved to Ray Fox's team replacing Junior Johnson. Junior had been hired by Holman-Moody. When all the movement stopped, Larry Thomas found himself in the driver's seat of Cotton's second Dodge that had been vacated by Paschal.
Schaefer: It's not just for racing anymore.
updated by @tmc-chase: 12/23/19 08:39:44AM