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Delma Cowart
Delma Cowart (ARCA Racing)

Former ARCA Menards Series driver Delma Cowart passes away at 80

Delma Cowart, who made 17 ARCA Menards Series appearances from 1987-97, passed away Nov. 10, 2021, at the age of 80 after a lengthy illness.

Primarily competing on the superspeedways of Daytona and Talladega, Cowart managed best ARCA Menards Series finishes of 10th twice, both in 1991, at Talladega and Texas World Speedway, in cars fielded by H.L. Waters.

Cowart also championed the ARCA efforts of Dickie Williamson and his nephew Robbie Cowart, each of whom made 20-plus attempts in the series, including Williamson’s best finish of 15th at Texas Motor Speedway in 1998 and Robbie Cowart’s 10th at Charlotte in 2001.

Delma Cowart also made 21 NASCAR Cup Series starts with a best finish of 17th at Daytona in 1982.

A native of Savannah, Georgia, Cowart was a swimming pool construction contractor and was best known for his easygoing, carefree approach toward racing, often reminding that he’d never won a race but never lost a party.