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Marty Robbins

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Robbins' cars were built and maintained by [[Cotton Owens]]. They were painted two-toned magenta and chartreuse, usually carrying car number 42 (though 6, 22, and 777 were also used). Over the years, he ran a few makes and models ([[Plymouth (automobile)|Plymouth]]s, [[Dodge]]s or [[Ford Motor Company|Fords]]) before buying a 1972-bodied [[Dodge Charger]] from Owens. Robbins had 6 top-ten finishes as well as a few major wrecks during the 1970s, and he had Owens rebuild the car to update the sheet metal to the 1973–1974 Charger specifications, and then finally 1978 [[Dodge Magnum]] sheet metal, which he raced till the end of 1980. Robbins' final NASCAR race car was a 1981 [[Buick Regal]] that he rented and drove in a few races in 1981 and 1982.
 
In 1972, at the [[1972 Talladega 500|Talladega 500]] Robbins stunned the competition by turning laps that were 15&nbsp;mph faster than his qualifying time. After the race, NASCAR tried to bestow the Rookie of the Race award, but he would not accept it. He had knocked the NASCAR-mandated restrictors out of his [[carburetor]] and admitted he "just wanted to see what it was like to run up front for once."<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.cottonowens.com/drivers/Marty_Robbins.php |title=Cotton Owens Garage - Drivers |publisher=Cotton Owens Garage and Stratatomic LLC |date= |accessdate=2015-08-17}}</ref>
 
Robbins is credited with possibly saving [[Richard Childress]]' life at the 1974 Charlotte 500 by deliberately crashing into a wall rather than t-bone Childress's car that was stopped across the track.<ref>{{cite web|title=Marty Robbins Saves Life of NASCAR's Richard Childress|url=http://www.savingcountrymusic.com/marty-robbins-saves-life-of-nascars-richard-childress|publisher=savingcountrymusic.com|accessdate=2013-09-11}}</ref>