Robert "Bob" A. Cotton

May 20, 2023


Tamworth, NH 

Robert ‘Bob’ A. Cotton Sr., 75, of Tamworth N.H., passed away early Saturday morning, May 20th, 2023. He was a family man, a hard-working jack of all trades, and a true New England racer.

Bob began his racing career on the dirt of Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, residing and raising his three children in Kezar Falls. It didn’t take long to earn a reputation at the tracks with his competitive nature, grit, and passion for the sport. Throughout the years, he quickly established himself as a well-respected, and highly decorated driver all across New England tracks and series including Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Star Speedway, Bryar Motorsports Park (now New Hampshire Motor Speedway), Lee U.S.A. Speedway, White Mountain Motorsports Park, and so many more.

His biggest achievement in racing was off-track. Bob was the center and heart of a dedicated racing family. Bob held the most pride in celebrating his children’s’, grandchildren’s’, and great-grandchildren’s every achievement. He danced at the championship banquets of his daughter and his grandson and celebrated every milestone his Cotton girls conquered. From the stands of his great-grandsons first go-kart race, to the stands of his granddaughters’ graduations and recitals, he was the loudest fan in every crowd. He was our champion every day.

Known as one of the strongest, most hardworking, and competitive spirits in the race world, Bob carried a heart of the most generous, friendly, and selfless kind. He cherished conversations with every friend he made along his way, often trailing behind us getting caught up to chat. He recognized the value of a good meal with even better company, and often could be found at a steakhouse every Friday night with the ones he loved.

Bob often quoted ‘if I die tomorrow, I lived a good life.’ He truly meant those words. A life full of family, friends, racing, and love – he knew he had it all. Crossing his final finish line of life, we know two of his biggest fans, his father, Clayton, and his son, Robbie, were waiting for his embrace in victory lane.

Bob’s legacy will forever live on through all the lives he touched and through stories and laughs to forever be shared. His children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, friends, loved ones, competitors, and the racing community at large will carry on his passion for racing, his devotion for family, and his love of life. His mentorship and wisdom will shine through every Davis Chassis Works set up and build to come out of the garage and his unmatched pride will be felt in all of our hearts.

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