Dick Bown, a native of Portland, Oregon, began his stock-car racing career that would set records and win multiple championships in the early 1950’s, joining such well-established Pacific Northwest stars as Art “Pappy” Watts, Harold Beal, Carl Joiner, Johnny Kieper and Kuzie Kuzmanich.
For years Bown ran everything from the old ELSCAN series in the Northwest to NASCAR’s Pacific Coast Late Model Circuit today, known as the Winston West Series.
Dick Bown was virtually unstoppable in the late 60’s and early 70’s.
After OAEA and ELSCAN titles in the 60’s, and a win and 7th place finish in the 1969 NASCAR West points championship, Dick Bown decided to focus on the Winston West Series in 1070, reducing his Northwest Super Stock program to higher profile events. Racing a brand new 1970 hemi-powered Plymouth Superbird he finished third in points in 1970 and 1972.