August 11, 1926 |
Lambertville, New Jersey
|Awards||1952 NASCAR modified champion|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career|
|27 race(s) run over 7 year(s)|
|Best finish||20th - 1957 Grand National Series season|
|First race||1949 untitled race at Hamburg Speedway|
|First win||1958 untitled race at Old Dominion Speedway|
|Last win||1958 untitled race at Old Dominion Speedway|
Frankie Schneider (born August 11, 1926) of Lambertville, New Jersey was a stock car, modified, midget, and sprint car racer. He had one NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup) victory at Old Dominion Speedway in 1958 driving a 1957 Chevrolet. He also won the 1952 NASCAR modified title, where it is suspected that he scored at least 100 wins. Frankie Schneider earned his nickname "The Old Master" through his ability to master anything with wheels.
Schneider began his career in 1947 by winning $70 ($739.33 in today's money) for driving his street car to a seventh place at Flemington Speedway. Schneider is believed to have won at least 750 races in the next thirty years. He routinely raced in several classes at eight races per week. He reportedly scored at least 100 wins again in 1958. Schneider won the Langhorne National Open, the country's top event for Sportsman and Modified racers, in 1954 and 1962. He scored his last feature win in 1977 at the 1/2-mile dirt track Nazareth Speedway. He has competed in almost all 50 states as well as other countries. He still occasionally races at Orange County Fair in a Modified. He was recently voted driver of the century by Area Auto Racing News.
Schneider's career is the subject of the video "The Old Master: Frankie Schneider".
- nascar.com article on NJ drivers
- Biography at legendsofnascar.com, Retrieved July 20, 2007
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- "The Old Master, the Frankie Schneider Story" The Old Master