Larry Frank

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Larry Frank
Born (1929-04-29)April 29, 1929
West Virginia, United States
Died January 5, 2010(2010-01-05) (aged 80)
Greenville, South Carolina, USA
Cause of death Lymphoma
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
103 races run over 11 years
Best finish 14th (1962)
First race 1956 Old Dominion 400 (Martinsville)
Last race 1966 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
First win 1962 Southern 500 (Darlington)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 32 0

Larry Frank (April 29, 1929 – January 5, 2010)[1] was an American NASCAR Grand National (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) driver. He is best known for winning the 1962 Southern 500.[2]

Career[edit]

Born in West Virginia,[3] Frank was known as a resident of Indianapolis, Indiana. He began racing motorcycles and subsequently moved up to sprint cars and midget cars. Frank made 38 starts in the 47-event 1956 NASCAR Convertible Series. On October 28, 1956, Frank made his debut in the NASCAR Grand National Division in the Old Dominion 400 at Martinsville, Virginia driving Lonnie Fish’s No. 76 Chevrolet finishing 38th after losing oil pressure on lap 77. In 1957 Frank spent most of his time competing in the Convertible Series racing in all but one race. Frank also made four starts in the NASCAR Grand National Division during the 1957 season driving Fish’s No. 76 Chevrolet. His best finish of the season was 13th at Langhorne Speedway. In the 1958 NASCAR Grand National Division, Frank competed in 11 events. He finished third in the Nashville 200, recording one top-five and four top-tens. Over the next few years Frank had average runs in both the Grand National and the Convertible series. The high point of Frank's career occurred in 1962 when he qualified 10th for the Southern 500. He led 85 laps and lapped the entire field finishing the race with two blown tires. After a scoring issue, Junior Johnson was declared the winner. Frank filed a protest and after a review he was declared the winner of the Southern 500.[2] The car number for this win was No. 66, as of 2014 Frank is the only driver to win a Grand National/Monster Energy Cup race using this number.[4] In 1966 Frank decided it was time to call it quits. He subsequently opened Larry Frank’s Auto Body Shop in Greenville, South Carolina,[2] operating it with his wife Margaret.[5]

Off-track life and death[edit]

Frank had served in the United States Marine Corps, and was also a Golden Gloves boxer.[3] In 2009 Frank was diagnosed with lymphoma. He died on January 5, 2010 at his home in Greenville, South Carolina.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://racing-reference.info/driver/Larry_Frank Larry Frank Racing Reference Stats
  2. ^ a b c http://insiderracingnews.com/Writers/AM/011910.html
  3. ^ a b c "Larry Frank Obituary". The Greenville News. Greenville, SC. January 6, 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-01-06. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  4. ^ "Sprint Cup Series Wins by Car Number". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. February 18, 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Margaret Frank Obituary". The Greenville News. Greenville, SC. September 30, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 

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