Larry Thomas (racing driver)
|Born||April 13, 1936|
|Died||January 25, 1965
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career|
|126 races run over 4 years|
|Best finish||8th - 1964 Grand National season|
|First race||1961 Myers Brothers 200 (Bowman-Gray Stadium)|
|Last race||1964 Unnamed Race (Jacksonville Speedway)|
Larry Thomas (April 13, 1936 – January 25, 1965) was a NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup Series) driver from Thomasville, North Carolina. Thomas died in a non-racing related car crash during the start of the 1965 NASCAR season.
Larry Thomas began his racing career in 1956 driving hobby stocks and modifieds at Bowman-Gray Stadium. He began his NASCAR career in 1961 driving for Wade Younts. His best finish was seventh at South Boston Speedway. During the 1962 season, Thomas encountered a significant number of mechanical failures which marred him in seventeenth place in the standings. His 1963 campaign did not fare much better as he ended up twenty-second in the point standings. 1964 was Thomas' breakout season. Though he still suffered quite a few mechanical failures throughout the season, he finished eighth in the final point standings and earned a career-best second place finish at Hickory Speedway. Also in 1964, Thomas was involved in a significant wreck at Jacksonville Speedway when he flipped over the Younts' owned Dodge. Thomas escaped without serious injury.