Larry Thomas (racing driver)

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Larry Thomas
Born (1936-04-13)April 13, 1936
Died January 25, 1965(1965-01-25)
Monster Energy NASCAR 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)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 56 0

Larry Thomas (April 13, 1936 – January 25, 1965) was a NASCAR Grand National (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) driver from Thomasville, North Carolina. Thomas died in a non-racing related car crash during the start of the 1965 NASCAR season.

Driving career[edit]

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.


Getting ready for the 1965 season, Thomas was driving to a tire test when he drove off Interstate 75 in Georgia and landed in a thirty-five foot embankment killing him instantly.[1]


  1. ^ Another race driver dies

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