Larry Mann
Birthplace: Yonkers, New York
Born: Unknown
Died: September 14, 1952
Cause of Death: Pulmonary hemorrhage, massive head wounds after crash
Awards: None
NASCAR Cup statistics
6 races run over 1 years.
Best Cup Position: N/A
First Race: 1952 - 9th race of season (Langhorne)
Last Race: 1952 - 27th race of season (Langhorne)
First Win: -
Last Win: -
Wins Top Tens Poles
0 0 0

Larry Mann (Unknown - September 14, 1952) was an American stock car driver. He was born in Yonkers, New York, although the exact birth date is unknown. Mann was the first driver to be killed in a NASCAR Grand National race; he died from a pulmonary hemorrhage caused by a crash at Langhorne Speedway.

NASCAR careerEdit

Mann's Grand National career would be tragically short. He participated in only six races in the 1952 season. Overall, after his appearance in the 9th race of the season, Mann began racing more commonly after the 19th race, appearing in every other event; his best finish (11th) came at Monroe County Fairgrounds in Rochester, New York.


Mann was killed during the 27th race of the 1952 season, which had been taking place in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. On the 211th lap, he crashed through a fence at the track, thereby flipping his Hudson Hornet. After being rushed to a hospital in nearby Nazareth, he died in the evening of a pulmonary hemorrhage and massive head wounds. Mann had been defying a superstition among NASCAR drivers by painting his vehicle green.[1]

Mann would become the first of three drivers to be killed at Langhorne within five years; Frank Arford and John McVitty also perished while racing at the track in 1954 and 1956, respectively. He is believed to have been the tenth driver to die as a result of racing at the track.

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