Frank Christian: Hall of Famer, Pioneer.

Frank Christian is one of five men who will be inducted into the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame on December 13, 2013.  Due to this distinction, it is fitting to provide a brief overview of the impression Christian left on racing.

Frank Christian made an impact in NASCAR as a competitor and an owner.  According to Wikipedia, Christian was a “pioneer” who paved the way for the big NASCAR racing teams of today.  He was married to Sara Christian.  Sara was the first female driver in the history of NASCAR.

As a competitor, Frank Christian racked up 22 victories.  As an owner, Christian employed skilled racers such as Buck Baker, Fonty Flock, and Speedy Thompson.  Christian owned NASCAR stock cars from 1949-1955. Georgia Racing History notes that Frank Christian was the promoter of the inaugural stock car event at Lakewood Speedway in November, 1938.

During his successful career in racing, Frank Christian made over $81,000, equivalent to over $690,000 today.  His hometown named a street in his honor, as Frank Christian Road is located in Dahlonega, Georgia.

Visit the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame for more information.

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Frank Christian with his wife Sara. Photo courtesy of the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.

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