Frank Mundy, a
former NASCAR and AAA competitor in the late 1940 and early '50s,
has died in Atlanta. Mundy, born Francisco Eduardo Menendez, was 91
and is survived by his wife, Mae.
Also known by the
nickname "Rebel", which he sometimes signed as a middle name, Mundy
competed in more than 50 NASCAR events from 1949 to 1956, earning
three wins - at Columbia, S.C., Martinsville, Va., and Mobile, Ala.
He also won four poles and recorded 24 top-10 finishes. He was the
1955 champion in the American Automobile Association.
Mundy is often
remembered for driving a Studebaker, but the Georgia driver was also
associated with the powerful Chryslers organization of Mercury
Marine owner Carl Kiekhaefer, widely regarded as NASCAR's first
big-spending, mega-team owner.
Indianapolis 500 figure Tony Bettenhausen drove Keikhaefer's cars in
American Automobile Association races before the multimillionaire
turned his attention to NASCAR in the mid-1950s. Mundy, Tim Flock,
and Buck Baker were among his drivers in the growing stock car