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<pre> Waltrip/Johnson and Classic Bud #11 Car to Attend Goodwood Festival of Speed

Robert "Junior" Johnson


Birth date: June 28, 1931 Wife: Lisa Birthplace: Ronda, N.C. Children: Robert Glenn III, Meredith Residence: Hamptonville, N.C. </pre> Junior Johnson honed his racing skills while working in the family businessrunning moonshine whiskey on the back roads of rural North Carolinabeginning at the age of 14. Junior would later spend a year in jail for his involvement in the moonshining operation, but received a full unconditional pardon from President Reagan in 1985. That minor setback did not stop him from becoming the NASCAR legend celebrated as "The Last American Hero" by novelist Tom Wolfe, or from winning 50 races, which places him 8th all time on the Winston Cup winner's list. It's that same fearless attitude and courageous behavior learned at home that helped him transfer his talent to the racetrack.

As a team owner, Johnson produced more victories than any other man. His cars won 119 races, six Winston Cup Series championships and have been driven by some of NASCAR's greatest competitors: Fred Lorenzen, Curtis Turner, Lee Roy Yarbrough, Bobby Allison, Terry Labonte, Geoff Bodine, and Winston Cup Champions Cale Yarborough and Darrell Waltrip.

The #11 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo on display at the 2001 Goodwood Festival of Speed was owned by Junior Johnson and driven by Darrell Waltrip for the 1985 Winston Cup Series Championship and for the inaugural running of The Winston all-star race, also in 1985. <pre> Milestones:

Inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association's Hall of Fame in 1973 Inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1990 Inducted into Charlotte Motor Speedway's Court of Legend in 1996 Inducted into Bristol Motor Speedway's Heroes of Bristol Hall of Fame in 1997 Named greatest NASCAR driver of all time by Sports Illustrated in 1998

Career highlights:

First Winston Cup race: Southern 500 at Darlington, S.C. in 1953 First Winston Cup victory: May 18, 1958 North Wilkesboro Winner of the 2nd annual Daytona 500 in 1960 Won 13 NASCAR races in 1965 Won 50 (Grand National) NASCAR races (first all-time, tied with Ned Jarrett) Last Winston Cup race: American 500 at Rockingham, N.C. in 1966

Career Statistics:

Starts Wins Poles Top 5's Top 10's 313 50 47 121 14

Laps Laps Led Races Led Miles Winnings 51,988 12,651 138 38,054 $301,871

-GM Racing_

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Series Automotive , Vintage
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Terry Labonte , Ned Jarrett , Junior Johnson , Bobby Allison , Cale Yarborough , Fred Lorenzen