Born: June 28, 1931
Home: Ronda, NC
2010 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee
Robert Glenn Johnson Jr., better known as Junior Johnson, was born on June 28, 1931 in Wilkes County, North Carolina. He grew up on a farm and developed his driving skills running moonshine as a young man. In 1953, Johnson gave up running moonshine for the more lucrative career of being a stock car driver.
However in 1956, federal tax agents found Johnson working at his father’s moonshine still and arrested him. Junior served 11 months of his 2 year sentence, returning to NASCAR in 1958. Later in 1986, President Ronald Reagan granted Johnson a presidential pardon.
Jr. Johnson ran in 313 races during his 14 year driving career, compiling a total of 50 Wins, 148 Top Tens and 46 Poles.
As a team owner, Junior worked with some of the legendary NASCAR drivers such as Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Bobby Allison, Darel Dieringer, LeeRoy Yarbrough, Bill Elliott, Jimmy Spencer, Neil Bonnett, Geoffrey Bodine, Sterling Marlin and Terry Labonte.
His drivers won 139 races and six Winston Cup Championships…three with Yarborough (1976-78) and three with Waltrip (1981-82, 1985).
Junior Johnson was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on May 23, 2010