Robert Glenn “Junior” Johnson is unique in NASCAR history, with tremendous success both as a driver and a car owner.
- Inducted: 2010
The Last American Hero
Junior Johnson won 50 races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series then surprised many by retiring from driving to become an owner.
As an owner, Johnson never missed a beat; through the years, his drivers won 132 races. There also were six series championships produced with Cale Yarborough (1976-78) and Darrell Waltrip (1981-82, ’85).
Named one of NASCAR’s “50 Greatest Drivers” in 1998, Johnson resided in Wilkesboro, N.C., and remained one of the sport’s most enduring—and endearing—personalities until his passing.
Junior Johnson won the second Daytona 500 in 1960 and a 125-mile Daytona 500 qualifying race in 1963. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
As a team owner, Junior Johnson won six NASCAR premier series championships. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
NA former moonshine runner from Wilkes County, N.C., Junior Johnson won 50 NASCAR premier series races as a driver. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.