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Junior Johnson | Class of 2010

April 10, 2013, NASCAR.com

Junior Johnson  | Class of 2010
NASCAR Hall of Fame member

Robert Glenn "Junior" Johnson is unique in NASCAR history, with tremendous success both as a driver and a car owner.

(b. 6-28-31)

Hometown: Ronda, N.C.

Competed: 1953-66

Starts: 313

Wins: 50

Poles: 46

Johnson won the second annual Daytona 500 in 1960 and in the process, became credited with the discovery of "drafting" on the massive superspeedways. He won 50 races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series then surprised many people by retiring from driving to become an owner. As a competitor, 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).

Johnson was immortalized in the epic 1965 Esquire Magazine story on NASCAR, written by acclaimed author Thomas Wolfe.

"The Last American Hero Is Junior Johnson Yes!" romanticized Johnson’s moonshine-running roots and glorified his accomplishments in NASCAR. Both aims were true, creating a larger-than-life caricature of a colorful man.

Named one of NASCAR’s "50 Greatest Drivers" in 1998, Johnson resides in Wilkesboro, N.C., and remains one of the sport’s most enduring -- and endearing -- personalities.

 

 

 

 

 
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Statistics
Year Age Races Win Top 5 Top 10 Pole Laps Led AvSt AvFn RAF Miles LLF
1953 22 1 of 37 0 0 0 0 222 0 26.0 38.0 0 303.3 0
1954 23 4 of 37 0 1 1 1 535 0 0.3 26.0 2 364.8 0
1955 24 36 of 45 5 12 18 2 4815 790 7.2 12.2 18 3267.8 6
1956 25 13 of 56 0 1 1 1 1131 60 10.8 21.1 2 944.1 1
1957 26 1 of 53 0 0 0 0 102 0 11.0 20.0 0 63.8 0
1958 27 27 of 51 6 12 16 0 4244 317 8.1 12.0 17 3073.6 8
1959 28 28 of 44 5 14 15 1 4433 166 12.7 10.9 18 2816.0 6
1960 29 34 of 44 3 14 18 3 5096 320 9.6 14.2 19 3936.7 7
1961 30 41 of 52 7 16 22 10 7016 2365 6.8 12.1 21 5405.9 10
1962 31 23 of 53 1 7 8 2 3663 648 6.1 17.6 8 3297.7 4
1963 32 33 of 55 7 13 14 9 5671 2396 4.2 14.4 12 4867.8 10
1964 33 29 of 62 3 12 15 5 6298 1116 5.3 12.1 13 4662.3 4
1965 34 36 of 55 13 18 19 9 7144 3998 3.3 11.4 17 5236.2 14
1966 35 7 of 49 0 1 1 3 1813 467 5.7 16.0 1 1216.0 0
14 years   313 50 121 148 46 52183 12643 8.4 17.0 148 39456.0 70

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