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DAYTONA BEACH 1955
• Took first in the 1960 Daytona 500, one of 50 NASCAR races he won during his 14-year career as a driver
• As a car owner, ranks second in alltime victories (139)
• Won a total of six series championships as an owner, with Cale Yarborough ('76-78) and Darrell Waltrip ('81-82, '85)
Described in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED as a "big broth of a fat boy" after winning the second Daytona 500, Johnson was a hard-nosed driver who learned to race on the back roads of North Carolina while running moonshine for his father. Junior spent nearly a year in prison on bootlegging charges before returning to racing at the end of the '57 season. (President Reagan pardoned him in '85.) He won a series-high 13 races (tied with Ned Jarrett) in '65, the same year he was featured in a Tom Wolfe Esquire article titled "The Last American Hero Is Junior Johnson. Yes!" Two years later Johnson began his even more successful career as a full-time owner.
BILL FRANCE JR. & SR.
DAYTONA BEACH 1958 (JR.), 1959 (SR.)