skip navigation

Junior Johnson 1982

NASCAR driver and owner. Got his start running moonshine near home in Wilkes County. Began racing in the mid-1950s. Won 50 races in career, 13 races in 1965. First racer to win at each of the four original superspeedways: Darlington, Daytona, Charlotte, and Atlanta. Won Daytona 500 and Coca-Cola 600, 1960. Hard driver. Motto “Go til you blow.” Fan favorite. Became successful stock car owner after retiring in 1966. Immortalized as “The Last American Hero” by Tom Wolfe in 1965 Esquire magazine article. Member Stock Car Hall of Fame. Born 1931, Ingle Hollow.





North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame's website is hosted by SportsEngine. All online payments or electronic forms on our website will be processed through SportsEngine's secure server. Click their logo below for more information on SportsEngine.