The legendary driver, who went on to be one of the most successful car owners in NASCAR history, said he couldn’t think of a better place than Martinsville to be grand marshal.
“Martinsville is one of my favorite tracks,” said Johnson. “When I was a driver I kind of had it under my thumb … I either won or blew up.
“Clay Campbell (track president) is a real good friend of mine and his grandfather (track founder H. Clay Earles) was a good friend of mine. They’ve always made it a fun place for me to go.”
“Junior Johnson is legendary in the world of NASCAR. I think to be called ‘The Last American Hero’ is fitting, but also underscores what he meant to NASCAR during his career as a driver,” said Campbell. “His accomplishments as a driver were incredible. His accomplishments as a car owner were nothing short of amazing.
“He helped to make this sport what it is today and this hall of famer is still a most recognizable figure to our fans. We couldn’t be happier to have Junior serve as our Grand Marshal.”
Johnson recorded two wins and eight top-five finishes in just 19 starts at Martinsville Speedway. In a short career Johnson had 50 Sprint Cup wins and 121 top-five finishes. He retired suddenly in 1966 when he was just 35 years old and turned his efforts to fielding cars for other drivers. In 31 years as a car owner, he notched 139 wins and picked up six NASCAR Sprint Cup championships.
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