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From Running Whiskey to Racing Cars


With Scotch-Irish ancestry, familiarity with whiskey – especially making it – has always been in his blood. It was a family tradition, dating back to when one of his great-grandfathers came to Wilkes County in the 1600s.

Junior Johnson’s father was a lifelong bootlegger, and as a result, he spent 20 of his 63 years in prison. Heck, Junior even spent a year there himself for having a still.

But he was never caught hauling moonshine. Instead, he took his driving skills to the track and established a reputation as a top NASCAR driver … a legend in two worlds.

Ron Smith, S&A Communications

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