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Son of NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee to Race in 2010
Feb 15, 2010 - updated Feb 15th, 2010 3:58pm
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February 3, 2010
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Picture: (left to right) Javier Herrera, Junior Johnson, Robert Johnson, Steve Johnson, Ed Berrier and Will Spencer
Son of NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee to Race in 2010
Robert Johnson Continues the Family Legacy
Lexington, NC – Almost
44 years after retiring from driving, NASCAR legend, Junior Johnson
will watch from the pits as his son takes the green flag. Robert Glen
Johnson III will run the full UARA schedule as well as five Whelen All
American Series late model events this season with Junior Johnson &
Junior Johnson, nicknamed “The Last
American Hero” emerged as one of the great competitors in NASCAR during
the 1950s and 1960s. Credited with discovering drafting, Junior won 50
NASCAR races before retiring in 1966. He later became a team owner in
the 1970s and 1980s, under his own banner of Junior Johnson &
Associates, working with several NASCAR notables such as Cale
Yarborough and Darrell Waltrip.
In May, Junior will be one of five
members of the first class inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. This
is certain to be a special time for Junior and the Johnson family as he
is honored by the NASCAR Hall of Fame and watches his son race in his
first full season of late model racing.
“The pride I feel as a member of the
NASCAR Hall of Fame comes from recognition of what I have done in my
racing career. With Robert, the pride comes from simply being a
father. I admire my son’s initiative and ambition as he begins what I
am sure will be a successful venture, especially one in racing, which
has been my life. I am also proud to be a part of it and to share it
with him” said Junior.
Robert, 16, will drive the number 11
Chevrolet Impala and will use Earnhardt- Childress Racing engines. He
will adorn the updated Junior Johnson & Associates logo on his
firesuit. The team logo from his father’s days as team owner has been
updated with a more modern look for the 2010 season and will certainly
carry some nostalgia from the “good ‘ole days” of racing.
Standing at six feet four inches tall,
Robert has the build of a basketball player. However, it is racing
that runs in his blood and that has captured the interest of this young
man. He began practicing at dirt tracks with his father in 2008 and in
May of 2009 entered his first race at Caraway Speedway and won.
Robert ran several other races at the speedway and finished the season
with 13 starts, 5 wins and 10 top-5 finishes.
Robert is currently a sophomore at Forsyth Country Day in Lewisville, NC and will work to balance his school work and racing.
“Aside from looking forward to the high
level of competition I’m sure I’ll face, I think what I anticipate most
is progress. If the Carolina Carports team and I always take steps
forward, then we are doing it right. I didn’t take this lightly. I
know that to combine school and racing is a daunting challenge, but
with the help of my family and my team, I know I can meet it. I’ve
never accepted less than my best in my education and that’s the way it
will be in racing” said Robert.
Carolina Carports, Inc., founded by
Javier Herrera in Dobson, NC will continue their sponsorship of Robert
this season. The company manufactures metal products by using the
newest technology as well as engineered expertise and up-scale
machinery. They specialize in carports, garages, RV carports, barns
and other custom projects. Their support will be instrumental in the
development of the team this season.
Steve Johnson, Sales Manager for
Carolina Carports looks forward to the continued partnership with
Robert and Junior. “We had good success last year with Robert. Having
legitimate people like Robert and Junior endorse our products is
important. They can relate to our customers.”
Junior Johnson & Associates will
operate out of JKS Motorsports in Lexington, NC. JKS has been
providing services in the motorsports industry for 27 years. They
facilitate for marketing companies, teams, sponsors and manufacturers.
Will Spencer, president and founder of JKS, has been involved in NASCAR
for many years and has worked with Junior and others to provide this
opportunity for Robert.
“We all feel it is a great opportunity
to provide this service to Junior Johnson and his son, to continue the
Johnson family legacy” said Spencer.
The 74,000 sqft facility offers ample
space for a team to operate and can facilitate for the team by
preparing cars, providing support and helping with activation and any
promotional needs at the events.
Ed Berrier and long-time friend of
Spencer will run the day-to-day operations as well as crew chief for
the team. Berrier raced in several divisions of NASCAR in the late
1980’s, 1990’s and early 2000’s including the NASCAR Nationwide and
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He has since worked with developmental
drivers to prepare them for a career in racing.
This season, the group will work
together to provide an avenue for Robert to make a name for himself in
racing. They look forward to preparing him for a long career in
motorsports and continuing the Johnson family legacy.
About Junior Johnson & Associates, LLC
The Junior Johnson & Associates team
name will return to the motorsports arena this year to field a car for
Robert Johnson, son of legendary NASCAR driver Junior Johnson. Robert
will run the full UARA schedule as well as five Whelen All American
Series events in his first full season of late model racing. He began
testing on dirt tracks near his home in Hamptonville, NC with his
father in 2008. In May of 2009, he entered his first late model race
at Caraway Speedway and took first place. He competed in several other
events at the speedway last year ending the season with 13 starts, 5
wins and 10 top-5 finishes. Carolina Carports, Inc. will continue
their sponsorship into 2010.
For more information please visit www.JuniorJohnsonAssociates.com.
About Carolina Carports, Inc,
Founded in 1997, Carolina Carports, Inc.
manufactures metal products by using the newest technology as well as
engineered expertise and up-scaled machinery. Their services include
building carports, garages, RV carports, barns and other custom
projects. The company is headquartered in Dobson, NC, but has
manufacturing and sales divisions located throughout the United
States. Carolina Carports, Inc. commitment to product quality and
excellence in customer service is the driving force behind their growth
For more information please visit www.carolinacarportsinc.com.
About JKS Motorsports
JKS Motorsports is a family owned and
operated business. For more than 25 years, JKS has been providing the
best quality services and products to its clients. Their partners
include the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR
Craftsman Truck Series as well as the PGA Tour and numerous other
corporate event sponsors and clients. JKS facilitates for marketing
companies, teams, sponsors and manufacturers. From sponsor related
mobile displays, custom authentic show cars and show car program
management, at-track support, mobile logistics and management, and
custom signage from banners, flags, displays to billboards – they do it
For more information please visit www.jksmotorsports.com.
Date Location Series
March 13 Hickory UARA
March 27 Kingsport UARA
April 3 Dillon UARA
April 16 Tri-County UARA
May 15 Rockingham UARA
May 29 Newport UARA
June 19 Myrtle Beach UARA
June 26 Hickory UARA
July 3 Lonesome Pine UARA
July 7 Caraway Whelen
July 16 Tri-County UARA
Aug 7 Concord UARA
Aug 14 Kingsport UARA
Aug 28 Dillon UARA
Sept 5 Hickory Whelen
Sept 25 Greenville Pickens UARA
Oct 3 Martinsville Whelen
Oct 9 Rockingham UARA
Oct 16 South Boston Whelen
Nov 18-21 Myrtle Beach Whelen
**One date and track TBA for UARA