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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

For Immediate Release

 

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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 & Associates. 

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. 

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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 and success. 

 

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 all. 

 

For more information please visit www.jksmotorsports.com.

 

 

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Race Schedule

  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

 

 



 

 


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