NASCAR Hall of Famer Junior Johnson has died at 88. His death was announced Friday by NASCAR.
Johnson honed his driving skills as a moonshine runner in North Carolina before he began competing in NASCAR.
He won 50 races as a driver and 132 as a car owner. He was also immortalized as “The Last American Hero” by author Tom Wolfe in a 1965 article for Esquire.
Johnson was an inaugural member of NASCAR’s Hall of Fame.