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Junior Johnson, 'The Last American Hero,' dies at 88

Published: Dec. 20, 2019 at 8:54 PM CST
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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.

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