Junior Johnson competed twice at Rockingham before hanging up his helmet, including a top five finish in his last drive at the 1966 season-ending American 500. Johnson went on to more successes as a car owner, guiding Cale Yarborough to three consecutive championships. Numerous other outstanding drivers wheeled cars prepared in his shops, including Darrell Waltrip, Fred Lorenzen, Bill Elliott, Neil Bonnett and Curtis Turner.
As a team owner, Johnson’s 132 victories rank him third, behind Petty Enterprises and Rick Hendrick’s teams.
Johnson is one of the five inaugural inductees into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, joining fellow drivers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr, plus Bill France Sr. and Jr.
Well-known recording artist to sing national anthem
Recording star Matt Dylan will perform the National Anthem Saturday at Rockingham Speedway’s Carolina 200 today. Dylan recorded the themes to Red Dirt Rising, the new film about the formative years of stock car racing,
“We’re proud to host rising star Matt Dylan,” said track owner Andy Hillenburg. “He obviously loves racing and we’re sure our fans will love him just as much.”
Music fans and racing fans unIte in applauding Dylan. According to his web site: “A lot of folks CLAIM they are country but Matt Dylan IS.”
Having opened for a stellar collection of artists including Rascal Flatts, Trace Adkins, Delbert McClinton and more, he started his career with a gift guitar at age eight.
In 2004, amid touring nationwide with his band Tombstone, Dylan’s first single “Let’s Get It On” soared to No. 2 on several Indie charts and was featured on radio compilation CDs with songs from major stars including Shania Twain, Alan Jackson and others.
More than a musician, Dylan writes songs including “If You Knew” and “Take Me Back to the Farm”, staples of live shows. Recent songs such as “Changes”, “Between the Bourbon and The Bible” and “The Price” are defining the man and the roads he has traveled.