Junior Johnson & Associates

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Junior Johnson & Associates (formerly Johnson Hodgdon Racing) was a NASCAR team that ran in the Winston Cup Series from 1953 to 1996. The team was run by former driver Junior Johnson and was best known for fielding cars for legendary talents such as Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Neil Bonnett, Terry Labonte, Bill Elliott, Geoffrey Bodine, and Sterling Marlin.

Junior Johnson & Associates
Owner(s)Junior Johnson
Warner Hodgdon (1982–85)
BaseRonda, North Carolina, United States
SeriesNASCAR Winston Cup Series
Race driversBobby Isaac
Darel Dieringer
A. J. Foyt
Fred Lorenzen
LeeRoy Yarbrough
Cale Yarborough
Bobby Allison
Darrell Waltrip
Neil Bonnett
Terry Labonte
Geoff Bodine
Bill Elliott
Elton Sawyer
Jimmy Spencer
Earl Ross
SponsorsHolly Farms
Pepsi
Budweiser
McDonald's Maxwell House Coffee
ManufacturerChevrolet, Ford
Opened1965
Closed1996
Career
Drivers' Championships6 (1976, 1977, 1978. 1981, 1982, 1985)
Race victories132

HistoryEdit

Johnson's team started out in 1953 with him driving a No. 75 Oldsmobile at the Southern 500. The team was inactive for nearly a decade, but returned in the 1960s. Johnson scored 13 wins in 1965, and A. J. Foyt, Bobby Issac, Gordon Johncock, and Curtis Turner drove for Johnson the following year with no wins. Darel Dieringer scored 6 poles and one win at North Wilkesboro Speedway. LeeRoy Yarbrough joined Johnson in 1968, starting slowly but winning at Atlanta and Trenton. 1969 would be far more successful, as Yarbrough not only won that year's Daytona 500, but winning the Rebel 400 and the World 600, becoming the first driver to win NASCAR's "Triple Crown". Yarbrough added 4 more wins to his season total. With the manufacturer withdrawal in 1970, Johnson scaled back operations, fielding the No. 98 for one race drives for Donnie Allison at North Wilkesboro, Fred Lorenzen at Darlington, and David Pearson at Martinsville. Yarbrough returned later that year, winning at Charlotte. Yarbrough and Johnson entered only 4 events the following year, and remained inactive for two years.

 
Number 11 car driven by Cale Yarborough in 1976

In 1974, Johnson's team was revived when Canadian rookie Earl Ross left Allan Brooke's operation. He was later joined by Cale Yarborough. Ross would win at Martinsville and claim ROTY honors, while Yarborough scored 4 wins. Ross left Johnson's team after 1974, with Yarborough staying on. Tyson Foods replaced Carling as primary sponsor in 1975, and Yarborough would score three consecutive championships with Johnson from 1976 to 1978. Cale nearly won the 1979 Daytona 500, but was involved in a confrontation between himself and the Allison brothers on the final lap. After 1980, Cale wanted to cut back on his schedule to spend time with his family so he and Junior parted ways after that year. Cale recommended Darrell Waltrip, who came over from DiGard Motorsports with Mountain Dew, along with crew chief Tim Brewer. Johnson and Waltrip grabbed 12 victories and the 1981 championship. After Brewer moved on to other ventures, jackman Jeff Hammond stepped up to crew chief, grabbing 12 more wins and holding off Bobby Allison for the 1982 Championship. Additionally, Johnson sold 50% of his business to California investor Warner W. Hodgdon in 1982, forming Johnson Hodgdon Racing until 1985.[1].

 
Darrell Waltrip's No. 11 in 1983

For 1983, the team changed sponsors to Pepsi. Waltrip did not start off the season well, having a hard crash at the Daytona 500. Waltrip and Allison once again dueled for the Winston Cup championship. Waltrip got up to 2nd in points by Michigan, and despite grabbing wins at Bristol and North Wilkesboro late in the season, was unable to catch Allison and DiGard for the championship.

 
Terry Labonte driving the No. 11 in 1989

In order to win the championship in 1984, Johnson gained new sponsorship Anheuser-Busch through its Budweiser brand, and once again expanded to 2 cars. The No. 11 driven by Waltrip and the No. 12 driven by Neil Bonnett and crew chiefed by Doug Richert. The duo were a dominant force, scoring 16 wins between 1984 and 1986, with Darrell winning the 1985 championship. However, Bonnett left after 1986 for RahMoc Enterprises while Waltrip, concerned about his own lifestyle, asked Johnson for a raise and was fired the same year, departing for Hendrick Motorsports along with Hammond. Johnson would downsize to only the 11 for 1987, running with Terry Labonte. Though Brewer returned to the team as crew chief, Labonte scored only 4 wins between 1987 and 1989. Labonte departed for the Precision Products Racing team for the 1990 season[2] after planning to run his own independent team.[3]

In 1990, Junior Johnson, owner of one of the top NASCAR teams, approached Alan Kulwicki at the beginning of the 1990 season to try to get him to replace Terry Labonte in the No. 11 Budweiser Ford. Kulwicki declined, stating that he was more interested in running his own team.[4]

Before the 1991 season, Zerex ended their sponsorship of Kulwicki's team. Junior Johnson came calling again. Kulwicki turned down Johnson's $1 million offer thinking that he had secured a sponsorship deal with Maxwell House Coffee. Johnson then went to Maxwell House himself and obtained the sponsorship for his new car, which Sterling Marlin was hired to drive instead.[4]

For 1990, Geoffrey Bodine joined Johnson from Hendrick Motorsports for 1990 and 1991. Bodine finished 3rd in points in 1990 with 3 wins. In 1991, Johnson revived his second car, the No. 22 with Sterling Marlin behind the wheel with Maxwell House sponsoring. However, Bodine finished a dismal 14th in points while Marlin finished seventh with no victories. Bodine departed Johnson's team for Bud Moore Engineering and was replaced by 1988 champion Bill Elliott for 1992. Elliott and Johnson won 5 races that year, but lost the championship by 10 points to Alan Kulwicki. Marlin left Johnson's team for Stavola Brothers Racing after the 1992 season. Elliott stayed on with the No. 11 team, while the No. 22 became the No. 27 and hired Hut Stricklin with sponsorship from McDonald's. Elliott and Stricklin were both winless in 1993.

 
Bill Elliott in 1994
 
Jimmy Spencer driving the No. 27 at Michigan in 1994

Despite the dismal 1993 season, Elliott returned for 1994, and Johnson replaced Stricklin with Jimmy Spencer. Spencer would grab 2 wins that year, including a 1-2 with Elliott at the Pepsi 400, while road racer Tommy Kendall and Jeff Green drove one race each. Elliott would return to victory lane that year at Darlington, but left Johnson at season's end to form his own team. Johnson hired Geoff's brother Brett Bodine to drive the No. 11 in 1995 with Lowe's. Loy Allen drove the #27 with sponsorship from Hooters which he bought with him from Tri-Star Motorsport’s Elton Sawyer drove the 27 with Hooters for 20 races for Rookie of the Year honors, while Jimmy Horton and Greg Sacks drove the car for one race each. The organization struggled, managing only 2 top-10s with Bodine.

Johnson eventually sold off both cars for 1996, the No. 11 sticking with Brett Bodine to form Brett Bodine Racing, and the No. 27 team with Sawyer would be bought out by attorney David Blair to form David Blair Motorsports.

Team Statistics (Modern Era)Edit

Car No. 11 resultsEdit

NASCAR Winston Cup Series results
Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Owners Pts
1972 Bobby Allison 12 Chevy RSD
2*
DAY
16
RCH
2*
ONT
2
CAR
27*
ATL
1*
BRI
1*
DAR
7
NWS
2
MAR
2
TAL
45
CLT
2*
DOV
1*
MCH
2
RSD
6
TWS
2
DAY
3
BRI
1*
TRN
1
ATL
1
TAL
3
MCH
2
NSV
1*
DAR
1*
RCH
2
DOV
20
MAR
2*
NWS
2*
CLT
1*
CAR
1*
TWS
4
2nd 8573.5
1973 Cale Yarborough 11 RSD
24
DAY
22
RCH
3
CAR
2
BRI
1*
ATL
5
NWS
6
DAR
19
MAR
2*
TAL
41
NSV
1*
CLT
3
DOV
2
TWS
4
RSD
24
MCH
6
DAY
36
BRI
19
ATL
2
TAL
6
NSV
14*
DAR
1*
RCH
2
DOV
25
NWS
3
MAR
2*
CLT
1*
CAR
3
2nd 7106.65
1974 RSD
1*
DAY
2
RCH
3
CAR
2
BRI
1*
ATL
1
DAR
5
NWS
2
MAR
1*
TAL
9
NSV
14*
DOV
1*
CLT
11
RSD
1*
MCH
27
DAY
3
BRI
1*
NSV
1
ATL
14
POC
3
TAL
4
MCH
3
DAR
1*
RCH
21
DOV
28
NWS
1*
MAR
11*
CLT
23
CAR
2*
ONT
3
2nd 4470.3
1975 RSD DAY
3
RCH CAR
1*
BRI
20
ATL
22
NWS
2
DAR
36
MAR
3
TAL
40
NSV
14*
DOV
27
CLT
2
RSD MCH
4
DAY
26
NSV
1*
POC
35
TAL
41
MCH
3
DAR
19
DOV
4
NWS
2
MAR
19*
CLT
19
RCH
26
CAR
1*
BRI
20
ATL
5
ONT
4
9th 3295
1976 RSD
2
DAY
42
CAR
3
RCH
4
BRI
1*
ATL
3*
NWS
1*
DAR
25
MAR
2
TAL
2
NSV
1*
DOV
27*
CLT
3
RSD
7*
MCH
2*
DAY
1*
NSV
5
POC
25
TAL
26
MCH
2*
BRI
1*
DAR
23
RCH
1*
DOV
1*
MAR
1*
NWS
1*
CLT
2
CAR
5
ATL
4
ONT
23
1st 4644
1977 RSD
2*
DAY
1*
RCH
1*
CAR
6
ATL
3*
NWS
1*
DAR
16
BRI
1*
MAR
1*
TAL
2
NSV
2*
DOV
1
CLT
24
RSD
3
MCH
1*
DAY
23
NSV
4
POC
6
TAL
2
MCH
5*
BRI
1*
DAR
5
RCH
4
DOV
3
MAR
1*
NWS
2
CLT
2
CAR
4
ATL
5
ONT
3
1st 5000
1978 Olds RSD
1*
DAY
2
RCH
3
CAR
18
ATL
4
BRI
4
DAR
15*
NWS
26
MAR
16
TAL
1*
DOV
2
CLT
4
NSV
1*
RSD
5*
MCH
1
DAY
2
NSV
1*
POC
26
TAL
4*
MCH
2*
BRI
1*
DAR
1*
RCH
4
DOV
2
MAR
1*
NWS
1
CLT
22
CAR
1*
ATL
8
ONT
2
1st 4841
1979 RSD
3
DAY
5
CAR
18
RCH
1
ATL
4
NWS
9
BRI
24
DAR
6
MAR
11
TAL
33
NSV
1
CLT
4
MCH
3
DAY
20
TAL
24
RCH
5
MAR
8
NWS
20
ATL
3*
ONT
3
4th 4604
Chevy DOV
2*
TWS
4
RSD
4*
NSV
2
POC
1
MCH
17
BRI
5
DAR
19
DOV
3*
CLT
1
CAR
3
1980 RSD
23
RCH
25
ATL
8*
BRI
5
DAR
12
NWS
4
MAR
4
NSV
3*
DOV
16*
CLT
17
TWS
1*
RSD
4
MCH
2
NSV
2*
POC
3
MCH
1
BRI
1*
DAR
29
DOV
4
NWS
10
CLT
2
CAR
1*
ATL
1*
ONT
3
2nd 4642
Olds DAY
19
CAR
1*
TAL
6
DAY
40
TAL
2
RCH
26
MAR
3
1981 Darrell Waltrip Chevy RSD
17
1st 4880
Buick DAY
36
RCH
1*
CAR
1
ATL
36
BRI
1*
NWS
3
DAR
1*
MAR
26
TAL
3
NSV
2
DOV
12
CLT
9
TWS
30
RSD
1*
MCH
7*
DAY
10
NSV
1*
POC
1*
TAL
2
MCH
2
BRI
1*
DAR
2
RCH
3*
DOV
2
MAR
1
NWS
1*
CLT
1
CAR
1*
ATL
2
RSD
6
1982 DAY
20
RCH
27
BRI
1*
ATL
1
CAR
7*
DAR
23
NWS
1*
MAR
5
TAL
1
NSV
1*
DOV
15
CLT
22
POC
13
RSD
32
MCH
2
DAY
36
NSV
1*
POC
6
TAL
1*
MCH
7
BRI
1
DAR
24
RCH
3
DOV
1*
NWS
1*
CLT
14
MAR
1*
CAR
1
ATL
3
RSD
3
1st 4489
1983 Chevy DAY
36
RCH
29
CAR
3
ATL
40
DAR
2
NWS
1*
MAR
1*
TAL
33
NSV
1*
DOV
2
BRI
1*
CLT
4
RSD
7
POC
2
MCH
4
DAY
20
NSV
2
POC
2
TAL
2
MCH
2
BRI
1*
DAR
3
RCH
3
DOV
5
MAR
3
NWS
1*
CLT
2
CAR
5
ATL
9
RSD
6*
2nd 4620
1984 DAY
3
RCH
2*
CAR
10
ATL
10
BRI
1*
NWS
6
DAR
1*
MAR
3
TAL
38
NSV
1
DOV
6
CLT
26
RSD
11
POC
6
MCH
3
DAY
31
NSV
2
POC
22
TAL
6
MCH
1
BRI
21*
DAR
40
RCH
1*
DOV
11
MAR
1*
CLT
27
NWS
1*
CAR
4
ATL
6
RSD
34
5th 4230
1985 DAY
3
RCH
3*
CAR
18
ATL
16
BRI
23
DAR
2
NWS
2
MAR
23
TAL
24
DOV
5
CLT
1
RSD
8
POC
3
MCH
2
DAY
3
POC
3
TAL
9
MCH
2
BRI
4*
DAR
17
RCH
1
DOV
2
MAR
2
NWS
14
CLT
4
CAR
1
ATL
3
RSD
7
1st 4292
1986 DAY
3
RCH
5
CAR
5
ATL
4
BRI
3
DAR
2
NWS
4
MAR
27
TAL
34
DOV
5
CLT
5
RSD
1
POC
40
MCH
5
DAY
4
POC
4
TAL
25
GLN
2
MCH
3
BRI
1*
DAR
5
RCH
29
DOV
14
MAR
4
NWS
1
CLT
9
CAR
3
ATL
39
RSD
4
2nd 4180
1987 Terry Labonte DAY
18
CAR
8
RCH
5
ATL
4
DAR
32
NWS
8
BRI
9
MAR
5
TAL
2
CLT
6
DOV
3
POC
37
RSD
4
MCH
28
DAY
10
POC
6
TAL
6
GLN
2
MCH
33
BRI
4
DAR
5
RCH
8
DOV
32
MAR
3
NWS
1*
CLT
4
CAR
4
RSD
8
ATL
28
3rd 4007
1988 DAY
5
RCH
9
CAR
31
ATL
4
DAR
23
BRI
16
NWS
1
MAR
4
TAL
4
CLT
9
DOV
12
RSD
2
POC
32
MCH
3
DAY
19
POC
9
TAL
14
GLN
18
MCH
13
BRI
22
DAR
8
RCH
3
DOV
18
MAR
7
CLT
10
NWS
4
CAR
3
PHO
2
ATL
8
4th 4007
1989 Ford DAY
9
CAR
18
ATL
36
RCH
30
DAR
18
BRI
24
NWS
5
MAR
5
TAL
2
CLT
39
DOV
4
SON
15
POC
1
MCH
14
DAY
6
POC
13
TAL
1
GLN
14
MCH
40
BRI
5
DAR
33
RCH
12
DOV
14
MAR
11
CLT
11
NWS
3
CAR
14
PHO
2
ATL
40
10th 3569
1990 Geoff Bodine DAY
9
RCH
33
CAR
2
ATL
7
DAR
4*
BRI
24
NWS
8
MAR
1*
TAL
24
CLT
10
DOV
15
SON
4
POC
3*
MCH
3
DAY
25
POC
1*
TAL
17
GLN
2
MCH
7
BRI
11
DAR
8
RCH
9
DOV
36
MAR
1
NWS
16
CLT
36
CAR
4
PHO
8
ATL
2
3rd 4017
1991 DAY
32
RCH
13
CAR
12
ATL
23
DAR
9
BRI
24
NWS
28
MAR
20
TAL
6
MCH
39
DAY
2
POC
3
TAL
30
GLN
22
MCH
35
BRI
31
DAR
7
RCH
14
DOV
2
MAR
23
NWS
15
CLT
1
CAR
4
PHO
8
ATL
8
14th 3277
Tommy Ellis CLT
16
DOV
21
Geoff Bodine 97 SON
8
POC
5
1992 Bill Elliott 11 DAY
27
CAR
1*
RCH
1*
ATL
1
DAR
1
BRI
20
NWS
20
MAR
10
TAL
2
CLT
14
DOV
13
SON
5*
POC
3
MCH
10
DAY
5
POC
13
TAL
5
GLN
14
MCH
3
BRI
6
DAR
3
RCH
14
DOV
2
MAR
30
NWS
26
CLT
30
CAR
4
PHO
31
ATL
1
2nd 4068
1993 DAY
39
CAR
11
RCH
33
ATL
9
DAR
14
BRI
30
NWS
10
MAR
27
TAL
22
SON
17
CLT
6
DOV
17
POC
10
MCH
9
DAY
20
NHA
9
POC
3
TAL
11
GLN
4
MCH
10
BRI
11
DAR
18
RCH
2
DOV
10
MAR
12
NWS
18
CLT
10
CAR
3
PHO
5
ATL
4
8th 3774
1994 DAY
9
CAR
39
RCH
12
ATL
32
DAR
3
BRI
30
NWS
18
MAR
9
TAL
19
SON
30
CLT
22
DOV
31
POC
10
MCH
11
DAY
19
NHA
16
POC
17
TAL
2
IND
3
GLN
12
MCH
7
BRI
5
DAR
1
RCH
15
DOV
28
MAR
3
NWS
6
CLT
33
CAR
6
PHO
35
ATL
38
10th 3617
1995 Brett Bodine DAY
25
CAR
14
RCH
18
ATL
23
DAR
12
BRI
27
NWS
9
MAR
11
TAL
30
SON
29
CLT
35
DOV
21
POC
10
MCH
40
DAY
20
NHA
21
POC
15
TAL
28
IND
24
GLN
16
MCH
36
BRI
28
DAR
31
RCH
16
DOV
17
MAR
22
NWS
22
CLT
27
CAR
27
PHO
17
ATL
20
20th 2988

Car No. 27 resultsEdit

NASCAR Winston Cup Series results
Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Owners Pts
1974 Earl Ross 52 Chevy RSD DAY RCH CAR BRI ATL DAR NWS MAR TAL NSV DOV CLT RSD MCH
2
DAY
13
BRI
16
NSV
8
ATL
20
POC
13
TAL
10
MCH
6
DAR
22
RCH
15
DOV
3
NWS
4
MAR
1
CLT
20
CAR
8
ONT
8
8th 1009.47
1984 Neil Bonnett 12 DAY
4
RCH
5
CAR
28
ATL
33
BRI
11
NWS
9
DAR
10
MAR
5
TAL
23
NSV
2*
DOV
15
CLT
12
RSD
2
POC
14
MCH
17
DAY
9
NSV
10
POC
19
TAL
19
MCH
13
BRI
23
DAR
30
RCH
7
DOV
6
MAR
5
CLT
16
NWS
4
CAR
33
ATL
21
RSD
6
8th 3802
1985 DAY
10
RCH
23
CAR
1
ATL
3
BRI
19
DAR
6
NWS
1*
MAR
5
TAL
26
DOV
8
CLT
15
RSD
27
POC
5
MCH
8
DAY
12
POC
2*
TAL
2
MCH
11
BRI
3
DAR
4
RCH
9
DOV
5
MAR
9
NWS
10
CLT
42
CAR
15
ATL
12
RSD
3
4th 3902
1986 DAY
32
RCH
7
CAR
9
ATL
34
BRI
30
DAR
4
NWS
11
MAR
26
TAL
40
DOV
28
CLT
13
RSD
8
POC
23
MCH
25
DAY
11
POC
31
GLN
5
MCH
34
BRI
11
DAR
24
RCH
5
DOV
2
MAR
8
NWS
12
CLT
3
CAR
1
ATL
6
RSD
9
13th 3369
Davey Allison TAL
7
1991 Sterling Marlin 22 Ford DAY
2
RCH
9
CAR
33
ATL
7
DAR
10
BRI
27
NWS
22
MAR
28
TAL
4
CLT
11
DOV
15
SON
26
POC
8
MCH
13
DAY
8
POC
5
TAL
5
GLN
12
MCH
12
BRI
2
DAR
6
RCH
10
DOV
17
MAR
14
NWS
13
CLT
5
CAR
8
PHO
3
ATL
7
7th 3839
1992 DAY
35
CAR
15
RCH
7
ATL
17
DAR
22
BRI
32
NWS
8
MAR
2
TAL
4
CLT
22
DOV
14
SON
16
POC
7
MCH
32
DAY
2
POC
11
TAL
2
GLN
16
MCH
7
BRI
15
DAR
28
RCH
21
DOV
33
MAR
7
NWS
5
CLT
16
CAR
5
PHO
9
ATL
7
10th 3603
1993 Hut Stricklin 27 DAY
4
CAR
13
RCH
18
ATL
20
DAR
28
BRI
27
NWS
22
MAR
26
TAL
20
SON
10
CLT
20
DOV
15
POC
13
MCH
21
DAY
40
NHA
25
POC
28
TAL
12
GLN
17
MCH
34
BRI
32
DAR
36
RCH
17
DOV
29
MAR
23
NWS
28
CLT
23
CAR
24
PHO
36
ATL
22
24th 2866
1994 Jimmy Spencer DAY
37
CAR
12
RCH
22
ATL
10
DAR
27
BRI
35
NWS
32
MAR
18
TAL
4
SON
26
CLT
19
DOV
39
POC
37
MCH
23
DAY
1
NHA
32
POC
24
TAL
1
IND
43
MCH
20
BRI
DNQ
DAR
37
RCH
35
DOV
39
MAR
20
NWS
23
CLT
16
CAR
38
PHO
38
ATL
20
29th 2613
Tommy Kendall GLN
22
1995 Loy Allen Jr. DAY
17
CAR
28
RCH
29
ATL
DNQ
DAR
18
BRI
DNQ
37th 1820
Jeff Purvis NWS
DNQ
Elton Sawyer MAR
20
TAL
27
SON
DNQ
CLT
25
DOV
41
MCH
23
NHA
23
POC
29
TAL
14
IND
41
GLN
29
MCH
21
BRI
DNQ
DAR
32
RCH
38
DOV
40
MAR
33
NWS
34
CLT
28
CAR
31
PHO
30
ATL
28
Jimmy Horton POC
34
Greg Sacks DAY
17

ReferencesEdit

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