Junior Johnson Endorses Obama

October 28, 2008 by · 103 Comments
Filed under: NASCAR, Silly Season, Tony Stewart 

Daytona 500 Winner Endorses Obama

I just about fell out of my chair when I read this email from Junior Johnson. This is, after all, the man who is 11th on NASCAR’s all time win list. And he’s asking for votes for Barack Obama.

This is NASCAR after all – where Barack Obama enjoys slightly less popularity than Kyle Busch.

Here’s the email:

Join me in supporting Barack. My family and I have given this election a lot of thought.

Our country is in a rough spot, and we’re going to need some serious change. There’s only one candidate ready to deliver it — and that’s Barack Obama.

Every day I talk to someone else who’s never voted for a Democrat, but now they’re voting for Barack Obama. They realize that Barack understands what we’re going through here in North Carolina. And they’re ready for change.

So I’ve made up my mind, and I’m ready to get involved. I know that I could never have won a race without my pit crew, and I know Barack can’t win this one without us.

Can you sign up to volunteer this last crucial week?

When I talk to folks about why I support Barack, I just tell it like I see it.

There’s been a lot thrown at him this election, and he’s stayed calm, positive, and focused. I know a little something about how important it is to stay cool under pressure.

And with all the dangers in our world today, that’s the kind of rock-solid leadership our country needs.

These days, I run a small country ham and pork skins business. Barack Obama will fight for a fair economy where small businesses like mine have the freedom to grow, and he’ll defend the Second Amendment to protect the hunter’s way of life.

But the most important reasons I’m speaking out for Barack Obama are named Robert and Meredith, my two children. My wife Lisa and I talked it over, and honestly, we know in our gut that their future is more secure if Barack Obama is president.

At the end of the day, there’s just nothing more important than that.

That’s why I’m going to talk to my neighbors this week, and I’m asking you to do the same. This election in North Carolina is going to be one of the closest ever, and we all need to lend a hand.

I’ve been in a lot of races in my life. But this may be the most important one of all. So let’s all get in gear and win it together.

Yours,

Junior Johnson

P.S. — I know what it means to run an aggressive race, but I also know what it means to compete with integrity. Have you gotten one of these pre-recorded calls that are flooding our state smearing Barack Obama’s character and questioning his patriotism? That’s crossing the line, and North Carolinians deserve better. Help fight back by canvassing this week to tell your neighbors the truth about Barack.

Junior Johnson has 50 wins in NASCAR – including the 1960 Daytona 500.

On top of that he has 132 wins as a NASCAR owner. The driver’s who have raced in Junior Johnson’s race cars reads like the induction list for the NASCAR Hall of fame. Here’s some of the drivers who have driven for Junior Johnson:

· Bobby Isaac

· Curtis Turner

· Darel Dierenger

· A. J. Foyt

· Fred Lorenzen

· Gordon Johncock

· LeeRoy Yarbrough

· Donnie Allison

· David Pearson

· Cale Yarborough

· Richard Childress

· Darrell Waltrip

· J. D. McDuffie

· Geoff Bodine

· Neil Bonnett

· Davey Allison

· Terry Labonte

· Davey Allison

· Bill Elliott

· Sterling Marlin

· Jimmy Spencer

Johnson has 6 NASCAR championships as a car owner. Three with Cale Yarborough, and three with Darrell Waltrip.

Johnson is the man who brought the R. J. Reynolds sponsorship to NASCAR.

Today Johnson is a successful North Carolina businessman who sells his own line of country ham, pork rinds, as well as Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon – a legal moonshine.

The Last American Hero is a movie on Junior Johnson’s life. it’s based on the biography  by Tom Wolfe.

In 1956 Johnson was convicted and sentenced to federal prison for illegal moonshining. He was pardoned by Ronald Reagan in 1986.

This is the only current or former driver I’ve heard of endorsing Obama. I was really surprised to hear it. I’ll leave my endorsement out of it. I’ll just say that I’ve already voted, and I hope you do the same.

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