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Subject: Body templates were instituted because of Junior


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Firefighter Fred
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Date Posted: Saturday, December 21, 09:26:05am
In reply to: Dies at 88 's message, "Nascar racecar driver, Junior Johnson" on Friday, December 20, 03:04:01pm

On August 7, 1966, at the Atlanta Raceway, Junior’s team fielded their modified 1966 Ford Galaxie. The Galaxie had its top chopped – estimates from the day say it was chopped anywhere from 3 to 5 inches – and the windshield was laid back 20 degrees. The front of the car was lowered, too, and the rear quarter panels were swept upward to produce more down force. It was this mod that earned the Galaxie the nickname of “Yellow Banana” for its then-unusual stance. Each of these modifications was clearly outside of the rules, but the Yellow Banana, as well as Smokey Yunick’s black-and-gold Chevy Chevelle, were allowed to race.

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"Junior Johnson flyin; through the woods of Caroline..."Bruce Springsteen's "Cadillac Ranch"Saturday, December 21, 05:36:23pm
    The film "The Last American Hero" (1973) was a bio of Johnson (for some reason, his name was changed to Jackson in the film) He was portrayed by Jeff Bridges (NT)Jim Croce's "I Got a Name" was heard as the film's themeSaturday, December 21, 05:46:25pm


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