The former driver is also involved with Yadkin Valley Food Company, which produces six or seven different foods, French fried hot dog strips, wings, and other products.

Soon he will introduce his own line of car-care products that will include glass cleaner, tire and wheel cleaner, tire shine, car wash, and car wash and wax.

Not so long ago, Junior got back into the moonshine business, but this time it is legal. That's good, because with all he has going on, he doesn't have time to run Hillbilly Pop after the sun goes down.

He spent a lot of his young life running illegal Hooch over a good part of the Carolinas. Four runs a night was considered normal. His first run might be to Winston-Salem, his second to Greensboro, his third to High Point, and the grand finale to Charlotte.

Junior began running moonshine before he had a driver's license. "I didn't need a license," he says, "because I wasn't going to stop anyway."

The law never caught him in a car, but one night when he was in his early 20s, he went over to the creek bottom to fire up his father's still. Federal agents were waiting and he lost the ensuing foot race when a barbed wire fence got in his way.

That's when he served 11 months and 3 days in the Chillicothe, Ohio, federal prison.

"Now I own part of a moonshine business that is legal," he says. Last spring, Junior unveiled a line of self-branded legal moonshine called Midnight Moon made in North Carolina's last legal distillery, Piedmont Distillers Inc., in Madison, North Carolina, which uses Junior's family recipe in a copper column still.

His brand of whiskey is sold in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois and West Virginia.

He's so busy he's had to give up raccoon hunting and get rid of his coonhounds.

Just how good Junior was with a racecar will forever be debated. Some say he was the best. Others point out that his career as a driver didn't last as many years as some.

The record books show he won 50 races as a driver from 1953 until he quit in 1966. His first official victory was the Southern 500 in 1953, and his last race was at Rockingham in 1966.

He won 139 races as a team owner, third all-time behind Petty Enterprises and Hendrick Motorsports, and won 24 races with Darrell Waltrip as his driver in 1981 and 1982. Junior's teams won six Cup titles, three each with Waltrip and Cale Yarborough. He remains the only team owner to claim three consecutive championships, from 1976 to 1978.

He says winning the second annual Daytona 500 as a driver in 1960 was his single greatest accomplishment.

"I discovered what the wind was doing during practice in the weeks leading up to the 500," Junior says. "What I discovered is what they call the draft today, and I beat a lot of cars that year that were a lot faster than I was. I just used the draft to pass them."

Who was the best driver and who is the best to judge?

"At Martinsville Speedway on an April morning during the '60s I asked Big Bill France to name, in his opinion, his five greatest drivers."

He said, "Let me think about it, and I will get back with you."

"Time passed, and I didn't hear from him. Finally, late in August, I received a letter from Daytona Beach, Florida. The address and return address were written in pencil. So was a note inside, written on yellow legal paper."

It said, "In no particular order: Lloyd Seay, Fireball Roberts, Junior Johnson, Curtis Turner, Richard Petty.

Yours truly, Bill France"