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DESCRIPTIONThis 1980 Oldsmobile 442, driven by Cale Yarborough and owned by Junior Johnson, is a turn-four fresh stock car chassis that led seven of the nine races it participated in and rarely finished out of the top ten. Born and raised in Timmonsville, South Carolina, Cale Yarborough spent most of his adolescence as a semi-pro football player and Golden Gloves boxer. When he attended the 1951 Southern 500 as a spectator, he knew he'd found his calling and decided to turn down a blossoming football career to focus on a full-time racing schedule. After two decades of working hard and experiencing moderate success Cale became the first of only two drivers to net three back-to-back Sprint Cup championships, formally cementing his legacy as one of the sport's biggest stars. Of course, we all know a great driver never realizes his full potential unless he partners with a great owner. Enter First Class Hall of Famer Junior Johnson who, with a record setting 10 victories in the 1974 season, had officially transformed his already successful race team into one of NASCAR's top powerhouses. Over the next several years Yarborough and Johnson would win 27% of the races they entered and enjoy unbelievable consistency that included four back-to-back wins in 1977 and top 5 finishes in the last 11 races of 1978. In light of NASCAR's mandate that all teams switch to cars with a 110 inch wheelbase, 1980 was the last season Junior Johnson & Associates ran large Oldsmobiles. This 442, never restored or disassembled in any way, was raced only nine times during that season; and thanks to Johnson's extensive use of a newer Monte Carlo, was saved from both a career-ending encounter with a concrete barrier and benevolent duty in a backyard scrap yard. From its hand-fabricated body to its vintage powertrain, this 1980 Oldsmobile literally embodies the tireless ingenuity that built NASCAR. Call, click or visit http://RKMotorsCharlotte.com for more information!
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