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Junior shares shine, stories at charity event

Jeff Bobo • Mar 18, 2011 at 4:23 AM

BRISTOL, Tenn. — The moonshine samples served by Junior Johnson Thursday evening during a charity event at Bristol Motor Speedway were about 80 proof and included flavors such as cherry, strawberry and apple pie. The stories he told afterward were pure and uncut. The NASCAR Hall of Famer was the main attraction during Thursday’s “Junior Johnson Shine and Wine Tasting” charity event to benefit Speedway Children’s Charities. On the menu were varieties of Johnson’s Midnight Moon moonshine beverage served with an appropriate course of the meal. Claudia Byrd, who chairs the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, noted in introducing Johnson that Thursday’s event drew a much larger crowd than an event last year featuring Johnson’s former driver, Darrell Waltrip. Byrd said Johnson probably wouldn’t want to pass that information on to Waltrip and hurt his pride. “Oh don’t worry,” Johnson said. “I’m going to call him up and tell him.” Following a four-course meal, Johnson joined the moderator, BMS Vice President of Events Wayne Estes, on stage to tell a few tales. Read the expanded version of this report in the print edition of the Kingsport Times-News or its enhanced elelctronic edition.

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