Driver, Hall of Fame dad take on Myrtle Beach Speedway

Myrtle Beach, SC - By Justin Felder - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – There are only two living members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. One of them, Junior Johnson, is working on a new title: racing dad.

Junior Johnson's son, Robert Johnson, is racing in the UARA circuit race at Myrtle Beach Speedway Saturday evening. The younger Johnson thinks his dad raced in Myrtle Beach when it was a dirt track, but still gets plenty of advice from his old man.

"How to handle the car, how far to drive it into corners, he's a great mentor because he's been through everything, really been there and done that," said Robert Johnson. "It's great to have him."

Robert Johnson, who is just 16 years old, has only been racing for about a year. He gets plenty of attention because of his famous father. He appreciates the added opportunities, but it comes with high expectations.

"It's kind of a blessing and a curse," said Robert Johnson who will drive the #11 car this weekend. "It's good to have all the media attention and stuff regular racers wouldn't. There's also a lot of pressure that comes with it. Dad's been teaching me how to handle that."

Green flag drops on the UARA event at Myrtle Beach Speedway Saturday evening at 7:30pm.

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