NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee Junior Johnson Hosts Shine ‘N Sign During NASCAR Acceleration Weekend; Free Admission Through Facebook
By Official Release On Thu, Jan. 17, 2013
MADISON, N.C. – - Race fans don’t have access to an inaugural NASCAR Hall of Fame member every day, but motorsports fans attending NASCAR’s Acceleration Weekend next month will. And if they play their cards right, they just might be able to meet a Hall of Famer and attend the NASCAR Preview 2013 free of charge.
In conjunction with NASCAR Preview 2013 on Feb. 9, the Southern Culture Society is hosting Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon Shine ‘N Sign at the NASCAR Hall of Fame from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. During this event adjacent to the NASCAR Preview, the legendary Junior Johnson, a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s inaugural class, will sign autographs and host a question and answer session. Patrons may enjoy Midnight Moon, crafted from Johnson’s family recipe, in either a cocktail or a flight of four samples of various Midnight Moon flavors. Barbecue sliders and additional refreshments will also be available while supplies last. Those under the age of 21 will not have access to any alcoholic beverages. The event is free with the purchase of a $20 ticket to the NASCAR Preview 2013, but there is an easy way to get free admission to both events.
Starting Monday, fans can visit the Midnight Moon Facebook page and fill out a brief form for entry into the daily drawing for a pair of free tickets to the NASCAR Preview 2013 and the Midnight Moon Shine ‘N Sign event. Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon will award one set of tickets per day Jan. 21- 25 and Jan. 28 – Feb. 1 when the contest concludes.
The Shine ‘N Sign event is open to winners of the Midnight Moon Facebook contest as well as those who paid for admission to the NASCAR Preview 2013. In addition, the NASCAR Hall of Fame will be open for tours at no additional cost. Fans will be able to see the authentic still in which the Johnson family’s moonshine was made using the family recipe.
Johnson won 50 races and 49 poles as a NASCAR driver and is tied with Ned Jarrett for 11th place on NASCAR’s all-time victory list. After retiring from driving, Johnson became a team owner, and his drivers won 132 races and six series championships. Cale Yarborough won three straight titles for Johnson in 1976, ’77 and ’78. Darrell Waltrip won the other three championships in 1981, ’82 and ’85. Prior to their broadcasting careers, both Jeff Hammond of FOX Sports and Tim Brewer of ESPN won multiple championships as crew chiefs for Johnson. Johnson is ranked as the third most successful owner in NASCAR history. In addition, Johnson was the subject of Tom Wolfe’s famous essay for Esquire magazine in 1965 titled, “The Last American Hero is Junior Johnson. Yes!”
NASCAR Preview 2013 is a fan festival featuring autographs and on-stage question-and-answer sessions with top drivers from all three NASCAR national series. Fans also will be among the first to see the new sixth-generation NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars and 2013 paint schemes.
NASCAR Acceleration Weekend also features the 2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, held at the Charlotte Convention Center, Friday, Feb. 8. Fans can be part of history as five NASCAR legends – Buck Baker, Cotton Owens, Herb Thomas, Rusty Wallace and Leonard Wood – are enshrined into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Tickets for the Induction Ceremony start at $45. Acceleration Weekend wraps up Sunday, Feb. 10 with the unveiling of the new NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees’ granite markers on the Ceremonial Plaza.
About Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon Moonshine
Midnight Moon’s line of moonshines is based on the family recipes of legendary moonshiner and NASCAR hall of famer, Junior Johnson. Midnight Moon is handcrafted in small batches and is available in traditional moonshine flavors like Apple Pie, Cherry, Strawberry, Blueberry Blackberry and Cranberry. The moonshine is authentically infused with whole pieces of gourmet-quality fruit. No extracts, color additives, or artificial flavors are added. All of the fruit flavor and color in the Midnight Moon inclusions comes from the fruit itself – just as nature (and moonshiners) intended. Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon fruit inclusions are uniquely packaged in authentic moonshine jars that are perfect for gifting. For more information on Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon please visit: www.juniorsmidnightmoon.com
About NASCAR Hall of Fame
Conveniently located in uptown Charlotte, N.C., the 150,000-square-foot NASCAR Hall of Fame is an interactive, entertainment attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR. The high-tech venue, designed to educate and entertain race fans and non-fans alike, opened May 11, 2010 and includes artifacts, hands-on exhibits, 278-person state-of-the-art theater, Hall of Honor, Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, NASCAR Hall of Fame Gear Shop and NASCAR Media Group-operated broadcast studio. The venue is opened 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. seven days a week and has an attached parking garage on Brevard Street. The five-acre site also includes a privately developed 19-story office tower and 102,000-square-foot expansion to the Charlotte Convention Center, highlighted by a 40,000 square-foot ballroom. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is owned by the City of Charlotte, licensed by NASCAR and operated by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. www.NASCARHall.com.
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for one of North America’s premier sports. NASCAR races are broadcast in more than 175 countries and in 25 languages. In the U.S., races are broadcast on FOX, TNT, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2, SPEED, Motor Racing Network, Performance Racing Network and Sirius XM Radio. NASCAR fans are among the most brand loyal in all of sports, and as a result more Fortune 500 companies participate in NASCAR than any other sport. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), four regional series, and one local grassroots series, as well as three international series. Also part of NASCAR is GRAND-AM Road Racing, known for its competition on road courses with multiple classes of cars. NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races at 100 tracks in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., NASCAR has offices in eight cities across North America. The next NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will be the Shootout at Daytona on Feb. 16 on FOX. For more information and a complete schedule, visit www.nascar.com. Follow NASCAR on www.facebook.com/NASCAR or on Twitter: @NASCAR.