Junior Johnson is a living legend among NASCAR fans. He connects the sport's colorful past when moonshiners would gather to see who really had the fastest car to today's world of multi-million dollar sponsorship deals. Now Johnson has come full circle and is back in the moonshine business.
Piedmont Distillers and Johnson have teamed up to roll out Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon. Piedmont also makes Catdaddy Carolina Moonshine.
As part of the deal Johnson is now one of the owners of Piedmont Distillers. The company claims to operate the only legal still in North Carolina, although at least one other is now getting ready to launch near Raleigh. Its moonshine can be found in eight states, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Wisconsin, Illinois, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
This is not Johnson's first time in the moonshine business. Johnson was a driver making deliveries for his father's illegal moonshine still. His skills ended up getting him involved in NASCAR, where as a driver Johnson won 50 races, 10th on the all-time list. He later became a team owner, winning 139 races and six NASCAR series championships.
Piedmont Distillers is located in Madison, N.C., in the town’s former train station built in 1915.