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Johnny with Dave Argabright


Johnny with AJ Foyt


Johnny and wife Betty of over 50 years


Johnny with somebody from Darlington historic racing


Johnny visiting


Johnny at a banquet


Johnny with Jeff Gordon


Johnny with Dick Atkins


Johnny with AJ Foyt


Johnny with Guy Fieri


Johnny and his wife


Johnny waving to crowd


Johnny riding around Gasoline Alley


Johnny with Al Unser


Johnny with a lad


Johnny with a rock start after a ride on the track


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Johnny presenting the rookie award


Johnny with a very young Kyle Larson


Johnny with his wife and child


Johnny in a parade with RTick Mears


Johnny in an evening with him!


Johnny and more historic people


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Johnny on a panel at a Celebration of Automobiles


Johnny with Al Unser and Eddie Chever


Johnny with Shane Carson


Johnny with Bobby Unser, Parnelli Jones and Robin Miller


Johnny with Bobby Unseer, Rick Mears and Parnelli Jones


Johnny at the Indy racing museum


Johnny with Shane Carson, Jimmy Sills, Kevin Olson and Jimmy Oskie


Johnny distractedd by a fan


Johnny with Rick Mearsm Al Unser and A J Foyt


Johnny in the crowd after a win at Indy in 1980


Johnny a winner in 1974 at Indy


Johnny having fun


Johnny a happy winner


Johnny interviewed after a BIG win at Indy


Johnny with a big trophy


Johnny with wife Betty after a win


Johnny dancing a winning jig


Johnny celebrating


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A young Johnny with a race car


Johnny waving to photographers


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Johnny in his Indy car


Johnny at Texas Motor Speedway 1999


Johnny looking over his shoulder


Johnny in one of his old rides


Johnny waving


Johnny getting a kiss


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Johnny as a boy in his dad's car


Johnny in # 86 in 1964


Johnny with his own shade


Johnny in Cedar Rapids in 1962


Johnny in the Bardahl special


Johnny in his car ready


Johnny set to go


Johnny protected from the weather


Johnny in his racecar


Johnny in his office


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Johnny on Sports Illustrated


Johnny again on SI


Johnny on program cover


Johnny's helmet


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A drawing


Another drawing


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Johnny making money


Drawing of Johnny with Parnelli Jones and Roger McClusky


Post card


Autograph

Johnny's cars


Johhny's ride at Duquoin

Indy cars


Johnny sitting in an Indy car


Johnny waving


Johnny in the Mac Tools car


Johnny sharing the cockpit


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Johnny with # 3 in 1974


Johnny in # 21 in 1986


Johnny in # 2


Johnny in # 17


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Johnny with Dario and a Honda


Johnny's ride # 7 in 1973


Johnny and # 4


Johnny relaxed


Johnny in # 3


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Johnny in # 24


Johnny in his car 1982


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Johnny with his crew in 1980


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Johnny in a F1 car


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Johnny giving Tim Richmond a ride


Johnny and his crew


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Johnny, Bobby Unser and Mario Andretti on the front row


Here they are on the track


Here's Johnny with AJ Foyt and Bobby Unser


Johnny leading


Johnny with Al Unser and A J Foyt


Johnny with Jim Mcelreath

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# 2 at Langhorne PA Aug 8, 1965


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Johnny inside Gene Brown on 1962


Johnny against Larry Dickson


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John Sherman "Johnny" Rutherford III (born March 12, 1938), also known as "Lone Star JR", is an American former automobile racing driver. He is one of ten drivers to win the prestigious Indianapolis 500 mile race at least three times, winning in 1974, 1976, and 1980.[1]

Rutherford began racing modified stock cars in 1959 and he also dabbled in stock car racing, making 35 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts from 1963 to 1988. Rutherford won in his first start, at Daytona International Speedway driving for Smokey Yunick. This made him one of the youngest drivers ever to win in NASCAR history, in a full points-paying NASCAR race.

In 1959, Rutherford started driving modified stock cars in Dallas. He joined the International Motor Contest Association sprint car circuit in 1961 leading it for most of 1962. Rutherford later joined the United States Auto Club (USAC) starting in the Hoosier Hundred and later winning his first championship.[1]

Rutherford won his qualifying heat race for the 1963 Daytona 500, becoming the youngest winner of a Duel as a championship race, a record that would stand as the races were taken off the championship schedule in 1971 (though it has since been broken, the race was not a championship race when it happened). Later that year he also had his first start in the Indianapolis 500. Rutherford's first Indy car race win took place at the Atlanta 250. He won the USAC National Sprint Car Championship in 1965.[1]

On April 3, 1966, Rutherford suffered a serious crash at Eldora Speedway. His car flipped out of the track, and he suffered broken arms, a broken finger, and a head injury. He was forced to sit out the 1966 Indy 500.

Rutherford's NASCAR Winston Cup career included 35 starts from 1963 to 1988. He won in his first start, at Daytona International Speedway driving for Smokey Yunick. The win, in the second 100-mile Daytona 500 qualifying race, made him one of the youngest drivers ever to win in NASCAR history, in a full points-paying NASCAR race. (Until 1971, the qualifying races were full points-paying races.) In 1981, Rutherford drove twelve races, the most he ever raced in a single NASCAR season. In addition, Rutherford competed in five runnings of the International Race of Champions – 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980 and 1984.

Inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1996 Inducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1995 Inducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1993

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