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The Scene Vault: Jeff Hammond Gets His Start With Junior Johnson & Associates

By Rick Houston

Jeff Hammond showed up late, but Herb Nab put him to work any way.

Thinking this was going to be a formal interview with Junior Johnson & Associates, Hammond had made his way from his home in Charlotte to the Johnson team’s shop in Ingle Hollow, in rural North Carolina. He’d gotten lost, but that didn’t seem to matter when he did show up. Nab was already busy repairing damage sustained the day before at Darlington by the team’s driver, Cale Yarborough.

Hammond jumped right in, and worked for the rest of the day. There was no interview, no standard questions and answers. Finally, Nab told him he could offer $800 a month, insurance AND uniforms. Hammond thought he’d hit the jackpot. Together with Johnson, Yarborough and then Darrell Waltrip, Hammond would eventually be a part of six Winston Cup championships.

This is Jeff Hammond’s story.

Join hosts Rick Houston and Steve Waid each week on The Scene Vault Podcast Presented by Q Ware as they take a look back at the extraordinary people, places and events woven into the rich tapestry that is our sport.

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