John Sherman Rutherford III (born March 12 1938) better known as Johnny Rutherford and also known as Lone Star JR is a former U.S. automobile racer known for being one of nine drivers to win the prestigious Indianapolis 500 mile race at least three times. Rutherford won that race in 1974 1976 and 1980. Rutherford began racing Modified stock cars in 1959 and he also dabbled in stock car racing making 35 NASCAR Winston Cup 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.
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