Junior and Flossie Johnson reached an amicable agreement on the division of their assets in an out-of-court divorce settlement.
After 17 years of marriage and two years of struggling through their divorce, Junior and Flossie Johnson have reached a settlement concerning their assets and are friends again.
Johnson will keep his two NASCAR racing teams and his ex-wife will get their home and poultry farm under the terms of an out-of-court divorce settlement.``I'll still own the racing teams,' said Johnson, 62. ``I have a lot invested in them.'
Johnson is considered one of the most successful racers and team owners in NASCAR history. The North Wilkesboro native became a car owner in 1966. His racing corporation owns the cars driven by Bill Elliott and Hut Stricklin.
Johnson told the Winston-Salem Journal that he and Flossie Johnson agreed to split their 26 acres of real estate. Though he declined to discuss the details of the division, he said that Flossie Johnson gets the couple's house and poultry farm in Wilkes County.
The Johnsons entered the poultry business after Junior Johnson agreed to raise chickens and race for Holly Farms in 1963, according to court records.
The couple also owned personal property, corporate stock and businesses, according to court records.
The Johnsons separated in August 1991 and divorced Oct. 22, 1992, after 17 years of marriage. The Johnsons were a fixture on the NASCAR circuit, opening their home to drivers and crew members.
The couple began a bitter struggle over their property after the divorce was granted.
Mrs. Johnson accused her ex-husband in court documents of cruelty and ill-will, and that he deprived her of income needed for her support.
The dispute continued through months of court hearings and closed-door negotiating sessions until Sept. 17, when Judge Samuel L. Osborne of Wilkes District Court signed a consent order making the settlement official.
Mrs. Johnson would say only that though her ex-husband was sole owner of the NASCAR teams, she will always remain close to the drivers and pit crews.