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Marion Johnson, 2009 February 25

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Scope and Contents

Marion Johnson discusses his career as a flagman for stock car races, spanning the 1950s to the 1990s. He began his career working at dirt tracks throughout the state of North Carolina. Mr. Johnson also served as a flagman for NASCAR races, including Winston Cup Series events. He describes his relationship with fellow flagman and mentor Harold Kinder. Mr. Johnson explains the different flags used in stock car racing and his techniques for flagging. Having visited most of NASCAR's tracks during his career, Mr. Johnson also discusses which tracks he likes and what makes the different venues unique. Other topics include Mr. Johnson's memories of flagging at Bowman Gray Stadium, as well as the brushes with danger he had being close to serious racing accidents.

Dates

  • Creation: 2009 February 25

Conditions Governing Access

30 of 31 oral history interviews are in the digital repository. Original audiovisual materials closed to patron use.

Biographical Note

Marion Johnson was a 77-year-old man at the time of interview, which took place at his home in Browns Summit, North Carolina. He was born in Guilford County, North Carolina in 1931. He was educated at Monticello High School and was employed as a flagman and electrician.

Extent

100 Minutes

Language of Materials

English

Repository Details

Part of the Oral Histories, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

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