For the Major League Baseball pitcher, see Johnny Rutherford (baseball). For other people with a similar name, see John Rutherford.
|John Sherman Rutherford III|
|Born||(1938-03-12) March 12, 1938 (age 74)
1974, 1976, and 1980 Indianapolis 500 champion
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career|
|35 race(s) run over 12 year(s)|
|Best finish||33rd - 1981 (Winston Cup)|
|First race||1963 Daytona Qualifier #2 (Daytona)|
|Last race||1988 Checker 500 (Phoenix)|
|First win||1963 Daytona Qualifier #2 (Daytona)|
|Last win||1963 Daytona Qualifier #2 (Daytona)|
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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