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Legends preparing to strap in

Updated: March 17, 2009, 4:00 PM ET
By Ed Hinton | ESPN.com

Invite a bunch of retired NASCAR drivers to run in a charity race, and all of a sudden they're not acting very retired -- and they're jawing.

Junior Johnson, at 77 the oldest driver in the field for the 35-lap Saturday Night Special late-model race at storied Bristol Motor Speedway this Saturday, is back to the aw-shucks verbal sandbagging of his days as a driver and then as an owner.

"It's a charity thing, is the reason I'm driving in it," said Johnson, the living legend ...

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