MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- NASCAR Hall of Famer Junior Johnson has been hospitalized in North Carolina and two sources close to the 80-year-old legend said he is being treated for a staph infection related to a 2009 back surgery.
Johnson initially was hospitalized on Tuesday near his farm in Wilkes County, N.C. He has since been moved to the Duke University hospital.
Sources close to the situation said the former driver/owner known as "The Last American Hero'' also needs a pacemaker, but the procedure can't be completed until the infection clears.
Johnson is expected to be released from the hospital within the week.
Johnson was one of the five original selections to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2009. He won 50 races as a driver and 132 races and six championships as a Cup owner.