NASCAR: 71-Year-Old Morgan Shepherd to Race this Week

June 29, 2012; Sparta, IN, USA; NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Morgan Shepherd seen during driver introductions before the Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Mandatory credit: Michael Hickey-USA TODAY Sports


There are numerous ugly, mean, (and often true) stereotypes about elderly people driving. They’re slow. They don’t know where they’re going. They always forget to turn those damn blinkers off. They keep asking why nobody is using the good ol’ horse-and-buggy system anymore. Morgan Shepherd, however, is not your average geriatric driver, and chances are he could embarrass you behind the wheel.

Shepherd is scheduled to drive at the Camping World RV Sales 301 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. At 71-years-old, Shepherd will become the oldest driver to start a Sprint Cup race, surpassing Jim Fitzgerald (who raced at age 65) to set the age record.

Understandable, Shepherd is excited for his record-breaking moment:

This is truly a milestone, a great opportunity and I want to thank all who are involved to help make this happen. This will be my first Sprint Cup race since 2006. It will be good to be back for such a historical day, and I love the New Hampshire speedway.

Shepherd is certainly a veteran racer; he has 514 career starts and four Sprint Cup wins under his pulled-up-to-his-ribs belt.

[Source: Sporting News]

Topics: Morgan Shepherd, NASCAR Sprint Cup

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