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Morgan Shepherd, at 71, Breaks NASCAR Age Record

Morgan Shepherd NASCARUpdated July 15, 2013

Morgan Shepherd has become the oldest driver, at 71, to start a race in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series race.

Shepherd started 41st in the 43-car field at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 14, driving for Brian Keselowski Motorsports, and completed 92 laps of the 301-lap race before he pulled into the garage.

The previous record was set by Jim Fitzgerald when he started the June 1987 Cup race at Riverside International Raceway at age 65.

Here are 10 intriguing facts about Shepherd:

 

Shepherd clearly has a higher calling. “For whatever reason, the Lord has blessed me with my health and I know that everybody can’t do what I do,” he told Sports Illustrated in 2002. “I still roller-skate and drive a race car 200 miles-an-hour. But that’s not what my life is about. It’s to encourage people to take care of themselves. It’s not over after 50 years old.”

 

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