71 Year Old to Start Sprint Cup Race

Morgan Shepherd will become the oldest driver to start a Sprint Cup race at the age of 71 this weekend.
Morgan Shepherd will become the oldest driver to start a Sprint Cup race at the age of 71 this weekend.

Morgan Shepherd is not your average race car driver. At the 71 years old most of us hope to be retired, however Morgan Shepherd is still a professional athlete and will break the age record for a Sprint Cup driver this weekend.

He will be racing for Brian Keselowski Motorsports and competing in the Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The current record for the oldest driver in a Sprint Cup race was set in 1987 when Jim Fitzgerald competed at Riverside at the age of 65. The only other driver to race at 65 years old, but a few months younger than Fitzgerald when he sat behind the wheel in 1993 at Sonoma.

Shepherd is no stranger to the race track, he has made 514 Sprint Cup starts during his racing career, and has won the cup four times. Rust may be a factor however, he has not started a race in the Sprint Cup since 2006. 64 at the time, he currently is the third oldest driver to start in the Sprint Cup.

In a press release announcing his start in this weeken’s race.”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.”

A part time driver on the Nationwide Series currently, Shepherd has not had the funding to compete full time. His best finish this year is 35th place.

At an age of 71 the only driving most of us would be doing would be from the comfort of our Buick, occasionally approaching the speed limit, Morgan Shepherd is starting a Sprint Cup race. He looks to keep defying age and continue living the dream of being a professional athlete.

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