July 20, 2009
Eighty-one-year-old Hershel McGriff became
the oldest driver to take part in a national NASCAR series race,
finishing 13th in a Camping World West Series event at Portland
International Raceway on Sunday.
Jim Inglebright of Fairfield, Calif., won the Bi-Mart Salute to
the Troops 125 on Portland's 1.98-mile road course.
In a career that has spanned more than six decades, McGriff has
four NASCAR Cup series victories and 37 wins on the West series. He
is a member of the Motorsports Hall of Fame.
McGriff was the defending champion in Portland winning the only
other time the series -- then known as Winston West -- visited the
track in 1986.