81-Year-Old Is Oldest To Drive In NASCAR Event

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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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.

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