Shepherd to become oldest Cup racer

Shepherd to become oldest Cup racer

Cup Series

Shepherd to become oldest Cup racer


Morgan Shepherd is set to make history this weekend at Loudon when he becomes the oldest driver to start a NASCAR Sprint Cup race. Shepherd, 71, is scheduled to drive the No. 52 Toyota for Brian Keselowski Motorsports.

Jim Fitzgerald holds the current record, having entered the 1987 event at Riverside when he was 65. 

Forty-three cars have entered the event, with the same amount of slots available, meaning Shepherd will be in the race unless there is a late entry.

“This is truly a milestone, a great opportunity and I want to thank all who are involved to help make this happen,” said Shepherd. “It will be good to be back for such a historical day, and I love the New Hampshire Speedway.”

The race will be Shepherd’s first Cup start since 2006. Shepherd, who made his debut in Cup in 1970, is currently competing in the Nationwide series.