Shepherd to Set Cup Age Record
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on July 8, 2013 | 5:37 P.M. EST
The 71-year-old Shepherd is listed as the driver of the No. 52 car owned by Bob Keselowski. (Photo: Getty Images)
The 71-year-old Shepherd is listed as the driver of the No. 52 car owned by Bob Keselowski. There are 43 cars listed on the preliminary entry list that NASCAR released Monday. Unless there are any additions, every car will make the field for Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301.
Shepherd was born less than two months before the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor, which led to the United States’ entry in World War II. He would surpass Jim Fitzgerald as the oldest starter in a Cup race. Fitzgerald was 65 years, 6 months, 20 days when he ran at Riverside, Calif., in June 1987. He finished 17th.
The next oldest driver to start a Cup race is Hershel McGriff, who was 65 years, 5 months, 2 days when he ran at Sonoma in May 1993. He placed last in the 43-car field.
James Hylton attempted to make the 2007 Daytona 500 at age 72 but failed to advance in his qualifying race.
Shepherd last ran a Cup race in Sept. 2006 at New Hampshire, finishing 42nd. He’s run in four Nationwide races this season with a best finish of 35th at Talladega and Kentucky. He placed last in the 40-car field at Daytona last weekend.