Morgan shepherd: The Ironman of NASCAR

In Nascar getting to the top three series is an accomplishment of its self but staying there is another thing. Morgan shepherd started his Nascar career in 1970 making three starts that year with a best finish of 14th. However morgan would not run another race in the cup series until 1977 and would not run full time until 1981. He would score his first victory that year at Martinsville leading a race high 203 laps.

Shepherd would bounce from team to team the next couple years also scoring his second career victory at Atlanta in 1986 holding off the late great Dale Earnhardt. After that year he would bounce around again winning his 3rd race at Atlanta in 1990. Shepherd would then move to the Wood Brothers a team with a long glorious history in Nascar and would score his final cup series win with the team in 1993 which would be the final time the Wood Brothers would win until 2001.

From then Morgan’s success in the cup series was far and few between. Although he didn’t have much success there he never gave up racing part time for his own team starting in 2002. Not adding much success there he would vouch around a little bit more in the cup series. Shepherd would become the oldest driver to start a race at the age of 71 when he started the race at New Hampshire Motorspeedway. He would also become the oldest driver to lead a Nascar cup series event leading at Darlington extending a record he already owned to 75 years of age.

Now competing regularly in the Nascar Xfinity Series at Texas Motorspeedway yesterday he started his 1000th career race in Nascar. Shepherd now sits only 185 races away from having more career starts then Richard Petty.

One thing is for certain Morgan Shepherd isn’t slowing down anytime soon. If your looking for Mr. Shepherd you can always find him in the seat of a racecar. A hobby he has enjoyed since 1967 and for me as a fan I am so honored to be writing this. Here’s to you Mr. Shepherd and here’s to another 1000 career races.

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