On the day Morgan Shepherd was born in the tiny hamlet of Ferguson, N.C., to a Wilkes County moonshine runner and his wife, NASCAR was still more than six years away from being created.
Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the 71-year-old Shepherd will officially become the oldest driver in NASCAR Sprint Cup history when he pilots a Brian Keselowski-owned Toyota in the Camping World RV Sales 301 at the 1.058-mile track.
It will be Shepherd's 515th career Sprint Cup start dating back to June 20, 1970 at Hickory, N.C.
And he won't just be setting the age record, he'll be shattering it: The current record for the oldest Cup driver was set by Jim Fitzgerald when he was 65 years, 6 months and 20 days and raced at Riverside International Raceway on June 21, 1987.
"This is truly a milestone, great opportunity and I thank all who are involved to help make this happen," said Shepherd. "My first Sprint Cup race since 2006. Will be good to be back for such a historical day. Plus, I love...