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Who Is The Oldest NASCAR Driver?

Who Is The Oldest NASCAR Driver

Morgan Shepherd is the oldest NASCAR driver; he is now semi-retired from the sport and currently 78 years old. He is the owner of his own race team, the Shepherd Racing Ventures and has London Cassill as his full time diver. The last time Shepherd competed was in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2019 driving a #89 Chevy Camaro on behalf of his team.


Racing Career

Morgan Shepherd was born October 12, 1941 in Ferguson North Carolina. His racing career began in 1967 when he began racing at the Hickory Motor Speedway. This track was near his house and is where Shepherd began to make a name for himself. Although he was fast on the track, he also had his fair share of crashes as well. Over the course of the next year Shepherd would go on to win 21 out of the 29 races he participated in. It would take time, but eventually in 1975 Shepherd competed in his first NASCAR race. Shepherd has had a long career and history within the sport, the 2019 season was his 52nd season racing and he remains one of the few people to both own a NASCAR team while also competing as a driver.

Shepherd still plans to continue to participate in NASCAR racing for as long as he can. Outside of the sport of NASCAR Shepherd has famously picked up roller skating which he can be seen skating around after races. Shepherd is also passionate about giving back and his racing team runs a successful charity, The Morgan Shepherd Charitable Fund. This program was established back in 1986 to help disabled and hadicapped adults in America find jobs and teach valuable daily skills.

Racing Accomplishments

Shepherd has left his legacy on the sport of NASCAR setting many records and dominating for so many years. Some of the records Shepherd has set include:

  • Oldest Driver to compete the Sprint Cup Race (2014, 72 years old)
  • 517 races run in over 29 years (NASCAR Cup Series)
  • 453 Races run in over 33 years (NASCAR Xfinity Series)
  • 1980 NASCAR Late Model Sportsman Division Champion
  • Second Oldest Race Winner after winning the Spring Race in Atlanta in 1993
  • Competed for 52 seasons
  • 2005 NMPA (National Motorsport Press Association) Man of the Year

Other Notable Older NASCAR Drivers

Besides Morgan Shepherd there are a couple other older drivers who have their own legacy within the sport. Harry Grant, otherwise known as "Handsome Harry," is the only NASCAR driver to be older than Shepherd and start a race. Throughout his career is he was famous for the racing the #33 Skoal Bandit car. Mark Thompson is another older race car driver, as he turned 68 years old in 2020. While he has been racing for the majority of his life, he has only been racing within NASCAR for the last seven years. He currently drives car #13 for MBM Motorsports.