Hershel McGriff is an 81-year-old NASCAR Driver

July 20, 2009

Meet Hershel McGriff, an 81-year-old NASCAR driver who took 13th place at Portland International Raceway yesterday. Read a biography of Hershel McGriff plus see photos and video here.

Hershel McGriff

Hershel McGriff

Hershel McGriff is in the news as the 81-year-old came in 13th place at Portland International Raceway on Sunday.

McGriff, a 1986 inductee into the Motorsports Hall of Fame, competed in his last race back in 2002. The NASCAR Camping World West Series race Sunday saw him break his previous record of being the oldest driver. Coincidentally, the first race at the track was won by McGriff. He came out of retirement this summer, where he entered three events. The one prior to Sunday’s race was at the Sonoma Infineon Raceway on June 20th (he did not qualify), and he plans on competing at a race on August 1st in Tooele, Utah. Read more about 81-year-old Hershel McGriff below.

Hershel McGriff Biography

As a biography, Hershel McGriff was born on December 14, 1927 in Bridal Veil, Oregon, so his age is 81.

McGriff’s first race was on September 16, 1945, after World War II, when racing resumed. He became the first winner of Carrera Panamericana in 1950. It was there that he met Bill France, Sr., NASCAR founder. France urged McGriff to race for NASCAR, and he did so at Daytona Beach, the Southern 500 races at Darlington Raceway, Detroit and Raleigh.

He opted to stay close to home and run his timber and mill business rather than race for Carl Kiekhaefer’s NASCAR team in 1955.

He took a hiatus from racing and in 1967, beat out Ron Grable in a photo finish race at Riverside.

At 61 years of age, he was the oldest driver to win a NASCAR race when he won the AutoZone West Series in 1989.

He participated in the NASCAR Suzuka Thunder Special in November 1996 where other NASCAR champs came together for an exhibition race. He came in 25th. You can read much more of his racing accomplishments here.

Best of luck to you on your race on August 1st, Mr. McGriff. We will be rooting for you!

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