Friday, May 01, 2009

Press Release.. Hershel McGriff Back With Nascar Again

Nope, I kid you not. My amazing friend and NASCAR legend, Hershel McGriff, just called me first to make the announcement that he will be running at Infineon International Raceway on the weekend of June 19 -June 21 during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 and is entered in the NASCAR Camping World Series West.

Gary and Hershel on holiday in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Besides winning the first ever world famous La Carrera Panamericana which was held almost 50 years ago Hershel still holds the distinction of being the oldest driver to have raced at the age of 65 but even more amazing when you consider that Hershel is now 81 years young and about to compete not only at Infineon but in fact the entire NASCAR Camping World Series West.

Hershel won a race in the initial year of the series with NASCAR, when it was known as the Pacific Coast Late Model series in 1954. With 35 victories, he is Winston West's winningest active competitor. He began his stock car career in September 1945 at Portland (Ore.) Speedway. He won the 1950 Mexican Road Race. He competed in the first Southern 500 at Darlington International Raceway. He accumulated the most wins (14) at the old Riverside (Calif.) International Raceway. He has competed in a stock car at LeMans, France, in Australia and in Japan. He won the 1986 NASCAR Winston West Series Championship. He tops the list of pole awards in Winston West Series poles (35).

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