While much of the major news in the NASCAR world this week has been centered around another Jimmie Johnson win as well as the roof flap debacle at Daytona Motor Speedway, the best news was an announcement made by historic driver Morgan Shepherd about his return to the Sprint Cup Series.
At age 71, this 40 year NASCAR veteran will be making a step back up from the NASCAR Nationwide Series to become the oldest driver to compete in the Sprint Cup Series in this Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This legendary and inspirational athlete will step into the No. 52 Support Military/Victory Weekend Toyota for Bob Keselowski, the father of current Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski.
This born again Christian driver, who has continued to serve as a lay minister to the racing community, began his racing career like many of those who made this sport great – using his souped-up moonshine car to earn extra money to go racing on the weekends. After making his NASCAR début in 1970 at Hickory Motor Speedway, Shepherd continued to work hard until he was able to race his way into the Cup Series in 1981. Although unable to win a Cup Championship, Shepherd’s has continued to gain fans and turn heads in this sport and is sure to do the same this Sunday.
This fan will be watching and waiting for both a man and an inspirational driver to show that faith and hope can result in dreams come true no matter what obstacles may try to stand in your way. Thank you Morgan Shepherd for being an inspiration to all us sports fans out there!