Hershel McGriff is now the oldest racer to compete in a NASCAR-sanctioned event. The 90 year old racer ran the K&N Pro Series West event at Tucson Speedway Saturday.
McGriff finished 18th, six laps down in the Port of Tucson Twin 100. To his credit, McGriff was still running at the end of the 100-lap race.
McGriff won four Grand National Races (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup) races in 1954, that year he won the pole for the Cup race at the Piedmont Interstate Fairgrounds in Spartanburg. In 1998 he was named one of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers.
His first career start in the Cup series came in the first running of the Southern 500 in Darlington, where he finished 9th (in a field of 75 cars!)
And just in case that wasn’t enough, he started the night by playing the national anthem on his trombone.
"I've had a great life. I wouldn't backtrack for anything," McGriff told the Tucson Star. "I have family that's with me and behind me, so it's great."