Morgan Shepherd, 71, hoping for further starts in Cup

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Morgan Shepherd hopes he hasn’t written the last chapter to his NASCAR Sprint Cup resurrection story.

The 71-year-old did in fact start last weekend’s Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and ran 92 laps. That made him the oldest Cup starter in series history.

According to the Associated Press, he’s working on possible sponsorship for the race at Pocono Raceway in August, and will then work towards a qualifying attempt in next year’s Daytona 500.

Shepherd last made the field for the Daytona 500 in 1997, and his most recent attempt to qualify there was in 2006.

FIA returns Manor’s F1 entry fee for 2017

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Good news: Manor Grand Prix Racing Limited got a refund of an entry fee it paid to the FIA to run in this year’s F1 season.

Bad news: Manor still hasn’t run this year, and won’t be for the foreseeable future (especially as Manor’s former leadership staff is moving that team into FIA WEC’s new-look LMP1 class in addition to its LMP2 program).

Manor Group’s receivership outfit, Just Racing Services Limited, went into administration earlier this year. As there was no new buyer for the F1 team, Manor dropped from the 2017 grid before the season.

The FIA said it would return its entry fee to help Manor Group pay off outstanding debts.

It basically means nothing in the grand scheme of things since Manor missed out on 10th place in the constructor’s standings in 2016 and fell from the F1 grid as a result, but hey, it’s a goodwill gesture going into Thanksgiving this week.