He made history last July when he ran the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Loudon, and now, Morgan Shepherd wants to break his own record as the oldest driver to start a Cup race.
Shepherd turned 72 years old in October, and would beat his old mark of 71 if he makes the field for this year’s Daytona 500. Per the Sporting News’ Bob Pockrass and other media reports, Shepherd will attempt to qualify for the ‘500 in the No. 93 Toyota with backing from the Support Military Foundation.
The car is from BK Racing, but not owned by BK. Interestingly, Shepherd’s Loudon start came for in the No. 52 BK Motorsports Ford – a different team and separate organization, run by Brad Keselowski’s older brother Brian Keselowski.
The BK Racing team will field rookies Alex Bowman and Ryan Truex in its two Toyotas for the full season. By comparison, those two combined are only 41 years old (Bowman 20, Truex 21), some 31 years younger than Shepherd.
Shepherd has not attempted to qualify for the 500 since 2006, when he missed the show. He also failed to qualify in 1999 and 2005 since he last made the field in 1997, driving the No. 1 Delco Remy America Pontiac for Richard Jackson. He finished second to the late Davey Allison in the 1992 ‘500, driving for the Wood Brothers.
In 2007, James Hylton, who was also 72 at the time, attempted but failed to qualify for the Daytona 500.