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.
INDYCAR and Dallara revealed on Monday that a front wing extension will be made available to Verizon IndyCar Series teams to use as part of the super speedway aero package for the universal aero kits.
The extensions are expected to provide an increase in front downforce, by a minimum of three percent, and teams will be free to use them as needed. Dallara is also providing an additional wicker that can be used as a part of the extension.
The change comes in the wake of drivers voicing concerns about stability at the front of the car, especially while running in traffic – concerns which surfaced initially during Indianapolis 500 practice.
More details about the change can be viewed on IndyCar’s website.