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September 15, 2009

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Radio Interview with Growingbolder.com

September 11, 2009

On August 19th, Hershel spoke via telephone with journalists Marc Middleton and Bill Shafer of “Growing Bolder” (growingbolder.com).  The Growing Bolder company produces and licenses active-lifestyle and wellness content for the Web, TV and Radio.   They are Emmy Award-winning TV and radio people who like to tell stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.  Check out their site for amazing, inspirational stories!

 From their Facebook page:  “The Growing Bolder Radio Show connects you with people around the world who get the most out of life and prove that it’s never too late to follow your dreams. From ordinary people to world renowned experts, from Rhode Scholars to rock stars, Growing Bolder — which includes the radio show and the award-winning Web site, http://www.GrowingBolder.com — will show you possibilities for your future that were not possible a generation ago.”

Thanks to Growing Bolder for a fantastic interview and for the use of it’s content.  🙂

 Hershel McGriff Radio Interview with Growingbolder.com

 

Video Interview compilation

August 25, 2009

Hi all…thought I’d post this YouTube video I put together for Hershel’s race archive.  I plan to do the same for the three big interviews (ESPN’s Nascar Now, Speed’s Windtunnel and FoxBusiness News),  in the next day or two!  But for now, enjoy…Hershel sure looks and sounds like a million bucks, it’s obvious that he is truly in his element and enjoying life to the fullest in these interviews!  😉

Miller Motorsports Park news articles

August 4, 2009
 
Photo shot by Crystal Davis - C Davis Photography - 2009

C Davis Photography - 2009 ©

 Hershel McGriff in turn one at end of front straight-away…

A few great news articles and video interviews about or with Hershel.  I will post personal photos & video clips soon as I am making my way through over 2 gigs of stuff!  Loads of great stuff coming so stay tuned!  😉 

The Arizona Daily Star

Salt Lake Tribune

Deseret News

Tooele Transcript Bulletin

VIDEOS:

ABC4 News

Miller Motorsports Interview

KSTU (FOX-13)  –  For Big Budah’s interview go to http://www.fox13now.com/news/gooddayutah/ then click on “Big Budah” (under video) and scroll through his video menu.  The videos were on page three at the time of this writing, so scroll three pages at least, possibly more and look for “Budah at Miller Motorsports”. There are five segments. You won’t want to miss these!!! 

Hello from Utah!

August 2, 2009

Hello McGriff race fans…

I haven’t had a chance to post to the site before now!  It has been a very exciting weekend here at Miller Motorsports Park.  Hershel finished one lap down due to a blown tire in the front stretch.  Everything else went well and the facility is gorgeous.  I’ll post pictures and video after arriving home late tonight.

Personal note from Hershel:  “Thanks everybody for your overwhelming support. When the tire started to chip, I should have known to come in for a tire change, but Jr & I thought I could make it to the end. Was a great weekend with friends and family.”

Cheers to all… 

Miller Motorsports Park Info – Jul 30-Aug. 1

July 27, 2009
First off…the Portland race is set to air on Speed TV at 3pm ET, Thursday, July 30th.  This weekend’s Miller Motorsports Race air time has yet to be announced, it too will air on the Speed channel.  I will update here as soon as I know more on that. 

The website for Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah:    http://www.millermotorsportspark.com/  You’ll find loads of great information there…track length and configuration to name a few.

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The schedule is as follows:

Friday, July 31  —  11:00am-noon   —  Practice
                                           1:45pm – 2:45pm  — Final Practice

Sat.  Aug. 1  —          10:00am Qualifying
                                         1:45pm    MILLER MOTORSPORTS PARK 125 RACE

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Also…a few interesting tidbits from the Portland race: 

 

First Practice Session PIR

First Practice Session PIR

 

Final Practice Session PIR

Final Practice Session PIR

 A very nice photo of the drivers making a lap with the Troops at PIR.  

Nice moment Drivers and Troops - Moses Smith on ground, Hershel McGriff above him.

Nice moment - Drivers and Troops - Moses Smith (on ground), Hershel McGriff above him.

Hershel mentioned on Late Night with Conan O’Brien

July 25, 2009

Fox Business Interview

July 25, 2009

Fox Business Interview  –  a FANTASTIC interview!!  😉

Racintoday.com article

July 24, 2009

How Old Is Too Old In Racing? Apparently Not 81

Hershel McGriff apparently can also still deliver some laughs at 81 years old. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images for NASCAR)  Hershel McGriff apparently can also still deliver some laughs as well as quality laps, at 81 years old. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images for NASCAR)  

By Mark Armijo | Senior Correspondent  —  RacinToday.com  —  Thursday July 23, 2009

A NASCAR Camping World West Series race at Portland International Raceway ended Sunday and Hershel McGriff still hasn’t pressed the brake pedal.

“It’s been crazy,” McGriff said Wednesday. “One interview after another. I was on NASCAR Now on Tuesday and then I did an interview with Fox. I was on ESPN First Take earlier (Wednesday) and I’ll be doing something with a Florida radio station later on. A BBC reporter even called me from London on Monday.

“My days have been filled up doing interviews from morning to night. I really don’t understand it. I didn’t think what I did was that big of a deal.”

Oh, yes it is.

At age 81 – no, not a misprint – McGriff became the oldest driver to compete in a NASCAR car, resetting a record he already held when he last competed in what was then called a Winston West Series race seven years ago at California Speedway.

 And this was no typical senior citizen on a Sunday drive. McGriff, who still holds several records in the West Series circuit, started last and one lap down in a field of 26 due to an equipment change. He finished 13th but was on the lead lap of a 66-lap road course race.

McGriff not only opened his own eyes with the performance, he caught the attention of many others.

“I hope I can wheel a car around like that when I’m 81,” said 33-year-old Moses Smith, who finished one lap down in 14th. “He gave us a run for our money. He held his own. He gave the faster cars room, but he still wasn’t backing down to anyone.”

McGriff, who has 20-20 vision and exercises regularly, always has been one to march to his own drum beat, admitting he turned down a 1955 invitation by NASCAR founder Bill France to drive a Chrysler at Daytona Beach, Fla.

“I turned it down because I wanted to spend more time with my family,” said McGriff, who won the 1950 Pan American Road Race in Mexico. “Tim Flock got the ride instead of me, and he won the national championship that year.”

McGriff chose to spend most of his career in the West Series (No. 3 all-time with 35 career wins), but still made 85 career Cup Series starts and won four races, all in the 1954 season when he finished sixth in the national championship standings.

McGriff made his final Cup start in a race at Sonoma, Calif., in 1993, when he was 65. His last victory made him NASCAR’s oldest winner when he won in 1989 (61 years, 4 months) in a West Series race in Bakersfield, Calif.

So what enticed stock car racing’s Old Man River to dust off the racing suit and helmet for another poke at racing glory?

“Everyone pretty much has been asking the same thing,” said McGriff, who moved from Oregon to Green Valley, Ariz., near Tucson about 25 years ago. “My answer is, ‘Why not?’ I’ve never got racing out of my blood. But I knew when I stopped racing seven years ago that I’d come back one day, I told some people that when I’m 80, I think I’ll run a race or two.

“Nothing happened when I turned 80, but a few months ago we had a big get-together in Portland with family and friends and I learned there was going to be a road course at Portland for the first time since I had won there in 1986. Someone asked me about being the grand marshal for the race and I wasn’t so sure about that.”

McGriff instead chose to scrub the mothballs from the stock car he last drove seven years ago and embark on a three-race schedule (all road courses) beginning with a race last month at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma.

Sherrie McGriff, who married Hershel 12 years ago, knew better than to raise an objecting hand.

“I couldn’t talk him out of it,” she said. “I didn’t even try. I knew when he made the decision it was going to happen. I either had to be mad or go along with it and be happy.”

She chose the latter and her husband chose to move onto the next step, which meant reaching into the checkbook to help underwrite the endeavor.

McGriff, however, also received sponsorship help from Park Corporation, a mining company he has worked for the past 54 years. Throw in pit crew help from son Hershel McGriff Jr.; son-in-law Chuck Bown, a former West Series champion; another relative who works for Red Bull Racing on the Cup circuit; and other family and friends, and the elder McGriff was off to the races.

McGriff, however, had a momentary hiccup by failing to qualify at Infineon, making the Portland stop his comeback race. McGriff’s final race is scheduled Aug. 1 in Tooele, Utah.

“The car wasn’t right and we just didn’t have any time to test before California,” McGriff said. “But I was happy with how I did at Portland. We still didn’t have the chassis right and I had the problem with the carburetor that made us have to start a lap down.

“We’ll figure it out and hopefully I’ll be able to run with the pack in Utah.”

What McGriff hasn’t figured out is why all the national attention after receiving virtually none when he left the sport in 2002?

“I don’t mind it,” McGriff said. “When I retired a few years ago, nobody knew who I was. I guess maybe it’s the magic number of 80.”

Maybe.

What is for certain is McGriff’s intention to give the circuit’s other drivers a run for their money.

“I think I can do a lot better in Utah,” said McGriff, whose blog (hershelmcgriff.wordpress.com) received about 4,000 hits Tuesday. “I have a race under my belt now. I mean, I’d love to win. That would really blow everyone’s mind, wouldn’t it?”

Sure, it would.

But even if McGriff doesn’t fare as well as hoped, what’s next? Is there a 2010 season in McGriff’s calendar?

Why not?

“I absolutely have no plans for next year,” McGriff said. “But I ride a bike (five miles) most every day, I do Pilates, my wife makes sure I eat right and I have a Total Gym in the house.

“And it kind of would be a shame to leave that car sit there after all the work we’ve done to it, wouldn’t it?”

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Fox Business Channel interview

July 24, 2009

Hi all…

Hershel did an interview with Fox which is scheduled to air this Friday, the 24th of July at 4:30 pm pacific time. It is to air on the show, “America’s Nightly Scoreboard” on the Fox Business channel.