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Life Never Slows Down For McGriff…

July 23, 2009

Life Never Slows Down for McGriff  —  Wednesday July 22, 2009 @ 01:25 PM EDT

When he took the green flag at Portland International Raceway on Sunday, 81-year-old Hershel McGriff became the oldest driver to compete in a NASCAR event (at the national or regional level).

Since Sunday, he could also be considered the busiest driver in NASCAR. Hershel has been swamped with interview requests from media outlets across the country. He even responded to a request for an interview from the BBC World Service in London, England. Everybody wants to talk to Hershel.

It’s been great to watch his interviews – and there have been many of them, including ESPN2’s “NASCAR Now” and “First Take.” Hershel has always had an appreciation for the media. And they seem to appreciate him.

Pressed about his secret for staying so young, Hershel says he has tried to stay as active as possible and take good care of himself. Well, it appears to be working. He is sharp mentally and physically. He serves as an inspiration that just because you reach retirement age does not mean you have to be headed for a rocking chair.

Next up for Hershel is the third road course event of the season for the NASCAR Camping World Series West – at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah on Aug. 1. More racing and already more media requests. Life never slows down for Hershel McGriff.



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