• 90-year-old driver finishes last in NASCAR event

    By: Bob D'Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk


    TUCSON, Ariz. - Hershel McGriff struck a blow for elderly drivers everywhere Saturday.

    McGriff, who turned 90 in December, became the oldest racer to compete in a NASCAR-sponsored event, finishing last in the K&N Pro Series West event at Tucson Speedway, ESPN reported.

    McGriff was six laps down to the winner. 

    Driving on the three-eighths-mile track was a snap, McGriff said, but he was more nervous about playing the national anthem on his trombone to kick off the race.

    “Instead of racing young kids at 120 miles per hour, he’s more nervous about playing his trombone,” Tucson Speedway president John Lashley told the Arizona Daily Star. “He’s just wound different than you and me.”

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