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Shepherd looks to make history at Daytona 500

February 05, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Shepherd looks to make history at Daytona 500
72-year-old aims to be the oldest driver in Daytona 500 history

Morgan Shepherd will aim to be the oldest driver to ever race in the Daytona 500 when he tries to qualify for The Great American Race later this month.

Shepherd will attempt to qualify in the No. 93 Support Military Foundation Toyota. BK Racing confirmed it was leasing the car to Shepherd.

Shepherd, who turned 72 in October, is already the oldest driver to start a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. That happened last July at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He partnered with Support Military Foundation for that race and completed 92 laps to finish in 41st place.

Shepherd has competed in 15 Daytona 500s, with the most recent coming in 1997. He best finish was a second-place result in the 1992 edition of the race.

The driver has made 515 career Cup starts, dating back to 1970.

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