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Sprint Cup entry list: Something old, something new

July 07, 2014, Staff report,

Shepherd, MacDonald join field of regulars at New Hampshire

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Two names -- one infrequent but veteran, and the other one new -- have joined the cast of regulars on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry list for this weekend's event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.


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Morgan Shepherd, 72, is listed as the driver of the Circle Sport Racing No. 33 Chevrolet for Sunday's Camping World RV Sales 301 (1 p.m. ET, TNT) at the 1.058-mile track. Eddie MacDonald will attempt to make his debut in NASCAR's premier series, driving the Go FAS Racing No. 32 Ford owned by fellow New England natives Frank Stoddard and Archie St. Hilaire.

Both drivers have historic starts in mind.

Shepherd will attempt to stretch his own record as the oldest driver to compete in NASCAR's top division. Shepherd set the longevity mark as a 71-year-old at New Hampshire last July and extended it earlier this season at Phoenix International Raceway when he drove to a last-place finish at the age of 72 years, 1 month and 23 days.

MacDonald, a Massachusetts native who celebrated his 34th birthday Monday, will attempt to complete double-duty this weekend, adding Sprint Cup to his regular driver duties in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Should he qualify for the 43-car field, he'll hold the distinction of having competed in all three NASCAR national series, the K&N circuit and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on the Loudon, New Hampshire, track.

Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is scheduled Friday at 4:40 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1).


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