Posted: Sunday July 14, 2013 2:13 PM

Shepherd becomes oldest NASCAR driver in Cup race

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LOUDON, N.H. (AP) - Morgan Shepherd has become the oldest driver to start a race in NASCAR's Sprint Cup series.

The 71-year-old Shepherd started 41st in the 43-car field Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He made his Cup debut in 1970 and won four times in NASCAR's top series. He finished as high as fifth in the final standings in 1990 and hasn't started a Cup race since 2006. He last ran a full season in 1996.

Jim Fitzgerald was 65 when he raced in 1987 at Riverside International Raceway.

Shepherd says he plans to finish the 301-lap race and has no plans to start and park. He also wants to race again in the Cup series.

 
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