October 12, 2019
Seth and Sutton Sharp
Morgan Shepherd was born on this date in 1941. Here are some incredible facts about the longevity of his career.
– Morgan made his NASCAR debut in 1970. The race was won by Bobby Isaac.
– Joe Nemechek was the only driver to start last week’s Cup Series race at Dover who was born before 1970. Nemechek was born in 1963. The next oldest driver in the field, Jimmie Johnson, was born in 1975.
– Morgan’s first career Cup Series win came in 1981 at Martinsville. He led 203/500 laps.
– He has competed under the “Grand National Division”, “Winston Cup Series”, “Nextel Cup Series” and “Sprint Cup Series” banners.
– He has competed under the “Budweiser Late Model Sportsman Series”, “Busch Grand National Series”, “Busch Series”, “Nationwide Series” and “XFINITY Series” banners.
– He also has raced a Truck under the “Craftsman Truck Series” and “Camping World Truck Series” banners.
– Ned Jarrett was the last Cup Series champion (1965) that Morgan has never competed in a race against. He has raced against every Cup Series champion since, as well as every XFINITY and Truck Series champion ever.
Morgan Shepherd driving at age 78 is like:
Rex White starting a race in 2007.
Ned Jarrett starting a race in 2010.
Richard Petty starting a race in 2015.
Cale Yarborough starting a race in 2017.
Darrell Waltrip starting a race in 2025.
Kyle Petty starting a race in 2038.
Jeff Gordon starting a race in 2049.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. starting a race in 2052.
Cole Custer starting a race in 2076.
Tyler Ankrum starting a race in 2079.
Happy Birthday Morgan!