74-year-old Morgan Shepherd set to make his 92nd career start at Daytona

(Photo courtesy Shepherd Racing Ventures)

Jeff Gordon retired at 44 years old. Tony Stewart will retire at season’s end at 45.

Meanwhile, there’s no retirement for Morgan Shepherd, who is still going at 74 years old.

The veteran NASCAR driver announced Wednesday that he’ll compete in the Feb. 20 Xfinity Series season-opening PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway.

Shepherd will extend a personal DIS record with his 92nd career start there.

Yes, you read that right – 92 starts at the superspeedway, per the track’s media guide. Broken down, that’s: Xfinity Series (26 starts), Trucks (3 starts), Sprint Unlimited qualifiying race (1 start), Sprint Unlimited (5 starts), Can-Am Duel (23), Coke Zero 400 (18 starts) and Daytona 500 (15).

“Our Camaro is coming together nicely,” Shepherd said in a media release. “It’s from the (Richard Childress Racing) shop, so we know it’s a fast car.

“And now that Tony Furr has come on board as crew chief, I think we’re starting out pretty well.”

Furr is a veteran crew chief who previously worked for Hendrick Motorsports, Petty Enterprises, Felix Sabates Racing and Cale Yarborough Racing, among others.

“Morgan’s got a good ride for Daytona, there’s no doubt about that,” Furr said. “We just have to get it prepared properly so when we unload, we are competitive from the get go.”

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