Legendary NASCAR West driver Hershel McGriff is coming out of retirement to compete in the Bennett Lane Winery 200, presented by Supercuts, this Saturday June 20, 2009 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California.
The 81 year old McGriff retired from racing in 2002 and says he will run two more NASCAR Camping World Series West road - course events after this weekends stop in Sonoma. He would become the oldest person to win a NASCAR top level series race if he were to take the checkers in either of the three races.
"After I quit in 2002, I often said I'd like to come back and try a short-track race when I was 80," McGriff said recently. "Well, I missed that."
McGriff has quite a history at Infineon Raceway, earning NASCAR West Series victories at the famed road - course in 1983, 1985, 1987 and 1989. He still holds the track record for most West Series poles with three.
"I heard about the two road-course races at Infineon and in Utah," McGriff said of his 2009 campaign. "I thought it would be nice to fix the car up and run all three. So, that's what we're doing. I'm looking forward to it. I hope I haven't lost my touch."
McGriff has enjoyed a stellar career behind the wheel, posting 35 NASCAR West wins and 37 poles as well as winning the 1986 NASCAR West Series championship. He was presented the NASCAR Award of Excellence and named one of the 50 Greatest Drivers in NASCAR in 1998. He was also named by the fans as Most Popular Driver in the NASCAR West Series a record 12 consecutive years, 1981 through 1992 and was inducted into the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame in 2003.
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