On Sunday 81-year-old driver Hershel McGriff finished 13th out of 26 at the Bi-Mart Salute to the Troops 125 on the road course at Portland International Raceway in the NASCAR Camping World West Series. McGriff was the defending champion. He won the only other time the series – then known as Winston West – visited the track in 1986.
It would be easy to make jokes about McGriff’s appearance in the race. I could tell you that the race was marred by several EFFERDENT debris cautions. I could say that McGriff would have taken a top five had he not stopped at Old Country Buffet. I could tell you that he ignored his crew chief in favor of watching a Matlock rerun on a tiny handheld TV. A lesser writer might inform you that McGriff had his left-hand turn blinker on during the entire race. Or I could say how McGriff, Mark Martin, Wilford Brimley and Don Ameche all went swimming in a pod-filled pool and it gave them youthful vigor. I could tell you that McGriff ran the first 1992 Buick LeSabre in a NASCAR race and that he took up two parking spaces when he put the car in the garage. I could do all of these things, but I won’t.
Instead I leave you with this video of McGriff driving one lap around the Portland track without taking a single bathroom break:
Congrats to McGriff. By all accounts he ran a solid race, and as the video proved, he is as sharp as a tack. Here’s hoping the old man races again.
McGriff finishes 13th at Portland (ESPN)