Hershel McGriff exhibited a competitive passion that lasted longer than any driver in NASCAR history.
- Inducted: 2023
His first race was the 1950 Southern 500, in the NASCAR Cup Series' sophomore season, at the age of 22.
His final NASCAR race was at Tucson Speedway in the NASCAR Pro Series West – in 2018 at the age of 90.
McGriff started 85 races in parts of 28 NASCAR Cup Series seasons, capturing four wins – all in 1954, when he finished sixth in championship points.
But McGriff was one of the best drivers in what is now known as the ARCA Menards Series West. Competing in parts of 35 seasons, McGriff won 37 races, good for third on the all-time West Series wins list.
His signature year came in 1986 when he won the series title, part of a string of 10 consecutive seasons with finishes in the top 10 of championship points.
In 1998, McGriff was named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers.