Hershel McGriff exhibited a competitive passion that lasted longer than any driver in NASCAR history.
His first race was the 1950 Southern 500, in the NASCAR premier series’ sophomore season, at the age of 22.
His final NASCAR race was at Sonoma Raceway in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West in 2012 —at the age of 84. In between: Greatness, and lots of it. McGriff competed in parts of 28 NASCAR premier series seasons, capturing four wins —all in 1954. But in what is now the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, McGriff displayed an excellence that made him one of the best in series history. 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 in championship points. In 1991, McGriff was the recipient of the Bill France Award of Excellence. He was named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998.