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Shepherd, 72, aims to qualify for Daytona 500

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Feb 06 2014 10:15:50 AM CST
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Veteran NASCAR driver Morgan Shepherd will try to become the oldest driver to qualify for the Daytona 500 this month.

The 72-year-old will drive the No. 93 Support Military Foundation Toyota fielded by BK Racing.

Shepherd competed in a Sprint Cup race last year for the Support Military Foundation at New Hampshire, becoming the oldest to race in the series. It was his first Cup race since 2006.

Last year, Shepherd started eight races in the Nationwide Series and in 2011 ran all 34 races on the circuit.

Shepherd's best finish in 15 Daytona 500 races was second in 1992. The last of his four career wins in NASCAR's top series came in 1993.

Daytona 500 qualifying for the top two spots will be Feb. 16. The remainder of the field for the Feb. 23 race will be set after the Budweiser Duel at Daytona on Feb. 20.

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