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A turn in history: Three generations of McGriff racers

Posted at 3:52 PM, May 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-04 18:04:14-04

It was a birthday present like none other for 90-year-old Hershel McGriff.

"Nothing this big," the veteran Nascar driver said.

McGriff was offered the opportunity to get behind the wheel this weekend at Tucson Motor Speedway in the Nascar K&N race.

It's understandable if you're wondering if a 90-year-old is fit to compete in a car race.

"NASCAR wanted to know that too," McGriff chuckled.

Nascar representative Brett Bodine flew in to put McGriff through a fifty lap test. They also made him get tested by a cardiologist.

"When he got through, he showed me the screen," said McGriff. "He said you have one of the strongest hearts I've seen. When I get my helmet on, no one knows how old I am. They may say,  'who's that guy who just went by me'."

For those wondering how his family feels about him racing, they'll be at the track. That's because they'll also be competing.

There's 61-year-old Hershel McGriff Jr.

"It's been a lot of fun because we did this for so many years since I was a little kid."

And, there is 23-year-old granddaughter Mariah McGriff.

"I'm glad that we can do it as a family now, as I'm old enough to enjoy it," she said. "My grandfather is more than capable."

The McGriffs won't all be in the same race, but as three generations, they'll drive into the history books together at Tucson Motor Speedway.

"It's the first time in all of Nascar history that it's happened, so it's a big event," Mariah McGriff said.