Kicker: NASCAR senior

MARY REICHARD, HOST: Ninety-year old Hershel McGriff, senior, made history two weeks ago at Tucson Speedway in Arizona. He became the oldest person ever to compete in a NASCAR race.

He tells the television station KGUN that age doesn’t matter on the track—

MCGRIFF: When I get my helmet on, nobody knows how old I am and they might say, ‘Well, who’s that guy that just went by me?’

McGriff began his career in 1945, and last raced in 2012.

He passed a stress test before the Tucson race— which he also kicked off by playing the national anthem on his trombone before the crowd.

He says he was more nervous about that.

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