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Hershel McGriff, 90, to race at Tucson Speedway in May

Hershel McGriff won't just compete in a NASCAR regional race at age 90; he will compete in equipment good enough to win.

McGriff, who turned 90 in December, will drive in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race May 5 at Tucson (Ariz.) Speedway, a 0.375-mile asphalt oval. He will drive for Bill McAnally Racing, one of the top teams on the circuit, with sponsorship from South Point Hotel & Casino.

McGriff, who won four races in 1954 in what is now the NASCAR Cup Series, last raced in the K&N series in 2012, having finished 18th in the event at Sonoma Raceway.

"Bill [McAnally] said to pick out a track anywhere on the West Coast that has a K&N race and that's where we'll race," McGriff said in a news release. "Tucson's my home. So, we decided on Tucson, although I haven't run here that much. It's going to be fun.

"I hope I do well for his sake. I think I can."

McGriff has won 35 races in the series, the most recent coming in 1989, and he was named one of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers in 1998.

"I was extremely privileged to be associated with one of the 50 greatest drivers In NASCAR when Hershel drove for us in 2001," McAnally said. "It's great to have him back."

NASCAR, which requires drivers to pass a physical, has no maximum age rule. The K&N series typically is a mix of young drivers working their way up the NASCAR ranks (a la Class A baseball) and veterans of the series.

McGriff practiced his car at Tucson Speedway on Thursday. NASCAR officials were in attendance to monitor McGriff's ability behind the wheel.