FENWICK: Spinning Wheels
CONCORD, N.C. — The question of age has officially come up in NASCAR.
The incident on Sunday between 24-year-old Joey Logano and 72-year-old Morgan Shepherd has led many journalists to question whether or not Shepherd should have even been competing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Shepherd currently hold the record for oldest driver to start a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
Logano expressed his displeasure with Shepherd, at one point during his post-incident interview on TNT saying there should be a driver’s test in order to race in Sprint Cup.
“I got taken out by the slowest car out there,” Logano said after the crash. “You would think there would be some courtesy to the leaders. We were in second place. He gets out of the way on the straightaway and then goes into the corner and slides right up into the lane I was in. Whatever. I don’t know.
“I feel like there should be a driving test before you get out in a Cup car to make sure you know how to drive before you drive one,” Logano said.
Shepherd, for his part, met every requirement NASCAR has in order to compete. He passed his annual physical exam, his car passed inspection, he qualified and met minimum speed during the race. What more can be asked of him?
The only argument we have is why put Shepherd in that car instead of giving a younger driver an opportunity to perform? There are plenty of young drivers — guys like Ryan Sieg, Jeremy Clements and Ryan Preece come to mind.
So with all that said lets treat the incident with Logano and Shepherd for what it really was — an accident.
– Congratulations to the gang from the Flemington Speedway Historical Society, which recently received approval to become a private tax-exempt non-profit organization. The folks at FSHS have been doing a great job keeping the history of historic Flemington Speedway alive despite the track no longer being in existence. We recommend visiting www.flemingtonspeedwayhistoricalsociety.com to find out more and become a member.
– Word out of Nashville, Tenn., is that the All-American 400 at Fairgrounds Speedway will be held as a Pro Late Model race, not a super late model race. No word yet on how this will change the relationship between the facility and the Southern Super Series, which was sanctioning the event as its season finale. Stay tuned.
– It’s a shame the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race from New Hampshire Motor Speedway wasn’t on live TV Saturday. Based on social media reports it was a great race with a thrilling finish that saw Bobby Santos steal the from Ted Christopher victory in the final corners. On the positive side, the race is scheduled to air at Noon ET on July 18 on FOX Sports 1. Something is better than nothing.