Spanning nearly four decades, Hershel McGriff’s career was marked by 4 wins, 5 pole positions and 31 top-10 finishes. McGriff began racing in 1945, and soon caught NASCAR founder Bill France’s eye, who convinced him to race at the first Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Since then there was no looking back for McGriff.
1954 was his career best season, with a sixth ranking in the NASCAR Cup Series points race, even though he had missed the first 10 events earlier in the year. He accumulated four race wins from the last nine races, and even had back-to-back wins at Macon, Georgia and then at Charlotte and North Carolina.
McGriff retired from racing only at the age of 74 and was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2006.