• 2009 NASCAR Road Course Races

    NASCAR Camping World West Series

     

    Ross Phillips  –  You’re amazing Hershel. I remember going to many Winston West races in Portland, Monroe, Washington and Victoria, B.C. Canada to see you race against all of the best in the Pacific Northwest. Such greats as Roy Smith, Gary Kershaw, Derrike Cope, Jim Bown and many others. They were fantastic races and you were always a crowd favorite. It’s so great to see that you still have what it takes. All the best to you and “Thanks for the memories”

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    Gary Faules  –  I sure hope someone will get some photos on the track.

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    Gary Faules  –  Hershel & Sherrie,  Especially after spending the day at Thunderhill with all of you I am so excited about this weeks race I can’t sit still. I’m going to wear out my fingers keeping them crossed this long.

    Anyone else who knows Hershel already knows the last thing Hershel needs is a fire built under his ass. On Monday I asked him, “Are you having fun?” and his eyes lit up and he said, “As long as I’m fast I am.” Speaking of eyes and Hershel, I can tell you from my own personal experience, having been blind for several years, that the visions Hershel sees are not the same as one gets from the use of their eyes.

    Carl Jung (1875 ~ 1961) a Swiss psychiatrist, an influential thinker and the founder of analytical psychology known as Jungian psychology wrote, “Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.” Pick your dream carefully because we can become no larger than our vision. The size of your dream limits the size of your accomplishments. Although poor eyes limit what we can see, poor vision limits what we can do. Not only does Hershel have excellent vision he clearly knows what dreams he intends to fulfill.

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    Jim & Marybeth Fulton  –  Hershel & Sherrie,  We know you are having a great time!  Best of luck at Portland……….We know you’ll make this one!!!!!!  Take care of Crystal.  We’ll keep watching the blog!  Hope to visit soon!!!!!!   XOXOXOXO

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    Curtis Langer  –  Looking forward to the event in Portland this weekend of July 18th-19th. First saw Hershel race at Stockton California in the middle 1960’s in a Pacific Coast late model race now the Camping West series. Had the great pleasure seeing him announce his comback in the late 1960’s starting with a win in the same series at Riverside International Raceway race. Probably have seen hime race between Portland, Yakima, Monroe & 25+ other tracks, Elscan, Nascar & other series race between some 135-140 races. He is always a fan’s & sponser’s dream. Always have thought he was the West Coast version of Richard Petty including the nick name “The King.” Thanks for so many years of enjoyment & especialy being able to see you race again this weekend. A note to his fans his two son’s Doug & Hershell Jr. were great racers too.

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    Cooper Maixner  –  Hershel, I grew up watching you race out at Portland Speedway and no matter who was in the race you were always our guy. You always took the time to sign autographs or talk racing with us kids and we’ll never forget that. Just like the old days my cousin David and I will be out at PIR cheering you on. Hopefully we’ll get a chance to say hi. We’re really hoping that things come together and you’re competitve but no matter what we know we’ll see a real class act out there. Give em’ hell Hershel!!!!

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    Marcia Maes  –  I remember watching you in Portland Oregon, at the Portland Speedway, racing against Dick Bown my entire family fell in love with you. My son idolized you, we have pictures of him with you when you were driving the 04 car, sponsored by Olympia Beer..he was 4 then and now he is going on 40 and still idolizes you!!! Keep up the good work, you are the greatest!

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    JMMPark  –   Good Luck with the testing–Due to all the rule changes, It should be noted the work that was done to transform the car from what it was to what it is, was SIMPLY AMAZING. I have gained a new respect for what it takes to build one! (Somebody should have taken some photos)!!!!  Anyone who knows will appreciate the craftmanship. My hat is off to J.R.

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    Frank McKinnon  –    Hershel, Nice to see a man is such great shape. Thanks for signing the 53 ford panamerica cars hood. The car was painted at fords test factory for the 100 years of ford. Your addition makes it perfect.

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    Robert Newman  –  Can’t wait to see you race in Portland. You and my uncle Jimmie Shull used to drive tow trucks together. I met you once at Jimmie’s anniversary party. Good luck!

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    Val & Jeff  –  This is just AWESOME!!! Congrats! This just goes to prove that one is NEVER too old for anything! We will keep checking in on the progress.  We will be cheering you on! (even if it’s from Ohio)  (hey the blog was a smart idea!)

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    Larry  – Wish I knew enough about working on race cars, to be able to get on Hershel’s crew. Just have to be satisfied doing the drywall remodel work on their house. Win some races, I’m sure Sherrie has a few more ideas for the house………lol. 

    Give them hell Hershel!

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    Gary Faules    –  Hershel is like a fine wine… Just keeps getting better with age.

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    Gary Faules  –  How cool is THAT (Vanishing Point cameo)!  Not only did I enjoy the original Vanishing Point when it came out but I also enjoyed the remake that Hershel was in and now that I know Hershel was in it I am going to pick it up for my personal stock and watch it again. Steve McQueen had nothing on Hershel. LOL

    In the mean time here is wishing you a safe trip up to Portland and much success. Amazing when you think about it… Portland is where it all began when Hershel borrowed the family car and entered a local oval track race. I guess you could say Hershel has gone full circle, no pun intended. What am amazing journey his life has been. 

    You know what they say about us Oregon country boys… We don’t tan… We rust. The problem with that is, Hershel never sat still long enough to rust.

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    Carson Sheller  –  Great interview from Infineon with Mike Joy on Wind Tunnel / Speed TV last nite , well done! Sign me up for the Hershal McGriff Story in a hard back!  giddy up!

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    Ed Borgers  –  It was either 1950 as Elden recalls or 1951 when Herschel stopped at the CHOG in Sioux Falls in his 50 Olds. I believe the Olds was yellow. A great memory for me. I also happened to be watching the race on Speed Channel when Herschel dropped out and sadly walked away to “retire”.

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    Carson Sheller  – What an amazing BIO…perhaps the most underrated driver in the history of motorsports.  giddy up

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     Elden Nielsen  –  Oh yes, I was alive and well in 1950 when he stopped at ‘our’ farm in SD after winning the “Pan American” (he is after all related, being my sister-in-law’s brother) He was returning to Portland after going to Detroit to ‘pick up’ a new cherry red 88 with compliments of GM. Thanks for sharing.

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    Gary Faules  –  We all have our fingers crossed but in any event Hershel is and always will be a winner in our eyes. Just the fact that he’s there doing it is an unbelievable feat in anyone’s book. Knowing Hershel I am positive this will be quickly put behind him as he looks forward to the next race. All racers have these sorts of set backs but it’s always the winners that noty only accept the challenge but in fact look forward to it.

    Theodore Roosevelt said it best…. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out where the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with dust and sweat and blood. At best, he knows the triumph of high achievement; if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

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    Gary Faules  –  Three guys at the retirement home were sitting around talking and one said, “Anyone want to paly a game of old maid?” The second one said, “That sounds like fun but we need another player to make it a foursome. Where’s McGriff?” The third guy replied, “Better count Hershel out. Last week he had a new race car built and he’s racing at Infineon this weekend.”

    How cool can any one man be in one lifetime? Just last week Hershel test a brand new, never before been raced car and today at the age of 81 he qualified for tomorrow’s Nascar race. When I die, I want to come back as Hershel McGriff.

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    Carson Sheller  –  Wishing Mr. Hershel McGriff a safe and successful race weekend at Infineon, truly an inspiration for all of us.  Giddy up!     Carson Scheller, Los Alamos, Ca   –  La Carrera Panamericana Original Class winner 2007 + 2008
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    Gary Faules  –  Sherrie & Hershel, Thanks for an awesome day at the track and the best of luck tomorrow.  I can’t wait to see you on the track again.  There are an awful lot of McGriff fans pulling for you and you are such an inspiration to us all.

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    GinaYOU ROCK DAD——I LOVE YA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Jeff Nielsen, nephew glad to get the news,…and thank you for all updates!

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    JMMPark — Thanks for including me as I would not miss this deal for anything!!

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