NASCAR legend Morgan Shepherd diagnosed with Parkinson's disease

He was still racing in NASCAR at age 78

Longtime NASCAR driver Morgan Shepherd has been diagnosed with early stage Parkinson’s disease, his team announced Monday on its website.

Shepherd entered 16 races as a driver in 2019.

Shepherd entered 16 races as a driver in 2019.

Shepherd, 79, had driven in at least one of NASCAR’s three national series for over 50 years straight before this season. His last race was the 2019 Indiana 250 in the Xfinity Series, where he finished 36th.

“We all have had challenges to overcome and Morgan has always wanted to be an encourager, defying his age in physical and mental ability. Morgan's charity work with the physically challenged has inspired him in the toughest times and currently continues in his diagnosis,” the team said.

Shepherd has won four races in the NASCAR Cup Series including the 1990 Atlanta Journal 500.

Shepherd has won four races in the NASCAR Cup Series including the 1990 Atlanta Journal 500. (ISC Archives/CQ-Roll Call Group via Getty Images)

Shepherd fielded a car for driver Landon Cassill in several Xfinity Series races this year and plans to return as a car owner for the 2021 season.

Morgan competed in 517 NASCAR Cup Series races run over a span of 29 years, picking up four wins through his final race in 2014.

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