A final victory for Shepherd

Saturday, March 20, 1993 – Morgan Shepherd wins his fourth career race in NASCAR’s premier series, capturing the weather-delayed Motorcraft Quality Parts 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Driving the No. 21 Ford for Wood Brothers Racing, Shepherd stretched his final tank of fuel 68 laps en route to the victory.

Ernie Irvan, also stretching fuel, finished second, 23 seconds behind the winner.

The victory was Shepherd’s third at Atlanta, and the final one of his Cup career. He was 51 years old at the time of his win.

A flat tire, the result of running over debris, nearly cost Shepherd the victory – instead it helped seal the win. A stop for tires and fuel on lap 260 was his final trip to the pits for the remainder of the race.

A fierce winter snowstorm forced officials to postpone the race, which had been originally scheduled for Sunday, March 14.

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