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Report: Morgan Shepherd is action hero

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Though most NASCAR fans tend to think of Carl Edwards and Mark Martin when it comes to physically fit drivers, it might be time to add 69-year-old Morgan Shepherd to the list.

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After all, he’s the one who reportedly chased down a suspected thief in Las Vegas on Monday night.

According to a story posted on 41nbc.com, Shepherd was getting out of his rental car in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Las Vegas when three men raced out of the store with security forces in pursuit.

That's when Shepherd jumped into action.

“I caught one of them just as they were getting ready to hop a little wall at the end of the parking lot,” Shepherd told WMGT, an NBC affiilate in Macon, Ga. “I yanked him down and got on top of him.”

Shepherd said that, in a matter of seconds, a Las Vegas police officer tossed him handcuffs and chased the other two suspects.

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"I cuffed him and sat on top of him," Shepherd told WGMT. "The police department officers showed up and asked if I could hold him a while longer while they ran down the others. I told them he wasn't going anywhere."

Shepherd, who owns and drives the North Carolina-based Faith Motorsports entry in NASCAR, estimated that the suspect was 18 or 19 and told the TV station he pleaded to be let go. Instead, Shepherd said, he used the time to talk with the youth about life choices.

Shepherd is in Nevada preparing to compete in Sunday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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