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Wendell Scott

Pioneering African-american Stock Car Racing Driver
Male
Born Aug 29, 1921
Hometown Danville, Virginia
Died Dec 23, 1990
Death Place Danville, Virginia
Other Names Scott, Wendell Ol...

Wendell Oliver Scott was an American stock car racing driver from Danville, Virginia. He is the only black driver to win a race in what is now the Sprint Cup Series. According to a 2008 biography of Scott, he broke the color barrier in Southern stock car racing on May 23, 1952, at the Danville Fairgrounds Speedway.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1921 Birth Born on August 29, 1921.

TWENTIES

1949 27 Years Old The police caught Scott only once, in 1949. … Read More

THIRTIES

1953 31 Years Old Some Southern newspapers began writing positive stories about Scott's performance. He began the 1953 season on the northern Virginia circuit, for example, by winning a feature race in Staunton. … Read More
1954 32 Years Old Scott met Bill France for the first time in April 1954. … Read More
1961 39 Years Old In 1961, he moved up to Grand National (now Sprint Cup).

FORTIES

1963 41 Years Old In the 1963 season, he finished 15th in points, and on December 1 of that year, driving a Chevrolet Bel Air purchased from Ned Jarrett, he won a race on the one-mile dirt track at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Florida -- the first (and, to date, only) Grand National event won by an African-American. … Read More
1964 42 Years Old In 1964, Scott finished 12th in points despite missing several races. … Read More
1965 43 Years Old He finished 11th in points in 1965, was a career-high 6th in 1966, 10th in 1967, and finished 9th in both 1968 and 1969.

FIFTIES

1973 51 Years Old Scott was forced to retire due to injuries from a racing accident at Talladega, Alabama in 1973. … Read More
1975 53 Years Old Scott is prominently featured in the 1975 book The World's Number One, Flat-Out, All-Time Great Stock Car Racing Book, written by Jerry Bledsoe. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1987 65 Years Old Mojo Nixon, a fellow Danville native, wrote a tribute song titled "The Ballad of Wendell Scott", which appears on Nixon and Skid Roper's 1987 album, Frenzy. … Read More
1990 69 Years Old Scott died on December 23, 1990 in Danville, Virginia, having suffered from spinal cancer. … Read More
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