Wendell Scott

Racing Driver
Born Aug 29, 1921

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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1921 Birth Born on August 29, 1921.


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


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
1959 37 Years Old In 1959 he won two championships. … Read More
1961 39 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He debuted in the Grand National Series on March 4, 1961, in Spartanburg, South Carolina. … Read More


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 that he purchased from Ned Jarrett, he won a race on the half-mile dirt track at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Florida—the first (and, to date, only) Grand National event won by an African-American (Darrell Wallace Jr. recently became the second African-American driver in NASCAR's top 3 series to win with his win at Martinsville in 2013). … 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.
1969 47 Years Old His top year in winnings was 1969 when he won $47,451


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


1986 64 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 1986 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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