Little Known Black History Fact: Wendell Scott

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Wendell Scott was a pioneering figure for NASCAR as the first Black driver to earn a NASCAR license. Scott’s accomplishments on the racetrack will finally be recognized after he was announced as the first Black NASCAR Hall Of Fame inductee for its 2015 class.

Scott was born August 19, 1921 in Danville, Va. He grew up admiring his father, a driver and mechanic. Scott’s father worked on cars for rich White families in segregated Virginia. After dropping out of high school and becoming a taxi driver, Scott married before entering the Army during World War II.

After the war, Scott owned an auto repair shop. While watching stock car races in his hometown from segregated bleachers, he continued to dream of racing. Scott, like other NASCAR pioneers, had a sideline running moonshine whisky and caught the eye of a white racing organization. They wanted to recruit a Black driver as…

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