Wendell Oliver Scott (August 28, 1921 - December 23, 1990) was an American stock car racing driver from Danville, Virginia. During most of his career he was the only African-American driver in NASCAR.
Early racing careerEdit
Scott began racing in 1947 on local track in hobby, amateur and sportsman classes. He met with gradually increasing success. In 1959 he won 22 races, the Richmond track championship, and the Virginia state sportsman title.
In 1961 he moved up to the NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup) division. In the 1963 season, he finished 15th in points, and on December 1, 1963 he won a race at Jacksonville, Florida on the one mile dirt track at Speedway Park -- the first and to date only top level NASCAR event won by an African-American. He continued to be a competitive driver despite his low-budget operation through the rest of the 1960s. In 1964, Scott finished 12th in points despite missing several races. Over the next five years, Scott consistently finished in the Top Ten in the point standings. He finished 11th in points in 1965, was a career-high 6th in 1966, 10th in 1967, and finished 9th in both 1968 and '69. His top year in winnings was 1969 when he won $47,451. 
Mojo Nixon, a fellow Danville Virginia native, wrote a tribute song titled "The Ballad of Wendell Scott", which appears on Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper's 1987 album, "Frenzy".
- Scott was not announced as the winner of the Jacksonville race at the time it happened, presumably due to the racist culture of the time in the South. Buck Baker, the actual second-place driver, was declared the winner until NASCAR issued a correction a few days later.
- Only four other black drivers have started at least one race in what is now the NEXTEL Cup Series. The most recent was Bill Lester, who made the field for races at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Michigan International Speedway in 2006. Those drivers have combined to make only nine starts.
- Scott now has a street named after him in Danville, Virginia.
- Scott's only victory was in a Chevrolet Impala. (This was mentioned by Mike Joy on a NASCAR on FOX telecast.) The next time someone won a race in the premier series while in an Impala was not until March 25, 2007, when the make debuted as part of the Car of Tomorrow program. Kyle Busch was the winner of the 2007 Food City 50.
- International Motorsports Hall of Fame
- Driver's statistics at racing-reference.info
- Street & Smith article
- Article about Wendell's last car
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