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Wendell Scott Inducted into NASCAR Hall of Fame

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Wendell Scott wasn't able to physically be at the press conference for his NASCAR Hall of Fame selection, but he was well-represented and spoken for on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Three of Scott's children, as well as fellow future inductee Rex White, remembered the trailblazing driver. Scott became the the first African-American driver to obtain a NASCAR license, and in 1963 he won the Jacksonville 200, making history as the first black racer to win a Grand National (now Sprint Cup) race.

Wendell Scott Jr., a self-described laid back guy, described his father's induction as an emotional moment. "There was perpetual glee in my heart that has yet to subside," said Wendell Jr. said. "I've never been so happy in my life."

For Sybil Scott, it was a moment of validation for her father's efforts, which many feel weren't always given their proper due. "I'm glad people have done their research," she said.

Wendell Jr. and his brother Franklin worked on their father's crew during his decade-plus career. Franklin remembered his father, who died of spinal cancer in 1990, as a a gifted mechanic. "He was a mechanical engineer with no formal training," Franklin remembered. If he needed a tool and he didn't have it, he would make it."

That ingenuity was necessary as money was always an issue during Scott's racing career, but he made it along with help from friends, including White. "Rex had a pretty good sponsor...so he would let us have fenders and bumpers off his car and I'd straighten them out," Franklin Scott said. "And no one would ever know the difference. He helped us out at crucial times." "Wendell Scott...if he had the proper equipment," White said, "he would have won a lot more than he did."


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