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Wendell Scott: NASCAR's First African-American Hall of Famer

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On May 21, 2014, the NASCAR Hall of Fame voting panel designated the first African-American driver and race winner, Wendell Scott, as an inductee.

"It was just jubilation, exhilaration,” said Frank Scott, Wendell Scott's son. "He's been recognized in so many other halls of fame, even the International Hall of Fame, and the NASCAR Hall of Fame was the missing link to make the chain complete. And we're so grateful that this finally happened."

Hailing from Danville, VA, Wendell Scott competed at the top ranks of what is now the Sprint Cup Series, in an era defined by color barriers.

"I enjoyed Wendell Scott,” said Junior Johnson, NASCAR Hall of Famer. “A person that would do what he did, there's very, very few people. I'll tell you that. He give 300 percent of what he could do, where everybody else gave 100 percent of what they could do, because he did it with less."

Frank Scott says his father was a person of great humility, great perseverance.

“He loved people. He loved children, especially, wanted to help children. That's who Wendell Scott was. Fearless. Not intimidated by anyone. Cautious, but always had his eye on the prize."

As a tribute to their namesake, Wendell Scott's family has created a foundation. To find out more, visit wendellscott.org.
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