Racing against the odds : the Story of Wendell Scott, Stock Car Racing’s African-American Champion

Racing against the odds : the Story of Wendell Scott, Stock Car Racing’s African-American Champion

Racing Against the Odds

  • When Wendell Scott was fourteen he bought his first car for $15. Then he tore it apart and put it back together again. A race car driver was born!

Wendell raced cars during segregation. Some racetracks wouldn’t let him race because he was black. He never had a new car or any help from a sponsor or anyone else. His sons were his pit crew.

Despite that he finished in the top ten 147 times. He won one NASCAR race in Jacksonville, Florida in 1963. He is the first and only black race car driver to ever win a NASCAR race.

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