Wendell Oliver Scott was the first Black American full-time competitor in NASCAR history. During the time period of the Civil Rights Movement, Wendell Scott loved nothing more than to grab the steering wheel and go as fast as he could on the race track. Today, we’re remembering the hall-of-famer on what would have been his 99th birthday.
According to ESPN’s film on the driver, The Dixie Circuit was financially struggling and couldn’t fill its seats at the track, and as a promotional design, they began looking for a Black person to compete in their races. Due to Wendell’s history of speeding tickets, he was asked to participate in the events where he dazzled the crowd with his stunning maneuvers on the track.
According to NASCAR Hall of Fame, while other participants in the race were sponsored with new