DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — A special honor is coming to Danville native and NASCAR Hall of Famer Wendell Scott later this month.
NASCAR is announcing on Aug. 28, just before the Coke Zero 400 race at Daytona, that they will properly recognize Scott as he was the first African-American to win a NASCAR race back on Dec. 1, 1963 at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Florida. It was Scott’s only cup series win.
Scott never had his name called in victory lane, nor did he get his moment in the spotlight. The Scott family says they received the purse winnings, but they didn’t even get the actual trophy.
“It is a big moment for the family and my parents legacy. It is something that will be enshrined in history. It is something that we will look forward too,” said Wendell Scott’s son, Frank Scott.
“I was thrilled to hear that NASCAR plans to honor Hall of Famer Wendell Scott, by presenting the Scott family with a trophy for his 1963 win at the Grand National Series race,” said Danville Mayor Alonzo Jones. “Danville is proud of our hometown hero and I am so pleased that he is getting this overdue and well-deserved recognition.”
The upcoming recognition for Wendell Scott comes one day before what would have been Scott’s 100th birthday!
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