Wendell Scott

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Birthday
29, 1921
Birthplace
Virginia
Death Date
Dec 23, 1990 (69)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
29, 1921
Birthplace
Virginia
Death Date
Dec 23, 1990 (69)

About

Stock car driver who broke down racial barriers by becoming the first black NASCAR driver. He is also the first black driver to win the Sprint Cup Series and is a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame class of 2015.

Before Fame

He served in the U.S. Army in World War II before running an auto-repair shop.

Trivia

His life was the inspiration for the 1977 Richard Pryor film Greased Lightning.

Family Life

He was survived by his wife Mary and children Franklin, Sybil and Wendell Jr.

Associated With

He paved the way for future black NASCAR drivers like Bill Lester.