NASCAR Hall of Fame elects first ever African-American

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

From 1961-73, race car driver Wendell Scott competed in the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) as the first full-time African driver in its top series. Scott, who died in 1990, won over 100 races at local tracks before he pitted his skills against NASCAR’s cream of the crop. In 1963, he won his only race in the 100-mile feature at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Florida, after starting 15th, but he also racked up an impressive 147 top 10 finishes in his career and started 495 Sprint Cup events. Now, NASCAR’s Hall of Fame has elected him to its legendary ranks, making Scott the first ever African-American to earn the honor. There’s still much work to be done with including a variety of people in the sport, which is why NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program continues encouraging multicultural and female youth drivers to take part in racing.