Wendell Scott Race Car Driver

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


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.


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.


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