Wendell Scott: Black NASCAR Driver in the Jim Crow Era, Pt. 1


Wendell Scott, first black driver in NASCAR-sanctioned racing, poses for a portrait in his car. Photo by ISC Archives via Getty Images

Wendell Scott was a black driver from the early days of NASCAR. After driving a taxi, working as a mechanic, and hauling moonshine, he started racing in the Dixie Circuit and other non-NASCAR races in Virginia.

Tracy's Research:

  • Scott, Frank and Warrick Scott. “Driven.” StoryCorps. https://storycorps.org/animation/driven/
  • Donovan, Brian. “Hard Driving: The Wendell Scott Story.” Steerforth Press. 2008.
  • Hall, Randal L. “Carnival of Speed: The Auto Racing Business in the Emerging South, 1930-1950.” The North Carolina Historical Review, Vol. 84, No. 3 (JULY 2007). http://www.jstor.org/stable/23523062
  • “Wendell Scott.” Notable Sports Figures. Ed. Dana R. Barnes. Detroit: Gale, 2004. From U.S. History In Context.
  • “Wendell Oliver Scott Sr.” Contemporary Black Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. From U.S. History In Context.

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Topics in this Podcast: Wendell Scott, bootlegging, nascar, entertainment history, sports history, 20th century, U.S. history, racism, segregation, racing, stock car racing