Wendell Scott: Black NASCAR Driver in the Jim Crow Era, Pt. 2


Wendell Scott with sons Wendell Jr. (C) and Frankie (L ) work on an engine in Danville, Virginia. Photo by ISC Archives via Getty Images

Scott eventually managed to break into NASCAR racing, becoming the first black driver to do so. His career was a constant struggle, as he paid his own way and often had to be his own pit crew while competing against sponsored drivers.

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.

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