Wendell O. Scott made history as the only black driver to win a race in a NASCAR Grand National (now Spring Cup) division. Born in Danville, Virginia, he scrimped and saved to buy his first car, a Model T, at age fourteen. Although he "loved to turn the wheel of a racecar, work magic on an engine, and then push it faster than it was ever meant to go," he never had the resources or sponsorship to buy a brand-new racecar. Using secondhand Fords that he fixed up in his garage, he competed in five hundred races in NASCAR’s top division.Eric Velasquez’s illustrations and Carole Boston Weatherford’s rhythmic text illuminate the story of a man who worked full-time while racing on the side. A man who married, raised six children, and educated all of them. A man who "didn’t just dust the competition, he blazed a trail." A man who raced against all odds.An author’s note is also included.
What People are Saying About This
Wendell Scott's story really inspired me. As I pursue my own NASCAR dream, I hope it helps to encourage every young person to become all that God created them to be. It was Wendell's determination that paved the path that I am on. He never gave up, and my goal is to follow his example. (Chase Austin, 19-year-old NASCAR Driver)
As a boy, Wendell Scott loved fast cars. He dreamed of becoming a NASCAR racer. But Scott was black, and the sport hadn't opened its doors yet to African-Americans. Brave and determined, Scott became the first black NASCAR driver. He won many races, opened many people's hearts, and helped America become a fairer country. Thanks to this exciting book, young readers will enjoy a dramatic story that, unfortunately, they'll probably never hear about in school. (Brian Donovan, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Scott's biography, "Hard Driving: The American Odyssey of NASCAR's First Black Driver.)
Wendell Scott has been a hero of mine from the time I became involved in NASCAR. His story is one of inspiration and one that I hope is told for years to come. While I did not have the opportunity to meet him personally, I feel I got to know him through his family. They even allowed me to sit behind the wheel of one of his last race cars that still sat in his old garage. I will also never forget the honor I had of helping to induct him into the National Black Sports & Entertainment Hall Of Fame in New York. If it were not for the courage and conviction of Wendell Scott, I may have never realized my dream of competing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He was a true American sports pioneer.
This is a picture book biography about the story of Wendell Scott. He is the only black driver to win a race in a NASCAR Grand National division. The author tells the story in a way for young children to understand. The author demostrates his story through the good times and the bad.