NASCAR race teams will remember Wendell Scott this weekend, as competitors racing in all NASCAR series at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend (Sprint Cup, Nationwide, Mexico Toyota and K&N Pro Series West) will have special decals on their cars honoring Scott. Decals will be position on the B or C posts of each car during inspection.
Scott is the only African-American driver with a win at NASCAR’s top level. He claimed his win in the Grand National (now-Sprint Cup) Series in Jacksonville, Fla., on Dec. 1, 1963. Scott’s other racing accomplishments include winning the Virginia State Sportsman championship in 1959. He competed in almost 500 races at NASCAR’s top level, posting 147 top-10 race finishes.
Scott passed away in 1990 in his hometown of Danville, Va. NASCAR has been commemorating the trailblazer during the first race weekend in March since 2010, marking his first-career start on March 4, 1961.