DAYTONA Beach front, Fla. — Wendell Scott’s grandson stood on his tippy toes, leaned more than and kissed the trophy that was just about 60 yrs in the producing.
NASCAR offered Scott’s household a personalized trophy commemorating his historic 1963 victory prior to Saturday’s Cup Series race at Daytona Intercontinental Speedway. Scott was the 1st and continues to be the only Black driver to gain a race at NASCAR’s prime amount.
NASCAR President Steve Phelps gave Scott’s son, Frank Scott, the trophy on phase following a pre-race live performance and just right before driver introductions. Driver Bubba Wallace, NASCAR’s lone whole-time Black driver, joined various of Scott’s household associates on phase for the ceremony.
As they commenced to go away the dais, Warrick Scott received his opportunity to pose with the trophy. In its place of holding or hoisting it, he decided to kiss it. It was probably the most telling scene of what this meant to the household.
Wendell Scott passed Richard Petty with twenty five laps remaining at Speedway Park in Jacksonville on Dec. one, 1963, in the Jacksonville 200. But Buck Baker, who actually finished next, was declared the winner and received the trophy in victory lane.
Race officials uncovered several hours later on that Scott was the true winner and had lapped the complete subject two times. But he was not credited with the victory for yet another two yrs, and his household has lengthy pushed for a right celebration.
“It issues mainly because my father attained it and it was some thing he had to labor on,” Frank Scott explained. “He often wished to get his trophy and he predicted that he would get his trophy one day. He explained, ‘I could not be listed here with you all, but one day I’ll get my trophy.’”
Scott retired mainly because of accidents experienced in a 1973 crash at Talladega Superspeedway, and the Danville, Virginia, native died in 1990 of spinal cancer.
He was posthumously inducted into the NASCAR Corridor of Fame in 2015, two yrs following the town of Danville awarded Scott a historic marker. The assertion on the marker praises Scott for “persevering more than prejudice and discrimination, Scott broke racial boundaries in NASCAR.” In a thirteen-year occupation, Scott notched 20 prime-five finishes.
NASCAR picked the normal-season finale for the presentation mainly because of its proximity to Jacksonville and mainly because it will come one day right before what would have been Scott’s 100th birthday.
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