In honor of the anniversary of African-American racing trailblazer Wendell Scott making his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start, vehicles competing this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway had a commemorative decal baring the image of Scott. Scott made his first start in NASCAR’s premier series on March 4, 1961 at Spartanburg, S.C. On Dec. 1, 1963 in Jacksonville, Fla., Scott became the first African-American to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup event, a distinction he still holds.
To further recognize the occasion this weekend at AMS, Sybil Scott, daughter of the late Scott, was in attendance as were NASCAR Drive for Diversity competitors Michael Cherry, Ryan Gifford, Jason Romero and Darrell Wallace Jr. Romero was last season’s winner of the Wendell Scott Trailblazer Award, given annually to a female or minority driver in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series who personifies excellence on and off the race track.
Above: Drive for Diversity competitors Michael Cherry, Ryan Gifford, Jason Romero and Darrell Wallace Jr. with Sybil Scott.
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