Driver honored in conjunction with anniversary of his first start
All four NASCAR series running at Phoenix International Raceway will pay tribute to Wendell Scott this weekend in conjunction with the anniversary of his first career start, continuing a tradition started in 2010.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series, the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars will all feature decals on the B-post or C-post. The B-post is the area next to the driver's shoulder and the C-post is located next to the rear window on both sides of the car.
Scott made his first start in NASCAR's premier series on March 4, 1961, at Piedmont Interstate Fairgrounds in Spartanburg, S.C., in what was known then as the NASCAR Grand National Series. Scott was the first African-American to compete full-time in the series.
On Dec. 1, 1963, Scott became the first African-American to win a NASCAR premier series race with his victory at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Fla.
Last season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduate Darrell Wallace Jr. became the second African-American to win a national series race with his victory at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 26, 2013.
Scott, who died in 1990, is a nominee for the 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame class.