With a career that started during the Jim Crow era, Wendell Scott was a full-time race driver who won innumerable local short-track races. He was the first African American driver to win a top-tier NASCAR race, in 1963 at Jacksonville, despite some deplorable racist slights and a lack of major sponsorship. But often Scott couldn't celebrate on the podium with the rest of the top finishers, or get the trophy, as his son Frank relates in this great animated short from StoryCorps.

The short was inspired by an NPR interview with Scott's son and grandson, Warrick Scott, after Wendell was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame last year. They recall working in their garage and Scott's determination to race despite injuries small or large, not to mention whatever discrimination or indignity he might face at a race, or death threats and bans from certain tracks.

Two minutes isn't enough time to even scratch the surface of Wendell's career or the adversity that he must have faced on an everyday basis, but he never gave up. Over his 13-year career, he had 495 starts and a handful of top-five finishes. He retired in 1973 and passed away in 1990, but as mentioned earlier it took another 25 years for him to make it into the Hall of Fame. If nothing else, the video above (and the making-of video below) should perk up your curiosity about Scott's incredible life and career. Scott was the subject of at least one biography, Hard Driving, which is available on Amazon and elsewhere.


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