Wendell Scott was born on August 29, 1921. His home was in Danville, VA. Wendell started his racing career in 1952 when he broke the color barrier in southern stock car racing at Danville Fairgrounds Speedway in Virginia. He would make his Grand National debut in 1961 at the Piedmont Interstate Fairgrounds. He got his first win in Jacksonville, FL on December 1, 1963. It would be his only win in the Grand National division. Wendell in his career had also gained 147 Top Tens and one pole to his credit. He finished with no wins at Occoneechee/Orange Speedway but was a prominent racer at the .9 mile dirt oval. Wendell lost his life on December 23, 1990. He is still the only African-American to win a top level Nascar event.