Wendell Scott: Remembering the NASCAR driver’s legacy

This February, Sports Illustrated is celebrating Black History Month by spotlighting a different iconic athlete every day. Today, SI looks back on the legacy of Wendell Scott.

Wendell Scott was one of the greatest drivers of his time.

Though he wasn’t able to fully actualize his talent—he had to miss several races a year because of racing’s racist culture—he still finished in the top 10 in points in American racing’s most renowned league four seasons in a row. 

Scott finished sixth in points in 1966—again, despite missing several races—10th in 1967 and ninth in 1968 and 1969. And he did it all with outdated and hand-me-down equipment the racist institutions of the time forced him to drive with. But he still won plenty of races.

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