August 29 Birthday: RACING AGAINST THE ODDS: THE STORY OF WENDELL SCOTT, STOCK CAR RACING’S AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHAMPION
Racing Against the Odds: The Story of Wendell Scott, Stock Car Racing’s African-American Champion by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Eric A. Velasquez (Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books, 2009)
Scott’s foot was on the pedal of his family’s car well before he was old enough to get a license. At 14 he bought his first car. He began racing in 1947 and in 1963 was the first and only African-American to win a NASCAR race.
The Wendell Scott Foundation offers information about Scott, a historical timeline and more.