The 2013 Hall of Fame class is to be congratulated. The Voting Committee was faced with perhaps its toughest vote to date. The selections of Rusty Wallace, Buck Baker, Leonard Wood, Cotton Owens and Herb Thomas were right on and all worthy. But as we look to next year’s nominating and voting process the Wendell Scott story should be discussed in the right context. Scott wasn’t just the “black driver with a win” he was a champion, a fierce competitor and earned the respect of his fellow drivers.
Perhaps the most remarkable fact about Scott is that when he began his premier series (then called Grand National now called Sprint Cup) career he was forty years old! Scott brought along his tenacity and grit from the local tracks to big time racing. In his 13 year career he managed 495 starts which ranks him 32nd on NASCAR’s all time list. During that time Scott amassed 147 top 10s, 20 top 5s and one win. He also won the pole at Savannah, Ga in 1962 that set the dirt track record for all ½ mile tracks.