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1963 - Wendell Scott becomes 1st black American in NASCAR hall of fame

NASCAR was set to induct Wendell Scott into the car racing organization’s hall of fame on Friday night, marking the first time a black American has received such an honor in the sport.

Scott, who died in 1990, was also the first black American to win a race at stock car racing’s highest level. His spot alongside NASCAR’s list of greats comes decades after he defied racism in the Jim Crow south to outpace better-funded white opponents on the same track.

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