Just yesterday, January 30, 2015 Wendell Oliver Scott was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Scott was the first African American driver to be elected to the Hall of Fame. Scott was born in Danville, Virginia on August 29, 1921. He died at the age of 69 due to Spinal cancer. He competed in NASCAR's highest series, Grand National (currently called Sprint Cup Series) from 1961-1973. According to Racing Reference, over the course of 13 years, Scott raced in 495 races, over 72,000 miles and had 147 top tens. During the 1963 racing season Scott scored his first victory at Speedway Park located in Jacksonville, Florida driving a Chevrolet Bel Air that he purchased from Ned Jarrett. Scott went on to finish 15th in points that season. At one point in time Scott was racing in as many as five events a week! They were mostly at Virginia tracks. In 1973 Scott retired due to injuries from a racing accident at Talladega. Greased Lighting, a 1977 American biographical movie was created based on the true life story of Scott. The film was released July 1, 1977.
Today I had the privilege of meeting Frank Scott, the son of Wendell Scott at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. As we talked I asked him several questions in regards to his father. When asking, "What do you think influenced Mr. Scott the most to come into NASCAR?" He replied, "Um, the love of competition and the love of speed. He was a mechanical genius and in addition to that he was a great driver, so he felt like he could compete just like any other sport that people had interest in, just once he tasted it there was no turning back. Following the 1st question, I asked, "Do you know what his favorite track was?" He replied, "Well he probably raced at over 70 tracks. His super speedway was probably Charlotte and Atlanta. His favorite short track was the 1/2 mile at Martinsville. He started racing there when it was a dirt track. We went from California to Maine to Florida racing in 38 states."
4 time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon announced yesterday that this would be his last season racing for Hendrick Motorsports in the number 24 Chevy SS. Gordon has been driving for Hendrick Motorsports since November of 1992. Many people went to Twitter to tweet there feelings on his decision. Many people were shocked. Several of the younger NASCAR drivers looked up to Gordon such as Aj Allmendinger, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney just to name a few. His four championships were in 1995, 1997, 1998 and 2001. According to Yahoo Sports Gordon has raced a total of 761 races with 92 wins and over 100,000,000 dollars in earnings! He is placed 3rd on all-time pole award winners list. Gordon is a five time winner of the Brickyard 400 (1994, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2014). He is a three time Daytona 500 winner (1997, 1999, 2005). Gordon is married to Ingrid Vandebosch and has 2 kids, Ella Sofia and Leo Benjamin.
Hello, My name is Taylor Smith. I have been wanting to start a blog about NASCAR for a while now. I'm so excited that it's finally happening and that I can share my stories with the NASCAR world! Racing is nothing new to me. I have grew up going to races since I was little. My family has been a part of racing since they were kids! They were even in NASCAR for a little while. I am so excited to start blogging this season! -Taylor