NASCAR HoF Inductee Wendell Scott to be Honored at Martinsville

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As an inductee of the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2015, Wendell Scott will be honored by two separate teams next month at the Martinsville Speedway. Scott was the first African-American driver to race at the top level of NASCAR as well as the only African-American driver to win a race, and he is a native of Danville, VA, which is about 30 miles east of Martinsville.
According to, Front Row Motorsports uses Scott’s No. 34 in the Sprint Cup, and the Ford Fusion set to be driven by David Ragan will sport a throwback paint scheme inspired by Scott’s racecar. This livery included a robin’s egg blue body with a white roof, red outlines around the white numbers on the side of the car and even the "380 H.P." decals on the front fenders. This car will be run in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500, which is scheduled to take place on October 26.

The previous day, Kyle Busch Motorsports will also honor Scott in the Camping World Truck Series by swapping out their usual No. 54 on the Toyota Tundra to a No. 34 for this race. Again, the number will be painted in the same blue color, and both tribute paint jobs will featuer Scott's name and the NASCAR Hall of Fame logo on the hood.

In addition to these teams remembering Scott at the Martinsville race weekend (October 24-26), NASCAR announced that it will honor the barrier-breaking driver during the first race weekend each March, which coincides with the same timeframe that Scott started his NASCAR career. In total, Scott competed in NASCAR for 13 years with impressive stats that included 495 starts, 20 top five finishes and 147 top 10 finishes. His sole victory came on December 1, 1963 at the Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, FL. Scott passed away in 1990.

Joining Scott in the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2015 are Bill Elliott, Fred Lorenzen, Joe Weatherly and Rex White. The Martinsville race will be the last short-track race of the season, and will lead into the final three races culminating with the season-ending race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.
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