Bubba Wallace Says Wendell Scott Is ‘Legend Status’ Ahead of Honoring NASCAR Pioneer in Sunday’s Race

by Keeli Parkey

NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace is following in the footsteps of those who have gone before him. That fact is not lost on the 27-year-old driver.

On Tuesday (May 4), Wallace announced that his No. 23 car’s paint scheme for his next race in Darlington will honor legendary NASCAR driver Wendell Scott. Scott was the first African American driver to race in NASCAR’s premier series, according to his biography in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. He was also the first African American to win a race.

Today (Thursday, May 6), Bubba Wallace continued to pay homage to Scott via social media. “Legend status: When you are lead mechanic and driver at the same time,” the young driver shared on Twitter along with photos of Scott. Here’s the tweet.

Fans were excited to see Bubba Wallace honoring Wendell Scott. And, they shared their feelings in response to his tweet on Thursday.

“Two legends right here. Wendell Scott and Bubba Wallace,” one fan said.

“Absolute legend. Thank you for sharing this,” another posted.

“That’s impressive!” and “Bad A**!!!!!” were other comments.

You can read more about Bubba Wallace’s paint scheme honoring Wendell Scott here. Here’s the tweet where Wallace announced the look his No. 23 will sport at Darlington.

Learn More About the Legendary Driver Bubba Wallace Continues to Honor

In addition to being a successful driver on the NASCAR race track, Wendell Scott was much more. He was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2015.

Scott was born in Danville, Virginia, and was a veteran of World War II. It was during his service that he worked as a trade pool mechanic. He used these skills after leaving the military and going home to Virginia. He had his own auto repair shop. Scott also drove a taxi and transported moonshine.

It was on May 23, 1952, that he raced for the first time at the Danville Fairgrounds. He took third place and won $50. This inspired him to pursue racing.

The route wasn’t easy, however. Competing in the South during that time was difficult for Scott and his family because of his race; it’s tragic, but true. Scott wouldn’t give up, however, and eventually made it to the sport’s premier series in 1961. He had a successful career despite the obstacles put in his way. He finished in the top-10 in points for four consecutive years.

Wendell Scott died at the age of 69 in 1990. But, his legacy lives on thanks to his fans like Bubba Wallace.