On Dec. 1, 1963, Wendell Scott became the first African-American driver to win in a NASCAR premier series.
It took almost 50 years before another African-American driver, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., pulled off the same feat by winning a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 26, 2013.
Then this past weekend at Martinsville, bearing Scott’s No. 34 and powder-blue paint scheme on his Toyota Tundra, Wallace successfully defended his Kroger 200 title – with members of Scott’s family in attendance, no less.
“It means a lot – I know I had a guardian angel looking over me this weekend,” Wallace said. “To be able to put it in Victory Lane, you couldn’t ask for a better weekend. You thought last year was special, but this definitely beats it.”
The NASCAR AMERICA gang discusses Wallace’s victory and his latest tribute to a true NASCAR pioneer in the clip above.