Legacy

There have been other¬†Black and minority NASCAR drivers both before and since Wendell Scott raced. Wendell’s career was much more prolific and successful but these other racers had their own achievements in NASCAR. NASCAR has their Drive for Diversity program which is helping to open doors for the most talented minority drivers. While there will never be another Wendell Scott, these drivers and the ones to come have or will leave their own legacy in NASCAR in their own right.

elias_bowie1977Elias Bowie
The first African-American NASCAR driver was Elias Scott in July 1955 at Bay Meadows Speedway (1 mile dirt track) in San Mateo, Calif., in a 250-lap Grand National race. Bowie started in 19th place and finished 28th.
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Charlie Scott is the First driver on Left


Charlie Scott
Charlie Scott (no relation to Wendell Scott) raced only once on Feb. 26, 1956, at the Daytona Beach and Road Course in a 39-lap Grand National race.
Charlie drove for owner Carl Kiekhaefer in the No. 300 Chrysler. Scott started 14th and was among 20 of the 76 cars still running at the finish. He finished the race 19th.
georgewiltshire2George Wiltshire
George Wiltshire from Corona, NY, raced in two Cup races four years apart, 1971 & 1975. Wendell Scott also raced in the 1971 Islip 250(.2-mile) Speedway. He started 29th in the 33-car field. After only two laps Wiltshire pulled off the track finishing 28th. In 1975 one at Pocono. Wiltshire started 34th and 15 laps in was black-flagged and parked, leading to a 32nd-place finish.
Randy Bethea
randybethea1Randy Bethea made his only race in the World 600 at Charlotte on May 25, 1975. tarted the race 39th but was unable to complete the race after his engine blew up 251 laps into the 400-lap event and finished 33rd. Bethea was active in the Sportsman Division in Tennessee during the ’70s and finished 16th in points in 1972. It also should be noted that Randy Bethea knocked Darrell Waltrip off the pole at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, in a Late Model Sportsman event there in 1973.
Bill Lester
billlesterBill Lester (born February 6, 1961 in Washington D.C.) started two cup races at Atlanta and Michigan. He was 45 years old (when many drivers think about retirement) and drove for Bill Davis Racing. At Atlanta Bill started 19th and finished 28th. At Michigan, he started 34th and finished on the lead lap in 32nd place.
Lester also raced in the NASCAR Busch Grand National (now Nationwide) Series and Craftsman (now Camping World) Trucks series where he had greater success. In the truck series he has earned three poles, two top fives, and seven top ten in only 8 seasons.
Bill Lester still races in other series. In the Grand-Am Rolex series GT class he was the first African-American winner. His website is found at: http://billlester.com
Willy T. Ribbs
willytribbsWilly T. Ribbs (born January 3, 1955 in San Jose, California) in 1986 raced in three Cup Series races. Originally Ribbs was to compete in 1978 in the World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway driving for Will Cronkrite but was replaced by Dale Earnhardt shortly before the race. Willy at North Wilkesboro¬† Speedway started 29th and finished 22nd. At Riverside (road course) Ribbs suffered a DNF. Ribbs started 30th but after 64 laps of the 95-lap race, Ribbs’ engine blew up for a 29th-place finish. Similarly at Michigan Ribbs started 37th and lost his engine 65 laps in, dropping him to a 39th-place finish.
Willy T. Ribbs Ribbs ran a full season in the Truck Series in 2001 and finished 16th in points. He had an average finish of 21.4 and had 14 top-20 finishes in 23 starts.
Outside of NASCAR Willy was the first African-American starter in the Indianapolis 500 in 1991. He won 14 times in the SCCA Trans-Am series. He was the first African American to test for a Formula 1 Grand Prix team. In 2011 at the age of 56 competed in the Firestone Indy Lights Baltimore Grand Prix.
His website is found at: http://www.willytribbs.com