Black driver Bubba Wallace found a hanging noose symbolizing racism in the garage used by the race. He thought it was a naked threat because he had clearly expressed his anti racist stance and boycotted the United States Federal flag, a symbol of slavery, from entering the Nasca arena.
After investigation by the FBI, it turned out to be a false alarm: as early as October 2019, Lasso had already appeared in the garage, and Wallaces assignment to this garage was a recent event. NASCAR announced that they had 29 tracks and 1684 garages, only one lasso was found.
Many people think Wallace is overreacting. However, from the black point of view, this is definitely not a fuss. In the past few decades, racism has been an integral part of NASCAR. As Wallaces predecessor, Wendell Scott was the first black driver to win the championship. However, to ensure safety, he had to hide a loaded pistol under the seat of the car.
Scotts grandson, Warwick, said: the best way to keep people from evil is to fight violence with violence and let them worry about losing their lives themselves - its ridiculous The way people treat my grandfather is a mess.
Wendell Scott was born in Danville, Virginia, on August 29, 1921. As a child, Scott loved adventure, cycling with white children, roller skating on steep hillsides, and his father, who loved racing, was his childhood idol.
After dropping out of high school, Scott didnt go into cotton mills and tobacco factories like most people. He didnt want to be a puppet controlled by his boss. Factories are so much like prisons, Scott said. They lock the door behind you and dont leave until you have enough time.
After dropping out of high school, the mechanical skills learned from his father came in handy. Scott served in the army as a mechanic. Later, he became a taxi driver, making extra money on the black market by selling bootlegged liquor, starting at 55 cents a pint, and then double selling.
His wife Mary recalled: the first time I met, I knew he liked speed and passion, driving like flying. The police who track down the bootlegged liquor often cant see Scotts tail light. In this cat and mouse game, he has always been the winner. How to get rid of and tease the police is Scotts talk at the wine table.
Its boring to race with the police. Scott always wanted to compete in a formal race. In Danville, racing is almost exclusively for white people, and few black people take part in it. Most of the time, Scott and another friend were the only black audience in the stands. A friend asked him if he had the courage to take part in the competition? Scott replied, its no big deal. Hes just waiting for a chance.
In 1949, in order to create a gimmick and attract more audience, Danville local race decided to find a black driver. The underground driver selling bootleggers is undoubtedly the best choice. The police recommended Scott, a guy who will never be caught.
I dont make much money as a driver. Scott mainly sells wine for a living. Many drivers are his customers. In addition, the local level of competition is limited, Scott understood that if you want to be famous in racing, you must find a way to participate in NASCAR. In 1953, he finally got the knockout brick and got the official license from NASCAR director Mike Boston.
As a black pioneer in racing, Scott should have been recorded as NASCARs first black driver, just like Jackie Jackson, who entered the major league in 1949, and Charlie sford, who entered the golf tour in 1961. At the time, however, NASCAR did not even have an official announcement. I told him we never had a black driver and you might get a cold shoulder. He said, he said, I can take it.
In April 1954, Scott first met with NASCARs founder, Bill Frans, when he took part in a race in North Carolina. The promoters of the event paid all the white players who participated in the race, but refused Scott. At a gas station near Lynchburg, Scott ran into Frances and told him what had happened.
Frances immediately took out $30 and assured Scott that he would not be discriminated against in NASCAR. He wants me to know that skin color is not a problem. He said, he said, youre a member of NASCAR, and youre going to be a member of NASCAR from now on.
However, Francess verbal assurance did not make any sense, because of the skin color problem, Scott has been driven out of the track many times. Once, he went to Winston Salem, North Carolina, to apply for the competition. Nasca officials made it clear that black people were not allowed to participate. On the way home, Scott was in tears.
A few days later, Scott was again turned down, this time NASCAR officials offered advice that his car should be driven by other white drivers. Scott refused decisively: there are no doors. Go to hell.
Even if he is allowed to enter the track, Scott still has to face many challenges. The white only sign can be seen everywhere. The white spectators yell at each other, throwing debris into the field, and the opponent deliberately finds fault in the race. The racists were unscrupulous because they knew that Scott could only bear to keep his hard-earned license and not want to get involved in any trouble. Its all expected. Scott said.
After winning 200 regional level races, Scott began to challenge NASCARs top races in 1961, spending $2000 of his savings on mortgage to buy a more suitable car. Every time he competes, Scott takes the whole family out. For this family, running back and forth is like a long marathon.
The children were still young at that time. We tried to travel at night and there were few cars on the road. Mary said, we put the crib mattress on the back seat and pulled the car, and we didnt even have a trailer. Many of Danvilles friends said that the way we competed was not to take the ordinary road, and we didnt know how we kept going
In his first elite season, Scotts score was higher than that of all rookies. According to the Convention, he was the only rookie of the year. However, the award was given to another person, a white man who was several places behind Scott.
On December 1, 1963, in Jacksonville, Florida, Scott made history. He was the first to cross the finish line in the 100 mile marathon, which should have been the greatest day of his life. However, once again, the champion was sidelined and buck Beck won the cup.
Scott protested, and after hours of seesaw, Naska officials revised the results. They said it was a count error, and Scott actually ran 202 laps in this 200 lap race.
Scotts son Franklin recalled: my father had been protesting, and after a few hours, the audience had dispersed, the reporters had left, and the trophy was gone, and they checked the scorecard and came up and said, guess what? You won. My father got the check, but he didnt get the trophy. After the event, Nasca did not recover the trophy, but reissued a wooden replica, perfunctorily.
In essence, Scott was blocked by NASCAR and could not get any resources that could produce any competitive edge. Shell, Ford, PepsiCo, Chevrolet and other manufacturers had tacit agreement to blacklist him. After the enactment of the civil rights act of 1964, some unscrupulous officials also came up with new ways to restrict Scotts participation in the competition with the provisions of technical inspection. Scotts grandson, Warwick, said, my father used to say that some people can ruin your opportunity with a single gesture, even without even having to speak.
Scott can only rely on himself. Three of his seven children become important members of the team, and Deborah is no less skilled than a mobile phone mechanic. However, at the beginning of the game, they could only cheer for their father in the stands.
Racing is dangerous, but Sybil, another daughter, is not afraid of her fathers death on the track, but more worried about her father being lynched by crazy racists. Scott had received death threats that he would be turned into ashes and put into pine boxes.
Franklin recalled a time when an event promoter in Atlanta called to ask his father to give up the race because the Ku Klux Klan threatened that if Scott entered, they would come to trouble.
In addition, Scott has to deal with the exclusion of his peers, Neil - Castle and Jack - Smith have been looking at him, he has been very restrained. Until one time, Smith came to trouble again, and Scott finally took out his pistol, and it was once and for all.
However, Scott still won the respect of most drivers. At that time, several star drivers, Richard patty, Joe Wesley and Henry Gray, all offered him a helping hand, providing old parts and tires for free. Richard Patti once make complaints about Franklin: you know what drives me crazy? I want people and money, but Im no faster than you
Driving an outdated car and having to miss several races every year because of racial discrimination, Scott cant show his real strength. Even so, he has always maintained a high ranking. In 1966, he ranked sixth in points, which was his best single season ranking in Nasca. Since then, he has been ranked in the top ten for four consecutive years. In 1969, he won the highest single season bonus of his career - $47451.
In 1973, Scott again pushed all the chips, mortgaged the property and bought a mercury. In taradiga, he dashed out of the starting point at more than 180 miles an hour, a feeling previously out of reach. Unfortunately, Scotts happiness was too short.
It felt like a catapult, Scott said. Yes, I hit the windshield. After a rear end collision, Scott was thrown out of the car. Another car couldnt dodge and hit it. After a series of 21 racing cars collided, the scene was in chaos.
Scott was seriously injured and Larry Smith was the first to come. Larry came, he thought I was dead. Scott said, it was a very serious accident and I even lost consciousness. I was badly hurt when they came to help me. There were seven broken legs and broken arms. I stayed in the hospital for 32 days, and it took me nine years to buy this car.
Three months later, Scott returned to taradiga on crutches and watched Larry Smith die in a car crash for the 11th time in his Nasca career.
In Charlotte, North Carolina, Scott finished the last game, starting 38th and finishing 12th. Scott didnt even know it was the end of his racing career. That year, Scott was 52.
In the 20 years of NASCAR, Scott has participated in 495 competitions, 20 of them have entered the top five, 147 have won the top 10, and won only 180000 US dollars in prize money.
The TNN film crew once visited Scotts home. He showed the guests around and saw the scrapped mercury. He stepped back a few steps before slowly saying, this is the best car Ive ever driven, but I didnt get a real chance to try my best.
Scott died of a spinal tumor on December 22, 1990, 27 years and 21 days after the greatest victory of his life. Im glad we never give up. Mary said, a lot of old drivers came to the funeral. These old guys like him and respect him. Everyone knows that he is a sincere man who sticks to his faith and he never gives up.
In Warwicks opinion, grandfathers story is sad. He is better than many famous and rich drivers. In his later years, because of cancer, he had to sell all his cars to pay the hospital bills. When NASCARs history was shown on TV, he never appeared.
Scotts family has been speaking for him and fighting for the rights of black drivers. Since 2004, Nasca has been promoting diversity programs, with Scotts son Wendell Jr. and daughter Sybil participating. In 2013, 40 years after Scott retired, Bubba Wallace became Nascas second black driver to win the championship. In 2015, Scott finally entered the Nasca Hall of fame.
In memory of Scott, the street where he lived was renamed Wendell Scott road. In 2013, a monument was erected in his hometown, which read: persevering in fighting prejudice and discrimination, Scott broke the racial divide in Nasca.
My grandfathers story is a legacy and a bridge to resolve misunderstandings and injuries. When he finished his career, the guys who wanted to get him off the track stood side by side with him, Warwick said
Source of this article: Netease sports manuscript Author: LAN Jian 13 responsible editor: Wang Chengcheng_ NB12651