Wendell Scott, the first African-American winner has faced maybe the biggest injustice in NASCAR Cup Series history.
Back in 1963, Scott won the race at Jacksonville Speedway Park but there was some dispute with the win after the race. The officials said that Scott finished two laps down to the awarded winner Buck Baker. However, he argued his case with the officials for hours after the race and the win was eventually awarded to him. But there was no trophy for Scott.
But now, NASCAR has decided to amend its mistake by creating a replica of the trophy and present it to his family on August 28th, during the NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero Sugar 400 weekend at Daytona International Speedway.
At that time in 1963, NASCAR gave Scott a flimsy wooden trophy as a consolation prize because the original trophy vanished. NASCAR didn’t decide to create a replica then and Scott passed away in 1990 from spinal cancer. He never got a trophy for a win that he deserved.
After so many years, NASCAR has finally commissioned their own replica trophy and it will be awarded to Scott’s family.