On Dec. 1, 1963, Wendell Scott became the first black driver to win a NASCAR race when he took home the checkered flag at Speedway Park in Jacksonville. Scott died in 1990, but now his family is asking NASCAR to award Scott the trophy that he never received for winning the race.
On the day of the race, there was actually an error in the scoring department as second-place finisher Buck Baker was declared the winner instead of Scott. Scott was declared the winner hours later after NASCAR realized its error.
However, Scott was never given his trophy for the victory.
"It was given (to) the person they announced as the winner in front of my grandfather, but hours later when all the fans and associated press left, that's when the money was given to him," Scott's grandson, Warrick, told Kendall Davis of WDBJ.
The Jacksonville Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame did present the Scott family with a replica trophy in 2010, but it has yet to be acknowledged as a true victory by NASCAR.
Warrick Scott also revealed that the Scott family sent a letter to NASCAR in 2018 in which they requested a proper trophy for their father's accomplishment. However, according to Scott, NASCAR never responded to the request.
In addition, Scott recently told WTVD Raleigh-Durham that his father dealt with quite a bit of racism during his racing career. He was allegedly poisoned and received multiple death threats over the years.