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Wendell Scott poses for a portrait in his car as he became the first African-American driver to win in the NASCAR Cup division with a victory in 1963 at Jacksonville Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Florida. Scott was NASCAR's first black competitor, starting in the sportsman class in 1953.  (Photo by ISC Archives/CQ-Roll Call Group via Getty Images)
Wendell Scott poses for a portrait in his car as he became the first African-American driver to win in the NASCAR Cup division with a victory in 1963 at Jacksonville Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Florida. Scott was NASCAR's first black competitor, starting in the sportsman class in 1953. (Photo by ISC Archives/CQ-Roll Call Group via Getty Images)

Wendell Scott family hoping to receive official race trophy from 1963 win


After Wendell Scott crossed the finish line first at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Fla., in 1963, he got his winner’s check, but not his trophy.

Buck Baker, a white driver, was declared the winner, with Scott quietly acknowledged as the actual winner hours later after fans had exited the property.

Scott did receive a trophy, which reportedly was cobbled together by racing historians in Jacksonville in 2010 based on the closest thing they could find to a winner’s trophy given out at the track from the era. But the replica is not an official NASCAR trophy, and the family is hoping the governing body can finally atone for its oversight almost 60 years ago.

Scott is the only African-American driver to win a race at NASCAR’s top level and one of only two, along with Bubba Wallace, to win a race in a NASCAR national series event.

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