NASCAR to Pay Tribute to Wendell Scott at Martinsville

NASCAR to Pay Tribute to Wendell Scott at Martinsville

by September 17, 2014 0 comments

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR will pay tribute to 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Wendell Scott during October’s Martinsville race weekend in both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.

Yesterday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, one Sprint Cup Series team and one Camping World Truck Series team jointly announced that they will run tribute schemes to Scott – the first African-American to win a NASCAR premier series race – at Martinsville Speedway.

The two teams – Front Row Motorsports and Kyle Busch Motorsports – will pay tribute to the late native of Danville, Virginia, at a track that is located just 30 miles west of Scott’s hometown.

Front Row Motorsports’ No. 34 team will pay tribute to Scott in the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 with David Ragan driving the No. 34 Ford in tribute. Scott would drive the No. 34 car during his NASCAR career from 1961-to-1973 and he would be the second of three drivers to win in the number, Ragan being the third in 2013.

“It’s going to be cool to honor Wendell Scott at his home track with his family,” Ragan said at the unveiling of his tribute scheme. “I got to drive a tribute scheme for Ned Jarrett a while back, and it’s a tribute to the history of our sport that I get to honor Mr. Scott as an inductee, the last driver to win in the No. 34 before I did.

I’m a fan of our sport’s history and have a real appreciation for it, so it’s special to be able to bring that paint scheme back for a weekend.”

Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 54 team will also run a tribute scheme in the Kroger 200. Darrell Wallace Jr. will run a special scheme that will change the number of his Toyota Tundra to the No. 34 for the race.

Wallace’s start in the No. 34 is rather significant for the three-time Truck race winner since he is the first African-American to win a NASCAR national series race since Scott’s lone NASCAR win in 1963.

“It’s an honor to run the No. 34 Toyota Tundra at Martinsville,” Wallace said at the reveal. “I got my first win at Martinsville and the historical significance of that win and to be so close to Wendell Scott’s hometown was a really cool bonus to getting my first win. The Scott family has followed my career since I ran the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program for Rev Racing and I’ve kept a relationship with the family over the years.

Thanks to Joe Gibbs Racing, Kyle Busch Motorsports, Toyota, and NASCAR for allowing me to run the No. 34 at Martinsville. I’m pumped to get back there and hope to get another victory.”

NASCAR will also pay tribute to Scott during the October 24th-26th race weekend by hosting his family throughout the weekend and holding special Q&A sessions with them.

The sanctioning body have also announced that the first Martinsville race weekend of the 2015 season in March will also feature tributes to Scott. The Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series will run tribute decals to the late Hall of Fame inductee throughout the race weekend on their race cars.

Kyle Pokrefky
Follow Kyle Pokrefky on Twitter at @KPokrefky

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