Wendell Scott – too tough

Wendell Scott (right) and son Frank (left) in 1970.

Wendell Scott (right) and son Frank (left) in 1970.

Wendell Scott will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame tonight. What makes this event historic is that he will be the first African-American driver in the hall. His racing career began in 1952; he was the first African-American to win a race at NASCAR’s elite major league level.

Although I did not know Wendell (he died in 1990), one of his favorite quotes, shared by his son in an NPR interview, makes me wish I did.

“When it’s too tough for everybody else, it’s just right for me.”

Enough said.

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About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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