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Racing against the odds : the story of Wendell Scott, stock car racing's African-American champion

by Weatherford, Carole Boston, 1956-

Format: Print Book 2009
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Biographies j GV1032.S36 W43 2009
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Collection  Children's Biographies
Call Number  j GV1032.S36 W43 2009
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Biography ON HOLDSHELF
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Wendell O. Scott made history as the only black driver to win a race in a NASCAR Grand National (now Spring Cup) division. Born in Danville, Virginia, he scrimped and saved to buy his first car, a Model T, at age fourteen. Although he "loved to turn the wheel of a racecar, work magic on an engine, and then push it faster than it was ever meant to go," he never had the resources or sponsorship to buy a brand-new racecar. Using secondhand Fords that he fixed up in his garage, he competed in five hundred races in NASCAR's top division.

Eric Velasquez's illustrations and Carole Boston Weatherford's rhythmic text illuminate the story of a man who worked full-time while racing on the side. A man who married, raised six children, and educated all of them. A man who "didn't just dust the competition, he blazed a trail." A man who raced against all odds.

An author's note is also included.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Weatherford presents a profile of Wendell O. Scott, the first and (so far) only African American to win a NASCAR race, as an all-too-typical tale of pervasive racial discrimination and harassment overcome by quiet, stubborn endurance. She makes it clear, though, that he hung in there and spent most of his life with one pocket nearly broke, the other pocket full of dreams, not to break down racial barriers but simply for love of the sport during his long career, which ended in 1973. Though generic faces and static compositions give the art a staid look, Weatherford's lively writing animates this unique profile and introduces a groundbreaker whose achievements, like those of competitive bicyclist Major Taylor, have fallen into unjust obscurity. An afterword fleshes out the history.--Peters, John Copyright 2009 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this stirring biography of Scott, the only black race car driver to win a NASCAR race, Velasquez's expressive pastels showcase the driver's determination and resourcefulness as he "quit school and drove a cab to put his sister through college." After serving in WWII, Scott started a family and "to make ends meet... ran moonshine," but never lost his love for cars, soon turning to racing. Even when, in 1963, Scott was denied recognition for his NASCAR win because of his race, his conviction didn't waver. With as much attention paid to Scott's life off the track as on, readers won't need to be racing fans to be drawn in. Ages 7-11. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Scott, Wendell, -- 1921-1990 -- Juvenile literature.
Scott, Wendell, -- 1921-1990.
Stock car drivers -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Automobile racing drivers -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
African American automobile racing drivers -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Stock car drivers.
Automobile racing drivers.
African Americans -- Biography.
Publisher Tarrytown, NY :Marshall Cavendish,2009
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Velasquez, Eric.
Audience 008-012.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 31 cm
ISBN 9780761454656 (hc) :
0761454659 (hc)
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