Daytona 500 Speed Week Charms Local Fans with Lone Black Racer

The 63rd DAYTONA 500 race was held last weekend with historic performances, spectacular finishes and amazing race car memories. Thousands of fans held court at the race car track to view the laps to witness this year’s winner.  Despite inclement weather, fans were still eager to get to the finish line.  Stock car racing driver Wendell Oliver Scott became the first African-American in NASCAR in 1963 and fuirst winner in the Grand national Series. Only seven other African-American drivers are known to have started at least one race in what is now the Cup Series: Elias Bowie, Charlie Scott, George Wiltshire, Randy Bethea, Willy T. Ribbs, Bill Lester and most recently Bubba Wallace. This year Wallace started 11th and finished 15th with 209 laps around the track.  From driver autograph sessions to vendor displays, fans celebrated by camping out in the infield throughout Speedweek. Shown are fans Bobby Tatum and Rosemarie Tatum.

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