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Racing Against the Odds : The Story of Wendell Scott, Stock Car Racings African-American Champion
by Carole Boston Weatherford and Eric Velasquez


Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
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.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780761454656
  • ISBN-10: 0761454659
  • Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing
  • Publish Date: October 2009
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 7-10
  • Dimensions: 9 x 11.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.25 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Biography & Autobiography - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 57.
  • Review Date: 2009-08-10
  • Reviewer: Staff

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.)

 
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