Perseverance Led These Five To NASCAR’s Hall
Franklin Scott and Wendell Scott Jr. celebrated their father's induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame Friday night. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – When I was a child my dad and I were sitting on the backstretch at Bristol during a race. He pointed to car No. 34 as it entered pit road and said, “Watch this.”
The driver positioned his race car in the proper pit box, turned off the engine, unbuckled and climbed from his car. He performed the work on his car, climbed back into the driver’s seat, buckled his shoulder harness and returned to the race.
My dad looked and me and said. “See. If you want to do something bad enough, you can do it.” The man was Wendell Scott, one of five drivers inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame Friday night.
I never forgot my dad’s lesson and the attitude he instilled in me that day has played a major role in my life. It kept me forging ahead when times became tough.
Kyle Petty once told me racers will always find a way to make it work. I often think of Petty’s statement. And, you know, he’s right. Look at those in the NASCAR Hall of Fame, especially the five who were inducted Friday –Fred Lorenzen, Rex White, Scott, Joe Weatherly and Bill Elliott.
Lorenzen is remembered for becoming the first stock car driver to exceed $100,000 in a single season, for being Ford’s “Golden Boy”. His 16.46 career winning percentage ranks fifth all-time and is the highest among drivers Read the full story »