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| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Saturday, April 6 2013

NASCAR driver Wendell Scott was honored in Danville, Va. this week.

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Frank Scott, son of the late NASCAR driver Wendell Scott, said Saturday there were two words his siblings were never permitted to use – “can’t” and “never.”

Scott’s remarks came in the Martinsville Speedway media center just a day after his hometown of Danville, Va., honored his father with an historical marker. The marker notes the elder Scott, father of seven children, was the first African-American to win a NASCAR race in the series known today as Sprint Cup. Scott wasn’t flagged the winner, but was given the victory after he protested and everyone had left the Jacksonville, Fla., track. He also never received the race’s original trophy which was given to Buck Baker in victory lane.

Frank Scott, who remembers riding to a race on Sunday morning listening to church service on the radio, said he hopes the recognition given his father by the state of Virginia will help facilitate his election into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. In 495 Cup races, Scott posted 20 top-5 and 147 top-10 finishes in an era of segregation and civil rights demonstrations. Born in August 1921, Scott died of cancer in December 1990. Before moving to NASCAR’s top division, Scott was a successful dirt-track driver.

When asked if NASCAR was becoming a young man’s game, 54-year-old Mark Martin replied, “I don’t know.”

“I’m not sure I have a total perspective on that other than to say that you have to play to your strengths to answer your question real honestly,” Martin said. “I have some strengths. It’s not youth and exuberance, although I might have a little bit of that in me somewhere. It is experience and the things that I have had and the things that I’ve done, and, also, the opportunity to work with so many different people throughout my career, not only in Cup but in the Nationwide Series as well, especially.”

Martin noted that many of the people whom he considered young me in the sport were now in their 40s.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Timothy Peters has joined a national spokesperson panel for the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Safe Surfin’ Foundation. The organizations track down sexual predators that go after children on the Internet.

Peters will record several public service announcements that will alert children and adults to the dangers on the Internet. He also will visit Internet Task Force operations around the country.

In addition to Peters, others on the panel include Erik Estrada, Shaquille O’Neal, Kathy Ireland, Lou Ferrigno and William Lee Golden.

– Deb Williams can be reached at dwilliams@racintoday.com

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Saturday, April 6 2013
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