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The true life story of Wendell Scott, the first black stock car racing driver to win an upper tier NASCAR race.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Wendell Scott
... Hutch
... Mary
... Peewee
... Sheriff Cotton
Richie Havens ... Woodrow
Julian Bond ... Russell
... Beau Welles
Minnie Gentry ... Wendell's Mother
Lucy Saroyan ... Hutch's Wife
... Billy Joe Byrnes
Bruce Atkins ... Deputy Turner
Steve Fifield ... Deputy Drinkwater
... Mr. Jones
Georgia Allen ... Mrs. Jones
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This is the true story of Wendell Scott, America's first African American NASCAR driver, once he returns from WWII to find his hometown the way he left it. With seed money for a taxicab business, he learns all the county roads. With his new knowledge an opportunity presents itself with some steep consequences. After an invitation to the local race track, a race car driver is born. The ethnic boundaries are a part of everyday life in 1950's Amercan life. You become part of his fight for equality, fairness and the American dream.

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July 1977 (USA)  »

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Richard Pryor and Pam Grier met on the set of this movie. They fell in love, were involved for several years, and almost married. Richard's drug use almost ended their relationship. The day before they were to be married, Richard eloped with someone else, breaking Miss Grier's heart. See more »

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In many of the in-car shots during the races you can hear that they are manual transmissions being double clutched, but the drivers never take their hands of the wheel to shift. See more »

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[searching for car parts in a scrap yard]
Peewee: What'chyou looking for, Wendell?
Wendell Scott: Some of this, some of that, some of everything. A universal joint.
Peewee: Hmph. I wouldn't know a universal joint if it bit me.
Wendell Scott: Well, one's about to bite you.
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Featured in Intimate Portrait: Pam Grier (1999) See more »

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All Come True
Written by Fred Karlin & Norman Gimbel
Performed by Richie Havens
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The story about the man who broke NASCAR's Color Barrier
19 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

Whenever you think about influencial people in African-American sports history, you mostly think of Jackie Robinson, but during the Civil Rights movement of the late 1950's and early 1960's, a young racer from Danville, VA quietly broke NASCAR's color barrier and that was Wendell Scott. I think Richard Pryor did an excellent job of portraying Wendell Scott in this film and showed what is was like to race in the South at that time (1950's-1960's). This film shows that anyone can do anything, regardless of their ethnic background. The real Wendell Scott's racing career was cut short due to a serious accident during a race in Talladega, Alabama in 1973. Where would some of today's African-American racing drivers be if Wendell Scott did not open the door? A must-see for racing fans in general.


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