Racing Against the Odds

Racing Against the Odds

The Story of Wendell Scott, Stock Car Racings African-American Champion

By Carole Boston Weatherford; Eric A. Velasquez (Illustrator)

Cavendish Square Publishing, Hardcover, 9780761454656, 40pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2009

Wendell O. Scott made history as the only black driver to win a race in a NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint 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.

About the Author
Carole Boston Weatherford is the acclaimed author of more than forty books, including "Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom", winner of a Caldecott Honor, the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration, and the NAACP Image Award; and "Becoming Billie Holiday", winner of a Coretta Scott King Author Honor. She is also the recipient of the North Carolina Award for Literature. Carole lives in North Carolina and teaches at Fayetteville State University. Visit her at