MARTINSVILLE — Wendell Scott is a pioneer in the world of auto racing, and one day after Danville celebrated “Wendell Scott Day” NASCAR honored Scott and his family prior to Saturday’s Kroger 250.
Scott, who became the first African American to win a race in what is now known as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 1963, was honored with a Virginia historic marker placed in front of his longtime home in Danville on Friday. Scott died in 1990 after ending his historic career in 1973.
“Hopefully yesterday’s occasion will give more of a drive to get my father inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame,” Scott’s son Franklin said. “Hopefully more attention is given to his legacy, the things that he’s done to promote community relations throughout the South, and even throughout the country, that people will realize he deserves that. And we’re hoping my mother will be there for that as well.”
Peters becomes ‘The Deputy’
Camping World Truck Series driver Timothy Peters, a Danville native, was named a Reserve Deputy Sheriff in the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office as part of the Safe Surfin’ Foundation that tracks down sexual predators on the Internet.
Peters was sworn in by Sheriff Mike Brown, who founded the foundation, early Saturday morning. He joins an impressive list of the national spokesperson panel that includes Shaquille O’Neal, Erik Estrada, Kathy Ireland and Jeremy Piven.
“It puts a lot of different things into perspective when you have a child of your own,” Peters said. “I’m glad to donate my time when I can and help out when I can.”
First-timers have mixed results
Six rookie drivers made their NASCAR debuts during Saturday’s Kroger 250.
Chase Elliot, Erik Jones, Devin Jones, Grant Galloway, Kenny Habul, and Robert Bruce can all say that they are professional NASCAR drivers after they competed to win the famed grandfather clock awarded to the winners at Martinsville.
While none visited Victory Lane, Elliot and Jones both had strong showings finishing sixth and ninth, respectively. Jones and Habul, weren’t as successful with Jones finishing 24th and Habul, who started the day 32nd, taking 26th.
Galloway had the roughest day of the group being involved in four incidents that drew cautions, including a pair of spinouts in turn two before wrecking along with Ron Hornaday Jr. and Tim George Jr. Galloway ended the day in 27th. Bruce finished 28th after starting 33rd.
Three-time defending NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series champion German Quiroga had an awful day at the Kroger 250. After starting the day in the fifth position, the native of Mexico City finished 29th breaking a rear axel early on in the race … Jon Wes Townley’s day came to an early end on Saturday after he wrecked on the 205th lap of the race. He finished 32nd … Dakoda Armstong and Ryan Sieg had the biggest gains on the day. Armstrong started the day 28th and sped through the field on his way to a seventh-place finish. Sieg finished eighth after starting the day 29th … The Big South Conference will be represented well at Martinsville Speedway. The High Point University pep band performed the National Anthem prior to the start of Saturday’s Kroger 250 and the Virginia Military Institute Glee Club will perform the Anthem prior to today’s STP Gas Booster 500.
Damien Sordelett of the Lynchburg News & Advance contributed to this report.
Hainsfurther is a sports reporter for the Danville Register & Bee. Follow him on Twitter: @HainsfurtherGDR