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Hard Driving: The Wendell Scott Story

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Hard Driving is the dramatic story of one man’s dogged determination to live the life he loved, and to compete, despite daunting obstacles, at the highest level of his sport.

Wendell Scott figured he was signing up for trouble when he became nascar’s version of Jackie Robinson in the segregated 1950s. Some speedways refused to let him race. “Go home, nigger,” spectators ye
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Hardcover, 328 pages
Published August 19th 2008 by Steerforth (first published January 1st 2008)
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Heather
Apr 19, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved this book from start to finish. When I first got the book, I thought I may not enjoy it. I am a huge NASCAR fan but I do not know much about their history and I was not sure I would enjoy reading a biography about someone I never heard of. But this book is not just a biography. The author artfully weaves in the history of the segregational south, and north for that matter, and Wendell Scott's story together. The reader is able to follow Mr. Scott as he goes from bootlegging to ...more
Jeffrey
Dec 11, 2008 Jeffrey rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People interested in NASCAR and/or Civil Rights history only
Recommended to Jeffrey by: Baltimore City Paper
Brian Donovan's (mostly) excellent biography of Wendell Scott suffers from two understandable issues: a lack of original documentary information (NASCAR was not really covered during Scott's era), and covering a sport that many do not find interesting. I, unfortunately, am among that category.

Nonetheless, Donovan did the leg work both through interviews and through what documents could be found to bring (the much overlooked) Wendell Scott's story to life.

If you're a NASCAR fan, or a passionate
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