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The only book-length account of the life of Wendell Scott, the one-time moonshine runner who broke the color barrier in stock-car racing in 1952 and, against all odds, competed for more than 20 years in a sport dominated by Southern Whites.

Hard Driving is the story of one man's determination to live the life he loved and to compete at the highest level of his sport. When Wendell Scott became NASCAR's version of Jackie Robinson in the segregated 1950s, some speedways refused to let him race. Scott appealed directly to the sport's founder, NASCAR czar Bill France Sr., who promised that NASCAR would treat him without prejudice. For the next two decades, Scott chased a dream whose fulfillment depended on France backing up that promise. France reneged on his pledge, but Scott did receive inspiring support from White drivers who admired his skill and tenacity, such as NASCAR champions Ned Jarrett and Richard Petty.

©2008 Brian Donovan (P)2021 Truth to Power

Critic Reviews

"Hard Driving is an almost bigger-than-life account of Scott, NASCAR's first and only black driver to compete on a regular basis.... Donovan tells it like it was.... A copy of Brian Donovan's masterpiece should be in every library in the country, including schools. No value can be placed on its worth, not only from the stock car racing side, but from the black history aspect.... The only down side of this release is the fact Wendell Scott never had the opportunity to read it. Read it. You will be glad you did. And I'll add this little warning. The last part may bring a tear or two to your eyes." (Morris Stephenson in The Franklin News-Post)

"Donovan has written a book that is both a history and a sports classic." (Detroit Free Press

"A fascinating book...a wonderful story about a really interesting guy." (Toronto Star

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