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Wendell Scott


1921 Born August 29 in Danville, Virginia
1942-45 Serves in World War II in Army's 101st Airborne
1943 Marries
1947 Races for first time, Danville Fairgrounds; begins racing in the Dixie Circuit
1950 Opens car repair shop; makes first attempt to race in the NASCAR circuit
1954 Begins racing in the NASCAR Modified Division
1961 Debuts in NASCAR's Grand National at Spartenburg Fairgrounds in South Carolina
1973 Suffers major injuries in a pileup at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama; retires from racing
1977 Greased Lightning, a film based on his life starring Richard Pryor released
1990 Dies December 23 from complications due to spinal cancer

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