NASCAR • The late Wendell Scott has earned a second NASCAR first, becoming the first black driver to be elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
The late driver was among the latest group of five — all drivers, another first — voted into the hall Wednesday. Scott joins popular NASCAR champion Bill Elliott, two-time series champ Joe Weatherly, 1960 champion Rex White and 26-time race winner Fred Lorenzen.
Scott, who died in 1990, was the first black driver to race fulltime in NASCAR’s top series, from 1961 to 1973. He started 495 Sprint Cup events and had 147 top-10 finishes. He won his only race in Jacksonville in 1963.
When the Virginian’s name was called there were enthusiastic shouts and applause from fans and family members gathered at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C.
Among Scott’s legacy to the sport is the sport’s Drive for Diversity initiative, one of the top youth development programs for multicultural and female drivers across the motorsports industry that’s been in place since 2004.
Scott’s story was loosely portrayed in the 1977 movie "Greased Lightning," starring Richard Pryor as Scott.
McIlroy, Wozniacki no longer engaged
SPORTS • Only a few days after sending out wedding invitations, golfer Rory McIlroy broke off his engagement to Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki on Wednesday. Uncomfortable and subdued, the two-time major winner spoke about the decision in Virginia Water, England, ahead of the BMW PGA Championship.
California Chrome settles in at Belmont
HORSE RACING • California Chrome has jogged for the first time on New York’s Belmont Park track as the colt prepares to try to win the Triple Crown. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner jogged 1½ miles on Wednesday. The chestnut colt will start galloping Thursday, when assistant trainer Alan Sherman says he will have a better idea of how the colt is handling the deep, sandy surface. California Chrome is set to run in the 1 ½-mile Belmont Stakes on June 7 in his bid to become the first horse to sweep the Triple Crown in 36 years.
The Associated Press
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