Danville considers signs to honor NASCAR pioneer Wendell Scott

Danville considers signs to honor NASCAR pioneer Wendell Scott

NASCAR legend and Danville native Wendell Scott may soon be honored in the city through support of city council.

The Wendell Scott Foundation wants to honor him with welcome signs at each major roadway leading into Danville, according to our sister station WSET.

The foundation made their official pitch to Danville City Council at their meeting Tuesday night.

"The signage would identify the city of Danville as the home of his native son, Wendell Scott," founder and CEO of the foundation Warrick Scott said.

Warrick is also Wendell Scott's grandson.

"I think it's a proper way to acknowledge my grandfather's historic success in NASCAR and also his achievements during the civil rights era or even before the civil rights era began," Warrick Scott said. 

Throughout the past several months, the Wendell Scott Foundation has collected more than 700 signatures on a petition in favor of putting up the signs.

Martinsville Speedway, South Boston Speedway, and VIR are three racetracks surrounding Danville that Scott raced multiple times.

"Martinsville is a special track for us," Warrick mentioned.

The Danville Pittsylvania Chamber of Commerce said they support the signage. 

"Imagine the impact, I know our hotels usually fill up when there's a race, so just imagine those who are driving through it's like, 'oh that's the home of Wendell Scott, maybe I should check it out,' and that's just bringing in even more who were just going to pass through," Tourism Coordinator of the Danville Pittsylvania Chamber of Commerce Amy Boles said.

Danville City Council members also said they support the signage.

"We have a hero here and we certainly need to tell the world that Wendell Scott was our hero," council member Gary Miller said. 

Council member Lee Vogler also commented, "Wendell Scott was certainly a trailblazer and someone that I think all Danvillians are certainly proud of and should be proud of."

During the Danville City Council work session, it was decided to create a board to determine the next steps to take to make the dream of the Wendell Scott foundation become a reality.

More will be known in January at the next council meeting which is scheduled for January 2.



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