Bubba Wallace, who was only the second black driver in NASCAR’s rich history at the very top level, had always connected his name with Wendell Scott Sr. at Talladega in October. While he looks ready to start his second season, he will do it with a heavy heart.
Wendall Scott Jr., who has been a supporter of Bubba Wallace, shockingly passes away. The connection between Bubba Wallaca and Wendall Scott Sr. goes way back even before the Talladega win.
While it seems like it might have started with the Talladega win, the family of Wendall Scott have been supporting the up and coming driver in every step of the journey. Bubba has also recognized the support and has been seen in a lot of events with the Wendall Scott Sr. and family.
In one of the events, Brandon Thompson, Bubba Wallace, and Steve Phelps joined Wendell Scott’s family as they presented them with a trophy recognizing Scott’s win at Jacksonville from Dec. 1963, as posted on Twitter.
Bubba Wallace took to twitter and expressed the misery he is in, after listening to this awful news. He was reminiscent the texts that he used to receive from his big brother. He further added that he met Jr. in 2008 at Franklin County Speedway and how much he had done for his career and growth.
Bubba Wallace had nothing but a message full of love and respect for Wendall Scott Jr.
He ended his tweet saying, “May one of the best rest easy! Love you bro.”
Wendall Scott Sr. confirmed the shocking departure of Wendall Scott Jr on Twitter. He also said that the funeral preparations are incomplete and during this difficult phase, the family would like their privacy to be respected and rightly so, too.
In addition to all the support, NASCAR also offered its condolences to the family.
“From his younger days working on his father’s race car, Wendell Scott Jr.’s passion for racing helped lift his father to the pinnacle of our sport,” NASCAR officials said in a statement. “When his time as a competitor concluded, Wendell dedicated his life to preserving – and growing – his father’s rich legacy. NASCAR is saddened to learn of his passing, and extends its deepest condolences to the entire Scott family during this difficult time,” as reported by sportscasting.
Wendall Scott Jr. was a constant support in his father’s journey whether it was professionally or personally. He was a member of his father’s crew and also did take up racing for a brief period. He shall always stay in our memory and we hope that the family gets the strength to deal with his tragic death.