It was 49 years ago that NASCAR denied Wendell Scott what he earned the first time.

If you are not familiar with the legacy of Scott, he was the first African American driver (and to date the only) to win a NASCAR race. it was 1964. The south was going through the growing pains of integration and NASCAR, with is southern roots and confederate flags, was one of the last bastions of the old south. That is until a brash racer from Virginia decided he wanted to race.

It was not easy for Scott, he usually raced with out of date or hand me down equipment, and many of the other drivers didn't want him on the track.

When he finally won a race, at the Jacksonville Speedway Park, NASCAR initially denied him the victory, before a "scoring error" was discovered, and NASCAR eventually would give him his trophy and paycheck. Scott theorized that NASCAR didn't want a black man kissing a white beauty queen.

Today, it appears as if NASCAR still doesn't want a black man with its beauty queen, only the queen is shiny new Hall of Fame. And it's not just Scott, many of NASCAR's trailblazers have been forgotten in the first three induction classes.

Are there drivers with more wins? Sure. Are there drivers with more accomplished careers? Absolutely. But Scott is to racing, what Jackie Robinson was to baseball, braving to cross color lines when it was not popular, and in fact it was dangerous. Like Robinson he did it with class and dignity.

"It meant so much for us to do thing with humlity," said Scotts son Frank said in Martinsville on Saturday. "Two words that he used to talk about were humility and perseverance. He knew the struggle, he was prepared. He was always emphatic about not giving up and about staying the course."

This week, Scott was honored with a marker in his hometown of Danville and his family stood in the pits of driver with perhaps the best chance of being the next African American to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup race, current Truck series driver Darrell Wallace, Jr.

We already know Wendell Scott will be among the 25 nominees for the Hall that will be announced this Wednesday, he was added to the pool last year.

Every year on the NASCAR Media Tour, NASCAR trots out it's "Drive for Diversity Class." The sport seems proud of its push for a more diverse sport.  Wendell passed in 1990, and wasn't around to see this diversity push by NASCAR.  But if NASCAR is serious diversity, then Scott has to be in this years Hall of Fame Class.

"Hopefully yesterday's occasion will give more of a drive to get my father inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame," said the younger Scott. "As more attention is given to his legacy and the things that he has done to promote community relations though out the south and even throughout the country that people will realize he deserves that."

I couldn't agree more. Do not deny Scott a place he has earned for a second time.