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John Herschel Barnhill

NASCAR driver and cab company owner, was the son of Hattie Bryant and Elias Bowie Sr. Sometimes erroneously listed as Elias Bowie Jr. Eliso, was the first black NASCAR driver, not, as is often claimed, Wendell Scott or Charlie Scott. Wendell Scott was a full-time racer who in 1963 became the first African American to win a NASCAR Grand National event. Unrelated to Wendell, Charlie Scott finished nineteenth in a Daytona Beach road race in 1956, but Elias Bowie was the first, in 1955, to drive in and finish a NASCAR race.

His military-issue headstone lists his birth year as 1914, while the Social Security Death Index says 1909, but Elias Bowie Jr. was born in 1910 the son of Hattie Bryant and Elias Bowie Sr Hattie was a laundress and Elias senior was a hotel porter in San Antonio Texas The two may ...

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Adam Rosen

race car driver, was born William Alexander Lester III in Washington, D.C., one of two children of Rochelle Reed, a teacher with a graduate degree in Social Services and patron of the arts, and William A. Lester, Jr., a chemical engineer and college professor. Due to his father's work as an academic and researcher, Bill Lester spent much of his early childhood on the move, living alternatively in Washington, D.C., Madison, Wisconsin, and the San Francisco, California, Bay area. Lester lived in San Jose, California, for the bulk of his schooling years, moving briefly to Oakland, California, before attending college at the University of California in nearby Berkeley. In 1984, Lester graduated from Berkeley with a degree in electrical engineering and computer science. That same year he joined the Hewlett‐Packard Company, the Palo Alto, California‐based computer and information technology products manufacturer.

Lester entered motorsports in 1985 racing ...

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Jason Philip Miller

professional race car driver, was born in San Jose, California, to William “Bunny” Theodore Ribbs, a plumber, and Geraldine Henderson, a homemaker. Bunny was also a racer, though on the amateur track. As a child Ribbs worked on his grandfather's ranch, and was being groomed to one day take over his father's plumbing business. Perhaps not surprisingly, it was his father's other passion that won his love. Ribbs attended local schools, including San Jose City College, where he was enrolled from 1975 to 1977.

Shortly after graduating high school in 1975 Ribbs began to race cars in Europe He won the Dunlop Championship in a Ford Formula car in just his first season as a competitor and returned to the United States more certain of his future than ever Three years later he made a passing go at NASCAR driving attempting to qualify for the ...

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David F. Smydra

race-car driver, was born Wendell Oliver Scott in the Crooktown section of Danville, Virginia, the first of two children of William Scott, a mechanic, and his wife, Martha, who each had one daughter from previous marriages. Before Scott entered the first grade, William took a mechanical job in Pittsburgh and moved the whole family to Pennsylvania. After a few years they relocated to Louisville, Kentucky, to live with Martha's aunt. (This side of the family was related to Muhammad Ali, making Scott a distant cousin of the famed boxer.) Meanwhile, Martha's mother, who owned Scott's Grocery back in Danville, took ill. Martha moved the family back to Virginia so that she could run the store, where Scott worked while he went to school.

At the age of eighteen Scott began driving for a local taxicab company and four years later joined the army He served as ...