Ribbs’ wrong turn helped open door for Earnhardt

After the retirement of Wendell Scott in 1973, NASCAR racing had no competitive black drivers at its highest level. Lowe’s Motor Speedway president Humpy Wheeler sought to remedy that in 1978 when he introduced Willy T. Ribbs as his latest entry in the World 600, since renamed the Coca-Cola 600.

Ribbs’ wrong turn helped open door for Earnhardt

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