Kyle Petty visits Danville

"This made my day!!! Kyle Petty came for lunch at Rubens too," Susan Shanaberger said on Facebook.

Former NASCAR driver Kyle Petty is visiting Danville, Virginia Thursday, May 30 to film an episode of NBC Sports "Coffee with Kyle" with the family of Wendell Scott Sr. 

"It’s pretty cool because he’s never been to Danville or been to the [Wendell Scott Sr.] garage. To be able to reminisce with him and for him to be able to soak it all up is great," Warrick Scott, founder and CEO of the Wendell Scott Foundation said.

Warrick Scott said his father, Frank Scott, and uncle, Wendell Scott Jr., grew up with Petty and attended races together. 

Wendell Scott Sr. and Richard Petty, father of Kyle, raced together during the 1960s and 1970s. 

Wendell Scott Sr. was the first African American driver in NASCAR and won one race at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Florida on Dec. 1, 1963. 

Petty went on to become the winningest driver in NASCAR history with 200 wins before being surpassed by Monster Energy Series driver Kyle Busch earlier in 2019. 

Both Richard Petty and Wendell Scott Sr. are members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Warrick Scott said NASCAR fans and those who enjoy Danville history are in for a treat. 

"It's going to be a great show. We will also be talking about the Wendell Scott Foundation," Warrick Scott said. 

Before the filming, Petty enjoyed lunch at Ruben's Too on Franklin Turnpike.

The episode date has not been released. 

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