Famed Stateline Speedway Racer To Be Honored During Movie Premiere

Submitted image by the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame.

JAMESTOWN – One of the most popular drivers in the history of Stateline Speedway will be honored for his work during an upcoming film premiere at the Robert H. Jackson Center.

The premiere of “Jim Scott”, a documentary film chronicling his legendary racing career, will take place Sunday, September 29, at 2:00 p.m. at the center.

According to the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, Scott started racing in 1956 at the age of 18 in a 1947 Ford numbered 30/30 at the Roll-O-Bowl Speedway in Watts Flats.

His first feature win came at Sulphur Springs Raceway in Findley Lake in a 1940 Ford numbered 68.

From then on Scott was known for winning. In 1958 he bought a 1955 Chevy in which Emory had won the first ever race at Stateline, the first win of many.

“It took me a while to learn how to win, but once I did, it got a whole lot more fun,” Scott commented.

Scott was one of the very few drivers in the history of Stateline Speedway to take his talents to the ARCA and USAC stock car circuits. He raced in nearly 20 ARCA and USAC races between 1966 and 1975.

Among the tracks on which he competed were Daytona, Talladega, Pocono, Milwaukee, DuQuoin, Springfield, Salem and Trenton.

Scott was enshrined in the Warren County Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 in recognition of his outstanding racing career. His passion for racing continued following his in his sons and grandchildren.

In 2015, Scott purchased Stateline Speedway and immediately orchestrated substantial improvements to the facility.

The movie, written and produced by Randy Anderson, Greg Peterson and Randy Sweeney, highlights the prolific stock car racing achievements of one of the most popular and accomplished personalities in the 60+ years of Stateline Speedway.

Using video interviews with Scott, his family members, the priceless picture collections of racing photographers Gordon Mahan and Olen Seidler, plus vintage home movies, the film makers have brought to the screen the fantastic life of the man known far and wide for his talent behind the steering wheel of a stock car and his unrelenting devotion to the sport

Following the viewing of the 88-minute movie, Scott will engage in a question and answer session with the audience.


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