Buddy Baker

  • Born: January 25, 1941
  • Died: August 10, 2015
  • Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

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Buddy Baker, a former Daytona 500 winner and NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee, has died after a brief battle with lung cancer, according to The Associated Press. He was 74.

Legendary NASCAR driver and broadcaster

(AP) Buddy Baker, a former Daytona 500 winner and NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee, has died after a brief battle with lung cancer, according to The Associated Press. Baker, who died early Monday, was 74.

Buddy Baker, a former Daytona 500 winner and NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee, has died after a brief battle with lung cancer, according to The Associated Press. Baker was 74.

SiriusXM NASCAR Radio announced Baker died early Monday. Baker stepped down from his role as co-host of "The Late Shift" for the station last month when he announced he had a "huge tumor" in his lung that was inoperable.

Baker won 19 races in what is now the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, including the 1980 Daytona 500. He made his series debut in 1959 and ran his final Cup race in 1992.

Among his victories were the 1970 Southern 500, and the Coca-Cola 600 in 1968, 1972 and 1973. He was named one of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers in 1998.

Baker was the first driver to exceed 200 mph on a closed course when he did it in 1970 at Talladega Superspeedway.

He was born Elzie Wylie Baker Jr. Jan. 25, 1941, in Florence, South Carolina.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I was a friend of Buddy's and we did a lot together on and off the track. He was a friend. I am sorry that I could not make it to your final ride my friend, but my health has not been the best lately and I did not feel well enough to make the drive up there and back by myself. I will keep you in my prayers. Joe Frasson

Posted by Joe Frasson - Spartanburg, SC - Friend   August 19, 2015

I did not know Buddy Baker, but I do know Joe Frasson and he has told me a lot of sorties of the two. Joe would talk a lot about the racing days while he was in the hospital 1 1/2 years ago fighting AML Leukemia. I am much younger then the two men, but I still enjoy hearing and seeing pictures of the two having a good old time, just racing and enjoying life. My prayers are with the family during this time and I hope and pray that you know Buddy is now with God. He is out of pain and having a racing good time in heaven.

Posted by Cindy Keith - Spartanburg, SC   August 18, 2015

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My first race was at Darlington,SC "Southern 500" Sept. 1976 . That all it took, I was hook on racing after that race. I would go to 8 to 10 races a year for the next 38 years. I pick Buddy Baker for my driver because of the person he was, I never met a person that didn't like Buddy, that should tell you something about him. When he got hurt in, I think it was 1986 and in the Charlotte Hospital, I sent him a get well card. I was at The Richmond Race but he wasn't there and when they were leaving after the race, I was on the bank watching the car hauler leave when Buddy hauler came by, I had my Crisco Shirt on and the driver wave for me to come on down to the truck. They had stop , I went down and told him I sent Buddy a get well card to the hospital. He said if he get it he will reply back, that the way he is. When I got home and got my mail, there was a letter for me from Buddy Baker with a card that said TO CHESTER FROM BUDDY BAKER . I still have it in a frame on my wall. You and your family are in our prayers. Chester & Chickey Huffman

Posted by Chester Huffman - Smith Mountian Lake, VA - Friend   August 11, 2015

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I loved listening to Buddy on NASCAR radio. He was such a great story teller and historian of the sport. We will miss you Buddy. You and your family will be in my prayers.

Posted by Diane DeRue - Wooster, OH - Fan   August 10, 2015


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Buddy Baker, a former Daytona 500 winner and NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee, has died after a brief battle with lung cancer, according to The Associated Press. He was 74.