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That’s History Profile: Buddy Baker

Wylie Baker Jr., better know to racing fans as Buddy, was born January 25, 1941, in Florence, S.C., the son of the late Buck Baker, himself a Hall of Fame NASCAR driver. Buddy began his NASCAR career in 1959 at the age of 17, finishing 14th driving a car for his father at Columbia, S.C. in NASCAR's convertible division. He would win his first race in 1967 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway's National 500, driving the No. 3 Dodge Charger for owner Ray Fox. For Buddy, the accelerator pedal wasn't so much a linear control used to modulate engine power as it was an on/off switch.

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That’s History Profiles: Derrike Cope

Dale Earnhardt seemed destined to finally win the race that had eluded him through his entire career after dominating the event, leading 155 of 200 laps. However, a broken piece of transmission bellhousing from Ricky Rudd's No. 5 Levi-Garrett Chevrolet ended that notion. Earnhardt ran over the debris entering turn 3 at about 195 mph, and cut down a right rear tire. The black No. 3 GM Goodwrench Lumina wobbled up the racetrack and slowed, clearing the way for relative unknown Derrike Cope from Spanaway, Wash. to capture his first career victory in NASCAR's biggest race.

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