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Funeral Service Information for Buddy Baker Released

Funeral service information has been released for former Sprint Cup Series driver and broadcaster Buddy Baker. Baker passed away on Monday at the age of 74 after a short battle with lung cancer. The funeral will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. ET. at Avondale Presbyterian Church …

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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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Racing at the Beach: Legends Set the Stage, 1971-1975

The Grand National Circuit, in the process of becoming Winston Cup, was very different than it had been when the drivers and teams had been there in 1970. The Factory Wars were over: Ford had announced it would not run any factory teams in 1971, and Chrysler was supporting only two cars, Richard Petty in a Plymouth and Buddy Baker in a Petty Enterprises Dodge.

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