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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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