NASCAR: Legend Buddy Baker Dies At Age 74

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR Media Release — ISC Archives via Getty Images photo — Elzie Wylie “Buddy” Baker Jr., the 1980 Daytona 500 champion and famed NASCAR commentator, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 74 (b. 1-25-41). At 6 feet 6 inches tall, Buddy Baker was often called the “Gentle Giant,” though the nickname “Leadfoot” was more apropos …

Tom Time: Reflecting On Buddy Baker’s NASCAR Legacy

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Column By Race Chaser Online Senior Editor Tom Baker — ISC Archives via Getty Images photo — I was probably 7 or 8 years old when I first became aware of NASCAR. I was a 1970s kid in Central New York state, 750 miles from NASCAR country. Until the end of that decade, we got parts of some …