Buddy Baker – 1980 Daytona 500 Winner
February 17, 1980 the 22nd running of the “Great American Race”
After 17 years of bad luck Buddy Baker was the 1980 Daytona 500 winner. He was always fast it’s just that something was always going wrong, not this year. Starting on the pole lady luck was on Buddy’s side. Guess who was in the top 5 again? Rookie of the year in 1979 – Dale Earnhardt. Dale had to start in the back and quickly got to the leaders, he led for 10 laps and finished in 4th. Not bad Dale…
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Buddy Baker dominated the race, but Dale Earnhardt was a close second. You know he was positioning himself to go for the win. After the final pit stop, Baker got in and out in 6 seconds but Dale got an out of balance left rear and had to return to the pits a lap later. The 1980 Daytona 500 was Buddy Bakers to win. The 1980 Daytona 500 winner Buddy Baker…
Baker earned this one after 17 years of trying and something going wrong every-time. Buddy never gave up and on the 17th day in February 1980 Buddy Baker won the Daytona 500 with an average speed of 177.6 mph, a record that still stands today! Buddy Baker was the first driver to break the 200 mph barrier, that was at Talladega Super-speedway, March 24, 1970
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