Buddy Baker 1980

Career Chronology: Buddy Baker Buddy Baker

  • 1959: Started racing for NASCAR.
  • 1967: Won at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  • 1970: Won at Darlington.
  • 1972: Second win at Charlotte, and won at the Coca-Cola 600.
  • 1975: Won twice at Talladega and at Atlanta.
  • 1980: Won at the Daytona 500 with an average speed of 177.6 mph.
  • 1992: Ran his final NASCAR race.
  • 1997: Inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame
  • 1998: Named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers.

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Career Highlights: Buddy Baker

  • He started his NASCAR career in 1959, following in the family tradition, after his father and alongside his brother who are also professional racers.
  • In 1970, during a test run on a closed course, he became the first driver to ever exceed 200 mph mark.
  • He had eight nineteen wins in his NASCAR career, with a Grand Slam four-win run at Daytona, Talladega, Darlington, and Charlotte.
  • Buddy Baker was a successful television announcer, and he also helped run theBuck Baker Racing School with his brother for a number of years.


Elzie Wylie “Buddy” Baker, Jr. was an American stock car racer, son of preceding racer Buck Baker and brother of fellow racer Randy Baker. He went on to win the NASCAR Championship twice.  His career lasted for 34 years, and he is regarded as one of the fastest of the top drivers on the circuit. He was born in Florence, South Carolina and eventually began his successful NASCAR career in 1959. By 1970, he had exceeded 200mph on a closed course, which was a first for any driver at the time. He was also the first person to win four majors, with a Grand Slam run, winning at Daytona, Talladega, Darlington, and Charlotte. During Buddy Baker’s NASCAR career, he won a total of nineteen times, including the 1980 Daytona 500. His victory at that race remains the fastest ever run, with an average speed of 177.602 miles per hour. His final NASCAR race was in 1992.

During his fruitful career, Buddy Baker was the first to exceed the 200 mph mark on a closed course, with a clocked speed of 200.447 mph on a test run.  Although Bobby Isaac broke that record later that year, it was found that his car was illegally modified and his run was disqualified. From 1991 to 2000, he was a television commentator for The Nashville Network, on CBS races, and then later in life as a co-host on Sirius Radio. He was inducted, alongside his father, into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1997. He recently passed away in July of 2015.

Buddy Baker Daytona 500 winner 1980

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