I’m saddened to say that NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Buddy Baker announced Tuesday night that he has inoperable lung cancer. Baker will be stepping down from his co-host position on the shows “Late Shift” and “Tradin’ Paint” on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, effective immediately.
The “Gentle Giant”, a Charlotte, North Carolina native, has won 19 races and 38 poles in what is now the Sprint Cup Series. In 1980, not only did he win the Daytona 500 with an average speed of 177.602 mph, he also became the first driver to reach 200 mph on a closed course at Talladega Superspeedway. Buddy Baker was one of NASCAR’s best superspeedway racers, winning one Daytona 500, one Southern 500, and three Coca-Cola 600s.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Buddy and the entire Baker family during this very difficult time.