By AMANDA VINCENT
Funeral service for legendary NASCAR driver and broadcaster Elzie Wylie “Buddy” Baker Jr., who passed away Monday at the age of 74 after a battle with lung cancer, will be at 2 p.m. ET Aug. 18 at Avondale Presbyterian Church 2821 Park Road, Charlotte, NC. Burial will follow at Sharon Memorial Park on Monroe Rd. in Charlotte.
The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, expesssions of sympathy take the form of donations to the Humane Society of Iredell, 110 Robinson Rd., Mooresville, NC 28117.
Baker was a NASCAR driver for 33 years before retiring from competition in 1992. He won 19 races at NASCAR’s top level, including the 1972 and 1973 World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the 1970 Southern 500 and the 1980 Daytona 500. He is also credited with being the first driver to surpass the 200 mph mark on a closed course during a test at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in 1970.
Baker also was a television broadcaster, covering NASCAR races for The Nashville Network and CBS. He most recently co-hosted the “Late Shift” show on SiriusXM NASCAR radio. He stepped away from the show for health reasons on July 7.
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