Since NASCAR legend Buddy Baker’s passing from cancer at the age of 74 on Monday morning, I’ve seen a lot of tweets from NASCAR insiders, as well as from NASCAR fans, fondly sharing memories of the “Gentle Giants.” I’ve also noticed a few compilations of tweets from NASCAR drivers an other personalities in the NASCAR garage.
This morning, I decided to compile a few of my favitore Baker tweets from fans. Some of them are quite interesting, and some of them remind me of Baker moments that I may have forgotten but bring a smile to my face once reminded.
Here are some of them:
“When I was a kid, I’d set up all my toy cars, make a track surrounded by toys, and race along with #NASCAR all day. #BuddyBaker always won.” — Cornelius (@McLocks)
“My mother-in-law babysat a young #BuddyBaker. This is his nightlight. Farewell, Mr. Baker. #NASCAR @NASCARhall.” — M. Chapple (@MurrayChapple)
– Check out the tweeted photo of Baker’s childhood nightlight (pic.twitter.com/Q5DgqQLkxn)
“One of my racing heroes is gone. I still laugh @ ambulance story. If you haven’t heard it — look it up! #BuddyBaker.” — Chuck Copeland (@ncracer)
– I think I know the story this tweet’s talking about. It’s about a wreck at the old Smoky Mountain Raceway. Baker recounts the story during a NASCAR legends gathering filmed at the NASCAR Cafe in Nashville in 1998 to help celebrate NASCAR’s 50th anniversary. I’m sure the clip of Baker talking about the incident can be found on YouTube somewhere.
By the way, the gathering is available on DVD for online ordering (stockcarlegendsreunion.com). It’s kind of pricey, but I sucked it up and ordered it a few years ago, and let me tell you, it’s entertaining from start to finish. Hint: it’s never to early to get that Christmas shopping started (No, the producers of the DVD set are NOT advertisers).
“If you want to honor #BuddyBaker consider a donation to fight #Cancer. It might help the next Buddy Baker #CancerSucks.” — Ed Justice Jr. (@EdJusticeJr)
– Great idea. Great way to honor a legend while helping others.
“Pretty sure Tim Richmond lost his first Busch pole today upstairs since #BuddyBaker showed up. Godspeed #GentleGiant.” — Charli Brown (@CharliBrown46)
I’ll end this with a quote from Baker from his final “Late Shift” SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Show on July 7:
“Do not shed a tear. Give a smile when you say my name. I’m not saying goodbye, just talk to you later.”
R.I.P., Buddy Baker
Check out our Buddy Baker photo gallery
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