NASCAR teams across all three national series — Sprint Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck — will have special decals honoring the late Buddy Baker on their racing vehicles this weekend at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The Xfinity Series races Saturday at Mid-Ohio. Both the Truck Series and Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan this weekend, with the truck running Saturday and the Sprint Cup Series on Sunday in the Pure Michigan 400.
Baker, a legendary NASCAR driver and broadcaster, passed away early Monday morning after battling lunch cancer.
Baker posted 19 wins throughout his 33-year driving career, including back-to-back wins in the World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1972 and 1973, the 1970 Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway and the 1980 Daytona 500. He was also the first driver to top the 200 mph mark on a closed course, doing so during a test at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in 1980.
He was a broadcaster for CBS and The Nashville Network. Most recently he was co-host of the “Late Shift” on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, a post he walked away from because of health reasons last month.
Baker’s funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET Aug. 18 at Avondale Presbyterian Church in Charlotte. The family asks that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to the Humane Society of Iredell in Mooresville, N.C.
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