Buck Baker had 46 wins in a career that spanned 26 years. He was the first NASCAR driver to claim back-to-back championships (1956 and 1957) and had 45 poles, 246 top fives and 372 top 10s.
NASCAR Hall of Fame: Buck Baker
NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Buddy Baker has won19 races including the Daytona 500 and Southern 500.
Susan Baker Accepts Award for late Husband Buck Baker , and tells story of Jeff Gordon at Buck's driving school.
Presenting NASCAR content from around the web Editor's note: On Wednesday at noon ET, "High 5" will present some of the best NASCAR-related content from around the web. 1. The Tom Brady of NASCAR? During his post-victory press conference at Indianapolis, Kyle Busch made an interesting comparison. "As far as right now, Tom Brady's going to be suspended for the first four games of the season and he's probably going to go on and compete for a championship and might even win the Super Bowl and I doubt anyone's going to take away a Super Bowl championship from that gentleman," Busch said, addressing his critics who say he doesn't deserve to win a championship after missing 11 races due to injury. Unfortunate timing for "Rowdy", as the verdict for the infamous "Deflategate" was released yesterday, upholding the four-game suspension for Brady after it was discovered that the New England Patriots quarterback destroyed his cell phone, aka evidence. Oops. Looks like Kyle better keep his phone in tip-top shape if he's going to keep the comparision going. Otherwise, who knows what the critics will dream up! 2. Buddy Baker's courage He may not be able to drive 200 mph anymore, but Buddy Baker's courage has never wavered. Facing a recent diagnosis of inoperable lung cancer in December, the 74-year-old retired NASCAR wheelman -- whose celebrated career spanned from 1959 to 1994 -- told "The Charlotte Observer" that he's "right with The Man Upstairs" and "if (he) feared death, (he) never would have driven a race car." In his 700 starts, Baker earned 19 victories and 38 poles, including his famed 1980 Daytona 500 win in the iconic No. 28 "Gray Ghost" Oldsmobile. The Observer's Tom Higgins recently sat down with Baker for a story that depicts his long racing tenture, legacy and courage for what lies ahead. Click here to read the entire piece . 3. From football to racing Before entering the racing world, Landon Walker -- gasman for the teams of Kasey Kahne and Chase Elliott -- spent his weekends on the football field playing for Clemson University. Walker was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals, but he failed his physical (balky knee) and didn't get to try out, leading him to NASCAR. During this weekend's Brickyard race at Indianapolis, Walker received an opportunity to catch up with an old teammate and friend -- former Clemson player and current Indianapolis Colts tight end, Dwayne Allen. Former Clemson teammates @Dallen83 and @JLandonWalker catch up at @IMS during #Brickyard400 weekend. pic.twitter.com/Oin8WSJxzS — Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) July 25, 2015 Click here to read the full story from FOX Sports' Jay Pennell. 4. Unlikely comeback Many imagined Kyle Busch 's return to racing after his injury at the beginning of the season would be tough. Some thought he might come back to win one, trying to prove himself. But likely no one imagined "Rowdy" would take the checkered in four out of five races following his big return. In this story from Mashable, Sam Laird examines his injury at Daytona, his comeback and fight heading into the championship. See the entire story here . 5. Later, alligator The Charlotte Stone Crabs -- a Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays -- received quite the surprise in their visitors' dugout on Friday. There is a 10 foot alligator just chilling in the visiting teams dugout at our field #MilbProbz pic.twitter.com/DSP0OKGd8F — kyle mckenzie (@kmckenzie13) July 24, 2015 Talk about something that would only happen in the wonderfully strange state of Florida. Next time, the team should call Jeff Gordon 's son Leo -- it looks like he's got a handle on wildlife. Photo courtesy of JeffGordon.com To read Cut 4's entire story on the wild incident, click here .
This week the guys debate their favorite racing movies, recap Kyle Busch's historic run and what it will take to capture glory at Pocono Raceway. Other topics include Jeff Gordon, weight loss and balloons.
Nominee for the NASCAR Hall of Fame
Driver of No. 21 will sport paint job with 2,000 photos of history RELATED: Buy tickets for Darlington Wood Brothers Racing is the latest to reveal a throwback paint scheme look for the upcoming Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway -- and boy, does it not disappoint. The South Carolina track is promoting a "throwback" theme for the famous Labor Day weekend Bojangles' Southern 500 (Sept. 6, 7 p.m. ET, NBC) and teams have slowly been revealing paint scheme designs leading up to the event. RELATED: Elliott's Darlington paint scheme revealed Not to be outdone by the several other teams that have already revealed their looks, the Wood Brothers took "throwback" to another level on its No. 21 Ford, including over 2,000 photos from the team's history, dating back 60 years. Excited to unveil this extremely special @Snapon_Tools paint scheme with over 2,000 historical Wood Brothers photos pic.twitter.com/n0rCNTMtdN — Wood Brothers Racing (@woodbrothers21) August 4, 2015 It's not everyday you wheel a race car up to the Gov. mansion. S.C. Gov Nikki Hayley @Blaney & boss man @Leonard_Wood pic.twitter.com/H09VPwWGt4 — Wood Brothers Racing (@woodbrothers21) August 4, 2015 There are thousands of memories on this car! Eddie Wood is sharing some memories with people after the unveiling. pic.twitter.com/MsEkMxIIv5 — Wood Brothers Racing (@woodbrothers21) August 4, 2015 Of course the "photo album" wouldn't be complete without a picture of one of #NASCAR 's finest, Buddy Baker . pic.twitter.com/oA9RpwiCtF — Wood Brothers Racing (@woodbrothers21) August 4, 2015 Blaney has never run a Sprint Cup car at Darlington. He finished 43rd in the XFINITY Series race at the venue in 2012 in his only national series start at the South Carolina track.
Evernham, Kulwicki, Martin added to ballot; Landmark Award nominees named Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.— Legendary engine builders, crew chiefs, owners and drivers. Their roles and responsibilities may have differed, but they all have one trait in common – each made an everlasting mark on NASCAR history. NASCAR today announced the 20 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016, as well as the five nominees for the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR. Included among the list are five first-time nominees – legends all – who exceled in various disciplines, at various levels. RELATED: Photo gallery of the Class of 2016 nominees Among them are three-time NASCAR premier series championship crew chief Ray Evernham; 1970 NASCAR premier series championship crew chief Harry Hyde; 1992 NASCAR premier series champion Alan Kulwicki; winner of a combined 96 NASCAR national series races, Mark Martin; and 1986 NASCAR west series champion Hershel McGriff. For a full list of nominees, please see below. The nominees were selected by a nominating committee consisting of representatives from NASCAR and the NASCAR Hall of Fame, track owners from both major facilities and historic short tracks and the media. The committee's votes were tabulated by accounting firm Ernst & Young. From the list of 20 NASCAR Hall of Fame nominees, five inductees will be elected by the NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel, which includes a nationwide fan vote on NASCAR.com. Voting Day for the 2016 class will be Wednesday, May 20. The five nominees for the Landmark Award are Harold Brasington, H. Clay Earles, Raymond Parks, Ralph Seagraves and Ken Squier (more on each below). Potential Landmark Award recipients include competitors or those working in the sport as a member of a racing organization, track facility, race team, sponsor, media partner or being a general ambassador for the sport through a professional or non-professional role. Award winners remain eligible for NHOF enshrinement. Following are the 20 nominees for induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, listed alphabetically: Buddy Baker , won 19 times in NASCAR's premier (now Sprint Cup) series, including the Daytona 500 and Southern 500 Red Byron , first NASCAR premier series champion, in 1949 Richard Childress, 11-time car owner champion in NASCAR’s three national series Jerry Cook , six-time NASCAR Modified champion Ray Evernham , three-time NASCAR premier series championship crew chief Ray Fox , legendary engine builder and owner of cars driven by Buck Baker , Junior Johnson and others Rick Hendrick, 14-time car owner champion in NASCAR's three national series Harry Hyde , 1970 NASCAR premier series championship crew chief Bobby Isaac , 1970 NASCAR premier series champion Alan Kulwicki , 1992 NASCAR premier series champion Terry Labonte , two-time NASCAR premier series champion Mark Martin , 96-time race winner in NASCAR national series competition Hershel McGriff, 1986 NASCAR west series champion Raymond Parks , NASCAR's first champion car owner Benny Parsons , 1973 NASCAR premier series champion Larry Phillips , only five-time NASCAR weekly series national champion O. Bruton Smith , builder of Charlotte Motor Speedway and architect of Speedway Motorsports Inc. Mike Stefanik , winner of record-tying nine NASCAR championships Curtis Turner, early personality, called the "Babe Ruth of stock car racing" Robert Yates , won NASCAR premier series championship as both an engine builder and owner The five nominees for the Landmark Award are as follows… Harold Brasington , founder of Darlington Speedway H. Clay Earles , founder of Martinsville Speedway Raymond Parks , NASCAR's first champion car owner Ralph Seagraves , formed groundbreaking Winston-NASCAR partnership as executive with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Ken Squier , legendary radio and television broadcaster; inaugural winner/namesake of Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence The 22-person Nominating Committee are as follows... NOMINATION COMMITTEE NASCAR Hall of Fame: Executive Director Winston Kelley; Historian Buz McKim. NASCAR Officials: Chairman / CEO Brian France; Vice Chairman Jim France; Vice Chairman of NASCAR Mike Helton; Chief Operating Officer Brent Dewar; Executive Vice President / Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell; Executive Vice President / Chief Marketing Officer Steve Phelps; Senior Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton; Competition Administrator Jerry Cook (Note: Due to Jerry Cook's inclusion on the ballot for the NHOF Class of 2015, he was recused from voting for the Class of 2016 nominees.) Track Owners/Operators: International Speedway Corporation CEO Lesa Kennedy; Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell; Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage; Atlanta Motor Speedway President Ed Clark; former Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Tony George; Dover Motorsports CEO Denis McGlynn; Pocono Raceway board of directors member Looie McNally; Bowman Gray Stadium operator Dale Pinilis; Holland Motorsports Complex operator Ron Bennett; Rockford Speedway operator Jody Deery; West Coast representative Ken Clapp. Media: Mike Joy, FOX. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today
The GarageCam crew takes a stroll through the Camping World Truck Series garage at Pocono Raceway and asks several drivers which music they prefer pre-race.