Baker makes premier series debut

Saturday, April 4, 1959 – Buddy Baker, son of two-time premier series champion Buck Baker, makes his NASCAR debut when he competes at Columbia (S.C.) Speedway in the season’s ninth race. Baker started 18th in the 21-car field and finished 14th in a car fielded by his father.

Baker was one of several drivers who drove for Buck Baker through the years. Buddy ran six races in ’59 for his dad and continued to make occasional starts for him through 1967.

None of Baker’s 19 career wins came driving for his father, although he did manage 19 top-five finishes, including two second-place results.

Baker made 700 starts, the final coming in 1992 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in NASCAR’s top series. Among his victories were wins in the Daytona 500, the World 600 and Southern 500.

In addition to his racing exploits, Baker also enjoyed a successful career as a broadcaster, serving as a NASCAR analyst for various networks as well as a radio host.

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