NASCAR lost the Gentle Giant Monday. Elzie Wylie “Buddy” Baker Jr., the 1980 Daytona 500 champion and famed NASCAR commentator, died after a battle with cancer,. Baker was 74. At 6 feet 6 inches tall Baker was known to many as the Gentle Giant , but to his competitors he was known as “Leadfoot” for the speeds he regularly reached during his 33-year career.
Monday as the tributes began to pour out, one NASCAR legend talked about his friend and former competitor. Three time NASCAR champion Darrell Waltrip followed a similar path to Baker, joining the ranks of NASCAR TV commenters after he retired from racing in 2000.
“We have lost another NASCAR legend,” Waltrip said in a press release from his current employer Fox Sports. MORE>>>