Former NASCAR star Buddy Baker, 74, dies of lung cancer

(Photo: Ted Van Pelt / 1985 / Creative Commons)

Former NASCAR star Buddy Baker has died of lung cancer at the age of 74, it was announced Monday morning by SiriusXM NASCAR radio, where Baker had been co-host of a popular show.

Baker, the son of NASCAR Hall of Fame member Buck Baker, is best known as the winner of the 1980 Daytona 500. In that race, Baker averaged 177.602 miles per hour, a recored that still stands today.

In addition, Baker was the first driver to turn a lap of more than 200 mph in a stock car, which he achieved at Talladega Superspeedway in March 1970.

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