9. Buddy Baker


Born Elzie Wylie Baker Jr., he took to the nickname Buddy about as happily as he took to the track.  Baker, who won the 1980 Daytona 500 and is a member of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers, accumulated 19 wins in 700 races over a 34 year career.





The Bullet Points:

Country of Origin:
Florence, South Carolina, U.S.A.

Retired In:
1992

Sprint Cup Wins:
19

Poles:
38

Top Ten Finishes:
311

Top Ten Finishes (Season):
Sprint Cup Series:
1965: 9th
1973: 6th
1974: 7th
1976: 7th
1977: 5th

Should Buddy Baker be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 20%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 20%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 20%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 40%