Funeral services have been set for NASCAR legend Buddy Baker, who died Monday at age 74 following a battle with lung cancer.
Baker’s funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, at Avondale Presbyterian Church, 2821 Park Rd., in Charlotte, N.C., and will be conducted by Rev. John Earles.
Burial will follow at Sharon Memorial Park on Monroe Road in Charlotte.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society of Iredell, 110 Robinson Rd., Mooresville, N.C., 28117.
At 6-foot-6, Baker earned the ‘Gentle Giant’ nickname but also ‘Leadfoot’ as his greatest successes came on NASCAR’s biggest superspeedways.
Among his 19 wins in what is now the Sprint Cup Series were the 1980 Daytona 500, the 1970 Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway and consecutive wins in 1972 and 1973 in the World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
After retiring in 1994, Baker made a successful transition to the television booth as a commentator for The Nashville Network and CBS, and later as a radio co-host for SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.