Articles tagged Buck Baker

Page 41 of October 2001 archive issue thumbnail Page 41, October 2001

Dodge's Bullet

So what was the first car to register a 200mph closed-course LAP? Perhaps a lightweight single-seater, ORA slippery sports-prototype? Neither, it was a huge slab of Detroit Iron. Preston Lerner reports Making history, as NASCAR legend Buddy Baker can confirm, is often down to being in the right place at the right time. In Baker's case, the place was Talladega Superspeedway. The time was 40.857sec...

Page 6 of June 2002 archive issue thumbnail Page 6, June 2002

Buck Baker

One of NASCAR's first stars has died at the age of 83. Buck Baker competed in the very first NASCAR race in a Kaiser, gradually became a true front runner, and was a regular winner in 1953 with an Oldsmobile. Two years later he drove a Ford, but it was Chrysler that provided him with the machinery to win the 1956 NASCAR championship. He successfully defended this title with a Chevrolet, and when...

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Cat on the runway

Not a driver this month, but a famous marque involved in a long-forgotten excursion into a completely foreign field of endeavour – Jaguar in NASCAR If Toyota, as expected, wins a top-level NASCAR race in 2007, it will be almost the first time a foreign car has won. Not quite, though: the first – and so far only – foreign car to win a NASCAR race was actually a Jaguar coupé XK120 driven by...

Page 29 of December 1970 archive issue thumbnail Page 29, December 1970

American comment

Although Canadian John Cannon had already wrapped up the SCCA's Continental Championship, Mark Donohue scored his second championship win in three starts when he drove Roger Penske's long-wheelbase, Chevrolet-powered Lola T192 to victory in the 13th and last race of the series over the 2.2-mile short course at Sebring. A measure of Donohue's superiority is indicated by the fact that he put the...

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