Buddy Baker, who won 19 NASCAR races in a career that spanned 34 years, died Monday morning at the age of 74 from lung cancer, per SiriusXM NASCAR.
"Do not shed a tear," Baker said in his final radio appearance. "Give a smile when you say my name. I'm not saying goodbye. Just talk to you later."
NASCAR Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer Brett Jewkes tweeted:
Baker's former broadcast co-worker and current Fox Sports reporter Matt Yocum also shared his thoughts:
Former NASCAR driver Jeff Burton was complimentary of Baker and his contributions to the sport:
Baker posted 311 top-10 finishes and won 38 poles in 700 career starts from 1959-1992. He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1995, three years after his final career race at Talladega. He was recognized in 1998 as one of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers.