CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP/KMOX) — NASCAR star Buddy Baker has died after a short battle with lung cancer. He was 74.

The former Daytona 500 winner and Hall of Fame nominee won 19 races, including the 1980 Daytona 500 and was named one of NASCAR’s 50 greatest drivers in 1998.

Arnold, Mo. native, motorsports broadcaster & recently-retired NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace took to Twitter on Monday to share his thoughts about Baker.

“As an 11-12 year old kid, our family drove from St. Louis to Daytona and we saw Buddy Baker dominate Speedweeks in the black/silver #28.”

“My first time on TV was in the booth at Dover on TNT Network with Mike Joy & Buddy Baker. Buddy and I sang ‘Under the Boardwalk.'”

“Buddy Baker was always good to me and one of those rare REALLY NICE people. I am happy I was able to be around Buddy.”

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