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Buddy Baker, NASCAR's 'Gentle Giant,' has died

Buddy Baker, NASCAR's 'Gentle Giant,' has died

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Buddy Baker, who won the 1980 Daytona 500 and at 6-foot-6 was NASCAR's “Gentle Giant,” died Monday. He was 74.

Mr. Baker died after a brief battle with lung cancer, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio said. Mr. Baker left his job as co-host of “The Late Shift” for the station last month when he announced he had a “huge” inoperable lung tumor.

“Do not shed a tear. Give a smile when you say my name. I'm not saying goodbye. Just talk to you later,” Mr. Baker said in his final radio appearance.

Mr. Baker drove for more than 30 years and was honored as one of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers in 1998. He...