Buddy Baker net worth: American former NASCAR driver, Elzie Wylie “Buddy” Baker, Jr, had a net worth of $10 million.
Born on January 25, 1941 in Florence, South California as the son of two tine NASCAR Championship winner and Hall of Fame member Buck Baker, Buddy Baker also had a fellow racer brother Rany Baker. Buddy started his NASCAR career in 1959 and became the first ever driver to exceed 200 mph on a racecourse in 1970. He also won at the Southern 500, to became the first ever person to win the same race at the same venue as his father.
Baker was one of the most prominent figures during the 70s and 80s. He won nineteen races including the 1980 Daytona 500 while his win is the fastest ever, with an average speed of 177.602 mph. He also won a Career Grand Slam, winning the Daytona 500, Aaron’s 499, Coca-Cola 600 and Southern 500. Despite racing part-time only, he was already making a name for himself with his driving speed. He raced until 1992 and retired to become a commentator.
Baker started his career as a television commentator on The Nashville Network since 1991 for nine years and joined CBS races. He was also involved part time on NASCAR Channel 128 on Sirius Satellite Radio.
Buddy Baker was placed alongside his father as an inductee in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega, Alabama in 1997 while he is still considered as one of the Greatest Drivers in NASCAR’s history.
Baker suffered from lung cancer and died on August 10, 2015 leaving behind a net worth of $10 million.
Quick facts about Buddy Baker
Full name: Elzie Wylie Baker, Jr.
Birth Date: January 25, 1941
Birth Place: Florence, South Carolina, US
Height: 6′ 6″
Profession: NASCAR Driver, Commentator
Marital Status: Married (Susan)
Children: 1 (Susie)