Legendary NASCAR driver Buddy Baker passed away early this morning at his home in Charlotte. Over his 34-year career, Baker won 19 races most notably the 1980 Daytona 500 for which his average speed of 177.6 miles-per-hour is still the fastest Daytona 500 ever run.  

The six-foot-six-inch tall driver, who was affectionately called the "Gentle Giant," died after a battle with lung cancer. He was 74. Baker was the son of NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Buck Baker and the brother of fellow racer Randy Baker. He is survived by his wife and two sons. (Charlotte Observer)