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NASCAR legend and broadcaster Buddy Baker dies

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NASCAR legend Buddy Baker. NASCAR legend Buddy Baker.

CHARLOTTE, NC (WCNC) - Buddy Baker, a NASCAR legend and broadcaster, died Monday morning after a brief battle with cancer, according to SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Baker, 74, had announced July 7 that he had been diagnosed with an inoperable tumor in his lung.

SiriusXM NASCAR Radio announced Baker passed away early Monday morning. Baker stepped down from his role as co-host of "The Late Shift" for the station last month when he announced he had a "huge tumor" in his lung that was inoperable.

Baker won 19 races in what is now the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, including the 1980 Daytona 500. He made his series debut in 1959 and ran his final Cup race was in 1992.

Among his victories were the 1970 Southern 500, and the Coca-Cola 600 in 1968, 1972 and 1973. He was named one of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers in 1998.

Baker competed in NASCAR's premier circuit from 1959-92 and scored 19 victories.

Read more at WCNC's website.

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