NASCAR Champion took part in its inaugural races, and finished among the all-time leaders in career starts and wins.
He became an adept driver while driving bootleg liquor through the Carolinas.
He won his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in 1952; four years later he had compiled 14 wins, two poles, and the Grand National Championship.
He opened up Buck Baker Racing School after his retirement in 1976. Jeff Gordon eventually drove his first stock car at the school.