2013 Hall of Honor Sneak Peek – Buck Baker
And the countdown begins to the most prestigious event of the year at the NASCAR Hall of Fame – the Induction Ceremony on Friday, Feb. 8 where we induct the Class of 2013 – Buck Baker, Cotton Owens, Herb Thomas, Rusty Wallace and Leonard Wood!
With the new class of Inductees also comes an all-new display of Hall of Honor artifacts debuting Saturday, Feb 9 and we’re about to give you an exclusive look into the exhibits with help from Hall Historian Buz McKim!
Every Wednesday, we’ll post a trivia question relating to a new 2013 Inductee artifact. Be the first to answer correctly and WIN TWO TICKETS to the NASCAR Hall of Fame! PLUS an Official NASCAR Hall of Fame Yearbook prize pack featuring all four Class Yearbooks, 2010-2013! We’ll also post a video of Buz revealing the new artifact of the week.
Not the first to answer? No worries! All correct answers posted before the Hall officially closes the week’s contest will automatically be included in a random drawing for two tickets to the NASCAR Hall of Fame! Winner to be chosen the week of Feb. 4, following the final artifact reveal.
We’ll also be playing on Twitter at @NASCARHall so try both for more chances to win!
Now let’s have a little fun while we countdown to the 2013 Induction Ceremony and 2013 Hall of Honor opening day! We’re going to kick off TOMORROW, January 11 with the first trivia question at 2 p.m. EST. Then keep an eye out on Wednesday, January 16, 23, 30 and February 6 for the weekly post. Good luck!
THIS WEEK’S FEATURED INDUCTEE: BUCK BAKER
Buck Baker was one of NASCAR’s early star drivers. His Hollywood good-looks and bold racing style quickly gained him a legion of fans. The former Charlotte bus driver seemed to be a natural on the short dirt tracks of early NASCAR competition. He later made the switch to asphalt tracks and superspeedways, winning three Southern 500s at Darlington Raceway. He also was the first driver to win back-to-back championships in 1956 and 1957. Baker’s career spanned four decades with his final NASCAR start taking place in 1976 at the age of 57.
After retiring from behind the wheel, Baker established the Buck Baker Driving School in 1980. With the crusty legend as head instructor, the school became one of the most popular in the sport. Many future stars learned the basics of racing from Baker. Among them was a 19 year old who showed up in 1990. Jeff Gordon was a driver of open-wheeled cars who gained some notoriety winning on the weekly events broadcast on ESPN. But he wan