I think Buddy Baker is the best thing to happen to a broadcast booth since TV went to the races. Here is a guy who has been there, done that and knows how to put it into words that the new fan will understand and the die-hard will not be bored with.
To Darrell Waltrip for the following: "I keep trying to get Junior to come back to the track and help me. I asked him at Bristol, 'Junior, just come over and stand in the pits with a headset on the wall like you used to.' And he said, 'Boy, you ain't running good enough for me to help you.'
The I wish I said that Award
To Matt McGlaughlin for this response to the infamous John Gaeran: "The only fitting punishment is that you will continue to be you for the rest of your life".
A 1999 SCR article featured Buddy Baker and inspired my idea to start a Buddy Baker quote page. I'm starting out with the ones in that issue of SCR and a few of my favourites that I have heard myself.
From SCR, March 1998
"My wife cooked cabbage last night. I asked her, 'My Lord, how could you get an ass in a pot?"
"We finally found out where Spam comes from. It comes from a spig."
"Jeff Gordon's handling down the straightaways. Imean, he's flying down the straightaways."
"Ernie Irvan could go bear hunting with a switch. He ain't never afraid."
"With ten to go, I didn't have a code of ethics."
"I never lost my job while I was leading a race."
"Wally Dallenbach's like a kite without a tail out there."
"You can tell that you're in trouble when you feel the air on the back of your neck instead of in your face."
"New tires are like Superman medicine"
"I got hit in the head pretty hard. My clock ran backward's for two years."
"My purpose in life was to run 100%. Maybe it cost me some races, but nobody ever hired me to ride."
On a newly re-paved Darlington - "The new asphalt is like putting a tuxedo on a rattlesnake."
On being asked to do a TV piece on conserving fuel - "I told them they better get somebody else, that I didn't know anything about saving gas."
"I always wondered how a guy running right with me for 100 miles was able to keep going when I ran out of gas. I guess it had something to do with the way he held his mouth - huh?"
On one of his old Plymouth's - "I could stand up in the seat and not hit my head."
"Cale Yarborough would wear out a set of gloves a race pulling them up."
"Cale Yarborough would have to call a service station to get a tire changed, but he's as good as anyone who ever drove a race car."
On his brain surgery - "I'm going to have minor brain surgery."
"Remember, if the world was perfect you wouldn't need roll bars in race cars." top
"Dave Blaney'll learn, you don't mess with Dick Trickle."
"Man, I've hit everything but the lottery."
To Casey Atwood - "Do you shave yet?"
From Texas Motor Speedway - April 1998
After Patty Moise shut the door on Jimmy Spencer for the third time. - "Oh man, Patty Moise does not know Jimmy Spencer like I know Jimmy Spencer".
From Nashville Speedway - April 1999
On the Gibson Guitar Buddy himself won at Nashville - "I was like a pig with a wristwatch"
After witnessing Mark Day drive into the back of Mark Martin (no relation) at least 3 times on the same lap and finally wreck him.
"I'd like to say something nice about that wreck but I can't think of anything"
"Sometimes it takes several laps for a wreck to happen"
With reference to a driver in the Pro Truck race - "He ran out of talent about halfway through the corner"
From Robert Pickle - left behind in my guestbook - 1975 Ontario Motor Speedway about 8:45 in the morning waiting for the fog to clear for first practice. Buddy Baker, Harry Hyde and Janet Guthrie were setting on the pit wall and Buddy looks up "Damned I didn't know there was a mountain that close" It seems that it was the first time he noticed that the track was build at the foot of the San Bernardino Mountains and that the 4,100 foot Cajon Pass was right above him. The guy lives to race.
On Kenny Irwin getting into Jimmy Spencer at Dover Downs - Spring 2000
"Oh boy, that's Jimmy Spencer. That's like stickin' a stick in a bears cage, that is. I don't think he wants to do that again."
My Favourite Buddy Baker quote
On Rick Hendrick and Felix Sabates - "Well I don't know which one has more money but I'll tell you what. Either one could burn a wet mule with hundred dollar bills."
"Race drivers are schizophrenics...I'm a completely different person outside of the car."
From Hickory Speedway "Short track racing is by all means a contact sport"
From Mark Delorey - Buddy was interviewed after a superspeedway race in which he drove through a smoke screen full of wrecked cars. The comentator praised his skillful driving...Buddy's response "it's amazing what you can do with your eyes closed"