THE BUDDY BAKER STORY
1970's NASCAR racing fans are in for a treat with this new action-packed
49-minute COLOR DVD from Rare Sportsfilms! For the first time ever,
the 1972 World 600 is now on DVD, along with "The Buddy Baker Story",
a behind-the-scenes look at one of 1970's stars of the superspeedways!
The first half of this DVD covers
the fast-paced 1972 World 600 at Charlotte! Great color camera shots
show the track as it looked over a generation ago, as well as the
cars of the great drivers of years gone by: David Pearson, Bobby
Isaac, Ben Arnold, James Hylton, Bobby Allison, Frank Warren, Elmo
Langley, Buddy Baker, Dave Marcis, Coo Coo Marlin, Wendell Scott
and Richard Petty.
Bobby Allison starts on the pole, but Pearson leads the first lap after passing Bobby on the backstretch. Jim Vandiver is first out of the race with transmission problems, followed by David Boggs with a sick engine. J.D. McDuffie brings out the first caution with a blown engine, and Dave Marcis in Roger Penske's Matador hits the wall (broken strut). On lap 125, Jackie Oliver blows his engine and spins to bring out the second yellow. In a spectacular bit of driving, John Sears maneuvers his #4 Marvin Mills Plymouth to just miss the spinning Oliver! During the long race, drivers and crews shown during pit stops are: Petty, Pearson, Isaac, Baker, Allison, John Sears, Langley, Wendell Scott, Charlie Glotzbach, Cecil Gordon, Frank Warren, Benny Parsons, Fred Lorenzen, James Hylton, Coo Coo Marlin, Ben Arnold and Neil Castles. As always, the tough grind of the 600 takes it's toll: Pearson cooks his engine with a blown radiator hose, Bobby Isaac retires with burnt valves and Wendell Scott exits with a broken piston. At lap 310, Bobby Allison is leading, Baker is second and Petty third, but Petty's ill-handling car hits the wall on lap 328, and a smiling Richard must now root for his teammate Buddy Baker the rest of the way. At this point Allison, who has led most of the last 120 laps, appears to be the man to beat, with a 4-second lead over Baker. But Bobby runs over some debris on the backstretch which flattens both right-side tires. His long pit stop gives Baker a lap lead with 30 to go. With new tires, Allison passes Baker to unlap himself, but Baker, trying to conserve fuel, holds on to win his second World 600 at Charlotte! A smiling Buddy Baker is shown in victory lane with Miss Winston, Marilyn Chilton.
Also part of this DVD is "The Buddy
Baker Story", a behind-the-scenes look at Baker during the early
part of the 1971 season in which he drove for Petty Enterprises.
Shown are pictures of Baker as a child, and Buddy himself comments
throughout the tape on a variety of subjects, including his early
fear of racing, the importance of making good pit stops and other
racing topics. The video follows Baker through his joining Ray Fox
in 1966 and his first Grand National win, the 1967 National 500
at Charlotte. Now, with Petty Enterprises in 1971, Buddy is selected
to drive the only factory backed Dodge on the NASCAR circuit. Interesting
scenes show the Petty shops at Randleman in 1971 and some of the
preparation of the cars for '71. Highlights including track action
and racing incidents from four races of the 1971 season are seen
on this video, each from the perspective of the Baker team. Buddy's
first race as part of the Petty team is the 1971 Daytona 500. Petty
and Baker start 3 and 4, and finish first and second! At Rockingham,
Baker finishes third. At Atlanta, A.J. Foyt, driving the Wood Bothers
Mercury, dominates with Petty second and Baker 6th. However at the
Rebel 400 at Darlington, Baker wins the race, with Petty's accident
(plus others) shown. The victory is Baker's fourth Grand National
win. Shown in victory lane are Buddy and his family, a clean-shaven
Bill Broderick of Unical and Racestopper Sharon Brown.
To get your own copy of both of these
original films, now available for the first time on one DVD, send
only $29.95 +$4.00 for FIRST CLASS MAIL SHIPPING (Illinois residents
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