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AMS Flashback: Baker Gives Moore His First Atlanta Win

Thursday, January 13, 2011

When it comes to racing at Atlanta, the career of NASCAR Hall of Fame car owner Bud Moore has stood the
test of time. A World War II Veteran, Moore won four times at AMS during a 15-year span with four different drivers. Moore's first Atlanta win came in 1975, courtesy of Buddy Baker in a Ford.

Even today, Baker is known for his prowess on the larger racetracks, and the 1975 Dixie 500 proved to be no exception. Baker's strong showing toward the end of 1975 was punctuated by his win at Atlanta, as he led race-high 122 out of 328 possible laps. In fact, Baker finished 15th in the final points standings. He competed in 23 of 30 races and had a better points finish than four drivers attempting more races in 1975.

As for Baker's victory at Atlanta, it didn't come easy. Dave Marcis, who started on the pole position at a speed of more than 160 mph, led 51 laps and was a factor throughout the race. In fact, he was leading on the race's 278th lap when Baker passed him and pulled away to win by more than three seconds.

Richard Petty, despite having already clinched that season's points championship, appeared determined to not coast to the finish of 1975, leading 78 laps and finishing third. David Pearson and Cale Yarborough rounded out the top five.

Baker's win was one of his two career victories at Atlanta with the other coming in the 1979 spring race.

As for Moore, it was one of his four Atlanta wins as a car owner with Bobby Allison, Ricky Rudd and Morgan Sheperd claiming victories in later years at Atlanta with Sheperd winning in 1990.

A very notable name finished in last place in the 1975 race. Darrell Waltrip, racing in Atlanta for the first time with Digard Racing, retired from the race just six laps into the event as a result of a broken oil line. Waltrip would race the next five seasons with Digard as he began competing on a full-time schedule in NASCAR's top division.

Like many races at Atlanta, the 1975 Dixie 500 produced many memorable moments for those present. Be at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Labor Day Weekend when NASCAR night racing returns to be part of your own unforgettable moments at the racetrack!

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