Memorial Lane

Buddy Baker (January 25, 1941 - August 10, 2015)
1980 Daytona 500 Champion
Competing in a combined total of 700 NASCAR top series races, Mr. Baker's success was great on and off the track. Winning 19 races, including a Daytona 500, along with 38 poles, he followed his racing career with some time in the broadcast booth calling the action. Baker later in life co-hosted his show, The Late Shift, on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio before losing a battle with lung cancer.

Marvin Panch (May 28, 1926 - December 31, 2015)
1961 Daytona 500 Champion
Mr. Panch competed in a total of 216 NASCAR top level races - winning 17 of them, along with the 1961 Daytona 500. He claimed 21 poles, and was runner up in the 1957 campaign. Mr. Panch lost his life to natural causes close to his Port Orange, FL home.

Bryan Clauson (January 15, 1989 - August 7, 2016)
2010, 2011, & 2012 USAC National Drivers Champion
A three time USAC National Drivers Champion, Mr. Clauson was the definition of a true racer. Competing in nearly every form of North American motorsport including the NASCAR XFINITY Series, ARCA Racing Series, IndyCar, Indy Lights, and open wheel dirt USAC racing, he would never shy away from a racecar. In 2016, Mr. Clauson set a lofty goal to run 200 races in a year, only to be stopped short in his 116th - losing his life after a violent crash in the Belleville Nationals at the Belleville High Banks.
I was fortunate enough to meet Bryan in 2014 at Eldora Speedway before the Camping World Truck race when I had him sign my program. I'll never forget how he said "This is why I always carry a silver Sharpie on me," and smiled after.