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What I Like About You

By Carol Einarsson | 07/07/2015
 


I like that Buddy was the first guy to win "the big four", races at Daytona, Talladega, Darlington, and Charlotte.

I like that he still gets to drive fast, sometimes testing cars for Nextel Cup teams.

And I also like that every now and then we get to hear him spotting for a young driver.

I like that he says so many charming things that I began a list of what I called Buddyisms, among them, such gems as, "You can see he lost two spots there in the time it took me to say absolutely nothing."

I like that when you do an online search for the real Buddy Baker, you also hit upon a guy by the same name that worked, and wrote more than 200 musical scores, for Disney.  I smile when I think about OUR Buddy writing little ditties like that, and the lyrics they might contain.

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By Carol Einarsson | 04/14/2015
 

CHEERS and JEERS will be pushed back a day this week,
for something much more important, and will be published Wednesday instead.




I had the idea last year that I wanted to write this article, but procrastinated because I knew as soon as I published it, I'd think of another thing for the list. Or five more things. Or ten. But when I realized his birthday landed on Tuesday this year, and he's now reached rock star status by having his name on the Bristol race, well, this was clearly the time to write it.

And as I sit here trying to begin, I'm just looking at the rough list I've jotted down. I'd hoped to put it in somewhat of a chronological order, but it doesn't seem that's going to happen. Rather, I'll just start, and hope it sorts itself out by the time I finish. The format will be a little different, and probably at times, scattered. But here goes...

The biggest connection I share with my friend Steve is that we are both parents of boys. Oh, the boy stories we've shared. They'll forever be my favorite.

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By Carol Einarsson | 12/11/2009
 

An Excerpt:

I like that you love radio-controlled airplanes and building them in your shop.

I like that you are sarcastic and that your humor is so evident in the Juicy Fruit commercial you did. "Hey, don't look at me, I'm not your puppet!"

I like that you sometimes tweet in Spanish.

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By Carol Einarsson | 04/02/2009
 
I like that two and a half years ago when he was named as the second driver at MWR, a lot of people wondered about the choice and might not have even known who he was, but now everyone knows the name (and how to spell it!)

I like that David likes Dairy Queen. You have to appreciate a guy who knows good soft-serve ice cream.

I like that he drives the 00 because that was his dad's number, and I like that when it was his dad's number, it was actually B-00 for "Buzzie's 00", and everyone called it the "boo car".

I like that he has dogs. Miniature Dachshunds, but still, they're dogs.

I like that he is a third-generation racer because the best racing stories are those that run down family lines.

I like that he has a new nickname at MWR: "The Franchise." They've even put it on the side of his car.

OmahaSteaks.com, Inc.

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By Carol Einarsson | 12/04/2008
 
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I like that you have an affection for animals and have a foundation that benefits them.

And I like that the foundation organizes the transport of 40 puppies a month from kill shelters in the South to a no-kill shelter in New York to save their lives and give them homes. When I think of puppies with new homes, I think of children with big smiles.


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By Carol Einarsson | 10/19/2008
 
I like that you won the first ever Crew Chief of the Year award, and you did it in your rookie season, too! Almost like you did such a good job they knew they had to start an award for that.

I like that when you were still just a kid, you were crew chief for your own dad at local tracks. That also means you've got a really cool dad, and we like him, too.

I like that you have "moved up through the ranks" in a way that gives hope to a lot of guys just starting out on race teams -- or crew chiefing for their dads somewhere in the Midwest.

I like what you learned in 2004 -- winning the most races you'd ever won in a season doesn't necessarily get you a championship. I like it not from a race-fan point of view, but I appreciate that you learned what the rules are and you adapted to play NASCAR's new game.

And I like what you learned in 2006, that it's not how many races you win, but when you win them. That's what's likely to get you a third straight championship this year.

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By Carol Einarsson | 08/28/2008
 


I like that you have a calming effect on Tony Stewart.

I like that when Dale, Jr. hid his concussion, you were disappointed not as the president of NASCAR, but as a father-figure that has known him since he was a boy.

I like that your souped-up golf cart even has a CD player.

I like that your first job in racing was cooking and selling hot dogs and hamburgers at Bristol when you were a teenager and the track was brand new.

I like that there doesn't seem to be anything bad that people say about you.

Despite the tears that puddle in my eyes each time I see a replay of your announcement, I like that it was you and not anyone else that told us "We've lost Dale Earnhardt." You shouldered it and announced to the world that we had lost Dale even though it was such a personal blow to you.

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By Carol Einarsson | 08/14/2008
 



I like that you have a calming effect on Tony Stewart.

I like that when Dale, Jr. hid his concussion, you were disappointed not as the president of NASCAR, but as a father-figure that has known him since he was a boy.

I like that your souped-up golf cart even has a CD player.

I like that your first job in racing was cooking and selling hot dogs and hamburgers at Bristol when you were a teenager and the track was brand new.

I like that there doesn't seem to be anything bad that people say about you.

Despite the tears that puddle in my eyes each time I see a replay of your announcement, I like that it was you and not anyone else that told us "We've lost Dale Earnhardt." You shouldered it and announced to the world that we had lost Dale even though it was such a personal blow to you.

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By Carol Einarsson | 06/27/2008
 


I like that you race for Joe Gibbs Racing, my favorite owner in the series.

I like that your foundation supports cystic fibrosis, because I don't hear a lot of other drivers or athletes supporting that group.

I like that in 2006, your first full season, you finished in third place in the Cup Series.

I like that in that same year, you ran a full Busch schedule and you finished fourth!

I like that in just 95 races, you've led more than 2,000 laps.

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By Carol Einarsson | 04/30/2008
 

I like that your racing career includes everything from quarter midgets to the Indy 500, and from ARCA to Cup, with everything else in between!

I like that you seem to be a genuinely happy guy, with one of those smiles that comes easy and often.

I like that you were an IROC test driver.

I like that you have a big family, with four kids whose initials are A, B, C, and D.

I like that you were responsible for providing all the cars for the ESPN movie "3", and that you and your team found and/or built more than sixty race cars for the film.

I like that your nickname is Indiana Andy.

I like that when you first moved to Charlotte, you found a place to stay - sleeping in Ken Schrader's shop.

I like that your first Cup start happened in the first full year of Cup racing that I watched as a new race fan.

I like that you've driven the #28 car, even if only while testing for RYR.

I like that you're an A-Feature winner at Eldora.

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