Another significant person was NASCARs first commissioner, Erwin “Cannonball” Baker. Baker was famous for motorcycle racing. At the Indianapolis 500 speedway he placed first in 1908 and eleventh in 1922. In 1914, he drove his motorcycle for eleven and one-half days cross country for 3,379 miles and “he combated thirst, desert heat, numerous flat tires, bad weather, irregular terrain and wild dogs…” (King) During his lifetime, Baker rode in more than 14 cross country races and over 5,500,000 miles. (King) Robert Barkhimer, who was known as “Barky,” was the person who bought NASCAR to the West. Barky was the Bay Cities Racing Association Midget Champion. In 1949, he began promoting more than 20 stock car races in the West. In the early 1950s, he met Bil...
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