Farewell, Buddy.

Forty-time pole position winner and 19-time NASCAR race victor Buddy Baker recently passed away. The South Carolina native was the first driver to turn in a lap of more than 200 mph at the big track in Talladega.

A genuinely good person and gentle soul, The Sumner Group had the privilege of working with Buddy some years ago on a campaign for Pharr Yarns, which we shot in Buddy’s garage.

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Though he will be missed, we reflect on Buddy’s words: “Do not shed a tear. Give a smile when you say my name.”

We will, Buddy. We will.

Phil Ford Remembers Coach Smith

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Recruited by Dean Smith, our good friend Phil Ford was groomed by the coach into a two-time First-Team All-American with the Tarheels. At a recent public speaking appearance, Ford spoke of his friendship with Smith. Read the story here.