Legendary NASCAR broadcaster Ken Squier handed away on the age of 88, NASCAR introduced Thursday on Twitter.
Squier, a longtime broadcaster and proprietor of his native radio station WDEV in Vermont, was the primary and solely journalist inducted into the NASCAR Corridor of Fame, in line with the VT Digger.
The NASCAR household mourns the lack of legendary broadcaster Ken Squier, who handed away on the age of 88.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) November 16, 2023
He was the inaugural recipient of the Squier-Corridor Award for Media Excellence, an award named after him, in line with the Corridor of Fame’s government director Winston Kelley.
“Whereas maybe greatest recognized for his memorable final lap and postrace descriptions of the 1979 Daytona 500, he had the incomparable means to so successfully articulate the human aspect of all NASCAR rivals,” Kelley stated. (RELATED: Former NASCAR Star Kevin Harvick Purchases ‘Ricky Bobby’ Property For $6.75 Million)
“Amongst his signature phrases, used at simply the proper time, was ‘frequent males doing unusual issues’ which helped audiences and we mere mortals perceive the distinctive expertise, dangers and gravity of manhandling a 3,400 pound racecar at speeds in extra of 200 mph with 39 different snarling rivals entrenched round each other.” Kelley added.
Many, together with one of many sport’s most recognizable stars, credit score Squier’s 1979 Daytona broadcast with elevating the game to nationwide recognition.
“Ken Squier was there when Nascar was launched to the remainder of the world in 1979 for the Daytona 500,” Dale Earnhardt Jr. tweeted. “I’m satisfied that race would haven’t had its lasting influence had Ken not been our lead narrator. We nonetheless journey the wave of that momentum created on that day. Ken’s phrases and vitality have been perfection on a day when Nascar wanted it. I’m endlessly grateful for his main position in rising inventory automobile racing. RIP,” his fellow Corridor of Fame inductee concluded.
In addition to proudly owning and working WDEV, Squier additionally based the Motor Racing Community and the Thunder Street Speedbowl, a hilltop racetrack he inbuilt Barre, Vermont in 1960, in line with the VT Digger.
Squier was so extensively beloved even Vermont’s Governor Phil Scott tweeted, “Ken was at all times on the lookout for alternatives to offer again and assist these in want. He instilled these values because the spine of Radio Vermont, which has been a necessary a part of the material of Vermont since its creation – at all times discovering new methods to assist an increasing number of Vermonters.”