NASCAR announced on Saturday that late motorsport journalist and broadcaster Chris Economaki will be the third recipient of the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence. He will be honored during the 2014 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Jan. 29.
Economaki was the Editor, Publisher and a columnist for National Speed Sport News for over 60 years. He began selling the publication at race tracks at the age of 14. He was also a television broadcaster for both ABC and CBS. Economaki died in September 2012 at the age of 91.
“Chris Economaki dedicated his life to covering motorsports, and his exceptional talent for storytelling brought NASCAR to millions of readers and viewers for more than 60 years,” NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France said. “Though we all miss seeing him at the race track every week, we’re proud that Chris’ legacy will continue to live through this well-deserved award.”
Economaki was part of the CBS Sports team that won a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Special for the broadcast of the 1987 Daytona 500. He is a member of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association Hall of Honor, Eastern Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame and the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame. In 1990, he was awarded the NASCAR Award of Excellence. Economaki was also honored with the NASCAR Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998.
The Squier-Hall Award was first handed out during the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony earlier this year. Both Ken Squier and Barney Hall, namesakes of the award, received the honor.
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