Posted: Saturday July 6, 2013 3:36 PM

Economaki named recipient of Squier-Hall Award

Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Late journalist Chris Economaki, known as the "Dean of American Motorsports,'' has been named the third recipient of the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR media excellence.

Retired broadcaster Barney Hall made the announcement Saturday at Daytona International Speedway, saying "I kind of wish he was here to enjoy it with us.''

Economaki, who died last year at age 91, was the editor, publisher and columnist for National Speed Sport News for more than 60 years. He began his broadcasting career with ABC in 1961, and while later working for CBS Sports, he helped make the Daytona 500 one of racing's marquee events.

Economaki will be honored during NASCAR's Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in January.

Other finalists included Russ Catlin, Shav Glick, Tom Higgins, Bob Jenkins, Bob Moore, Benny Phillips and T. Taylor Warren.

 
SI.com
Hot Topics: Sammy Watkins NFL Draft Rick Adelman NFL Questions Aaron Hernandez Donald Trump
TM & © 2014 Time Inc. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you. Read our privacy guidelines, your California privacy rights, and ad choices.
SI CoverRead All ArticlesBuy Cover Reprint