Longtime NASCAR Announcer Ken Squier Sadly Dies at 88
Longtime NASCAR announcer Ken Squier passed away Wednesday night (November 15, 2023) in Waterbury, Vermont, according to the management of the local WDEV radio.
Jim France, chairman and CEO of NASCAR, said in a statement: “Though he never sat behind the wheel of a stock car, Ken Squier contributed to the growth of NASCAR as much as any competitor.”
“He called him a superb storyteller whose voice is the soundtrack to many of NASCAR‘s great moments.”
“His calls on TV and radio brought fans closer to the sport, and for that, he was a fan favorite. Ken knew no strangers, and he will be missed by all.”
Kenley Dean Squier was born on April 10, 1935, in Waterbury, Vermont, U.S. He was a sportscaster and motorsports editor from Waterbury, Vermont.
From 1979 to 1997, Squier served as the lap-by-lap commentator for NASCAR on CBS and was a lap-by-lap commentator for TBS from 1983–1999. He was the first announcer to give lap-by-lap commentary for the Daytona 500 in 1979.
He coined the term “The Great American Race” for the Daytona 500 and also helped introduce the Australian-developed in-car camera for the 1982 running of the event.
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Ken Squier Passed Away at 88
Legendary sportscaster Ken Squier passed away at the age of 88 from complications of an intestinal blockage. May he rest in peace.
Squier served as the voice of CBS’ NASCAR coverage before current NASCAR on Fox announcer Mike Joy took over.
Before getting into broadcasting, Squier built Thunder Road Speedway in his home state as a weekly site for short-track racing in the Northeast.
He is one of the co-founders of the Motor Racing Network. He was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame as part of its 2018 class.
Ken is the only member of the NASCAR Hall who is glorified primarily because of his duties as a broadcaster. Thursday morning, tributes to Squier from fellow NASCAR Hall of Famers started pouring in on social media.
Kyle Petty said: “It’s a sad day. Ken Squier changed the sport in more way than he knew and in more ways than fans today will ever know. From Thunder Road to starting MRN, to bringing live TV to the sport, his knowledge and passion may never be seen again. God speed my friend.”
“Ken Squier is a man makes stock car racing feel grand. A man who sees it as the beautiful sport it is, and always portrays drivers and mechanics as heroes. His style of dignity and respect for racing is unmatched. Prayers and good wishes to Ken Squier, the greatest storyteller,” Nascar Man tweeted.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. wrote on X: “Ken Squier was there when Nascar was introduced to the rest of the world in 1979 for the Daytona 500. I’m convinced that race would have not had its lasting impact had Ken not been our lead narrator. We still ride the wave of that momentum created on that day.
“Kens words and energy were perfection on a day when Nascar needed it. I am forever grateful for his major role in growing stock car racing. RIP
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