The NASCAR Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony will include an additional honor this year.
While Buck Baker, Herb Thomas, Cotton Owens, Leonard Wood and Rusty Wallace will be enshrined as the Hall’s fourth class, two longtime broadcasters of the sport also will receive special recognition.
Ken Squier and Barney Hall will be the first recipients of the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence. The Hall will unveil an exhibit Friday created in their honor.
“Media have played an important role in the growth and popularity of NASCAR over the years by telling the stories of legendary drivers, championship moments and week-to-week action to millions of fans across the world,” said NASCAR chairman Brian France.
“The voices of Ken Squier and Barney Hall are an indelible part of our sport’s history and we couldn’t be more pleased to recognize their long and outstanding careers.”
Squier got his start in NASCAR broadcasting during 1970 as a co-founder of the Motorsports Radio Network (MRN), but he perhaps is best known for his call for CBS Sports of the 1979 Daytona 500 – and the fight between Bobby and Donnie Allison and Cale Yarborough that took place during the race.
Hall was the first track announcer at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. After a decade-long career in local radio, he joined MRN as a turn announcer and by the late 1970s was a fixture in the booth. To many fans, Hall has been the voice of NASCAR racing.