Legendary NASCAR broadcaster Ken Squier passed away on Wednesday night at 8:20 PM ET as first announced by Dave Moody of MRN. It is a sad day for many in the industry who looked up to and respected the work Squier did as the sport’s broadcasting pioneer. Everyone involved in the industry from drivers to broadcasters to executives to fans gave their tributes to Squier on social media.
You Need to Know:
- According to Moody, Squier faced many health issues in recent weeks, and Squier was moved to hospice care on Tuesday with plans to move him home for his final days. He passed away on Wednesday night.
- Squier was the pioneer of NASCAR broadcasting. He started the Motor Racing Network in 1969 alongside Bill France Sr., and Squier was the voice of the iconic 1979 Daytona 500 on CBS, the first live, flag-to-flag telecast of the Daytona 500. Squier remained in the booth for many years following with CBS, MRN, and TBS, including calling the Daytona 500 for 19 consecutive seasons from 1979 until 1997.
- An outpouring of tributes and condolences was spread around NASCAR’s social media. Drivers, executives, legends of the sport, and fans all chimed in to pay tribute to Squier.
Around the Garage
Mike Joy, another incredible NASCAR broadcaster, gives his tribute to Squier. Joy was the one who took over for Squier at CBS following the 1998 season.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. credits Squier with introducing NASCAR to the rest of the world.
The SRX series paid tribute along with Thunder Road Speedbowl, a track Squier helped build.
Richard Petty and his family offer their condolences, specifically mentioning personal connections and friendships Squier had.
Former NASCAR pit reported Mike Massaro calls Squier, “Dynamic”.
Bill McAnally Racing gives their condolences to the Squiers
Winston Kelly calls Squier’s contributions to the sport, “Incalculable”.
Jim France gives an official statement on Squier, calling Squier’s voice “Unmistakable”.
Rick Allen gives his own tribute to Squier, calling him a “Friend and colleague”.
Kyle Petty calls today a “Sad day”, and he credits Squier with how much he changed the sport.
John Roberts calls Squier “Simply the best”.
Jimmie Johnson simply says “Thank you, Ken”
New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the closest track to Squier’s home state of Vermont, had their Vice President and General Manager, David McGrath, make a statement on the passing of Squier.
Erik Jones pays tribute with the moniker that Squier gave him, “That Jones boy”
On Your Screen
Darian Gilliam says RIP to Ken Squier.
DannyBTalks says Squier “Set the bar and continued to raise the bar”.
In the Stands
Joshua Boston lists the accomplishments in the incredible career of Ken Squier.
Wulf Aufzug gives Squier credit for helping NASCAR gain popularity.
Pete was one of many who called Squier a “Legend”.
Ken Squier was the man who set the standard for NASCAR broadcasting. He pioneered NASCAR broadcasting by helping found the Motor Racing Network and playing a large role in CBS broadcasting the Daytona 500 flag-to-flag for the first time. He will be sorely missed, but his impact will forever be felt on the sport.