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Late NASCAR journalist Chris Economaki honored with Squier-Hall Award for media excellence

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.