The best announcer to ever broadcast NASCAR is Ken Squier. He has coined some of the best phrases and created some of the best things in NASCAR.
Most people think that the Daytona 500 was always called "The Great American Race." They are wrong.
Who gave that race the legendary nickname, it was Ken Squier. On the third Sunday in February NASCAR fans would wake up the watch the Daytona 500, and Ken Squier would always be there to bring us the race in amazing fashion.
His starting lineups were the best anyone has ever done, giving drivers nicknames and giving them their home town and their owner. He coined the phase Jimmy "Smutt" Means and "Texas" Terry Labonte along with other nicknames "Mr Excitement" Jimmy Spencer.
Squier's career started on MRN Radio. In fact he was one of the founders of the station.
He was the track announcer at Daytona International Raceway from 1959-1978. In 1979, Squier moved to CBS Sports for the first flag to flag coverage of a NASCAR Race.
Squier's legandary call of "The Fight" during that race helped make him a legend.
In 1982, Squier created something we take for granted today. He created the In-Car Camera and it's been a staple in NASCAR ever since.
Squier worked for several networks including TBS and TNN. However, his time on CBS will always be associated with him.
From 1979-1997 Squier was the lap by lap announcer for CBS. In 1998 he moved to the studio and interview the winner of the race.
In 2001 Squier would retire. However, you can still see him every speed week, during Daytona.
His diction was perfect and his clear dipiction of who was in what car was a big help. "Davey Allison in car 28" just showed how great he was.
He also would announce the drivers hometowns. He made them feel important.
"The Daytona 500 belongs to Franklin, Tennessee's Darrell Waltrip."
He was the perfect announcer for NASCAR and made everyone who watched and listen to him over the years understand the sport a whole lot better.
Thanks Ken, you are definitely #1. You deserve it!