April 13, 2021

by a NASCAR fanatic - not affiliated with NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Longtime racing writer Steve Waid is the 2018 recipient of the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR media excellence.

NASCAR and the NASCAR Hall of Fame made the announcement Friday at Daytona International Speedway.

Waid spent nearly 50 years covering NASCAR. He began in 1972 for the Martinsville Bulletin before a 10-year stint at the Roanoke Times & World News. Waid moved to Grand National Scene in 1981 and later became publisher of NASCAR Scene and NASCAR Illustrated. He remained with the publications until his retirement in 2010.

Waid will be honored during the NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony in January and featured in an exhibit in the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina.

He was one of eight nominees for the Squier-Hall Award, which was created in 2012 and named after former NASCAR broadcasters Ken Squier and Barney Hall.

Longtime Associated Press auto racing writer Mike Harris was among the other seven nominees.

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