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Three NASCAR legends will go into NMPA's Hall of Fame

Three of NASCAR’s legends will be the latest inductees Saturday night into the National Motorsports Press Association’s Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Hilton Charlotte University Place.

This year’s class includes Ken Squier, Jim Hunter and Dr. Joseph Mattioli, with the latter two being honored posthumously.

Ken Squier started offering lap-by-lap commentary in the world of auto racing as a 14-year-old from the back of a logging truck at a stock car dirt race track in Vermont. His father, Lloyd Squier owned and operated the radio station WDEV based in his home town of Waterbury, Vermont.

When his father passed away, Ken Squier took over ownership and running of the station, which he continues to do today. Ken was the co-founder of the Motor Racing Network in 1969 and worked several years with CBS Sports. Squier contributes to contribute to NASCAR coverage on the Speed Channel.

im Hunter started his journalistic career in South Carolina before moving into the field of public relations and later being appointed as track president at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.

He fulfilled corporate roles with both NASCAR and International Speedway Corporation during his career, remaining an integral part of NASCAR until he died on Oct. 29, 2010.

Dr. Joseph Mattioli was the founder of Pocono Raceway, which opened in 1971 and currently hosts both NASCAR Sprint Cup and Truck series races, among others.

Known as “Doc” in the NASCAR community, Mattioli trained as a dentist at Temple University, but his passion lay in racing and he supported the sport until his death on Jan. 26, 2012.