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Pocono Raceway founder Mattioli voted into Hall of Fame

February 19. 2013 8:53PM
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Pocono Raceway founder Dr. Joseph Mattioli is one of three men who will be inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame next month.

Mattioli and former NASCAR president and track president Jim Hunter will be inducted posthumously. Sportscaster Ken Squier rounds out the class that will be honored during a Jan. 19 banquet in Charlotte, N.C.

Hunter was selected on more than 89 percent of the ballots submitted while Mattioli and Squier reached the required 65 percent for induction. Ray Evanham and Dick Thompson did not receive enough support to be inducted.

Mattioli, a former dentist who died at the age of 86 last January, founded the unique 2.5-mile tri-oval facility in Long Pond in the 1960s that now hosts both NASCAR and Indy Car races. A hands-on operator who worked to stay on top of track improvements to provide the best possible experience for racing fans, Mattioli also took the lead in environmental fields and became one of the first track owners to install a solar energy system.

Hunter began his motorsports career as a journalist and eventually moved into public relations, eventually becoming the track president at Darlington. He later took corporate roles with NASCAR and International Speedway Corporation.

Squier, a Vermont native who began his career as a track announcer at the age of 14, became a fixture at CBS Sports and eventually become one of the original founders of the Motor Racing Network.

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