Chris Economaki, for more than half a century the voice of motorsports, both in print and behind a microphone has died. With it, motorsports has lost a warehouse of knowledge unparalleled in many areas of the industry and arguably will not again be matched.

He was widely known as "The Dean of American Motorsports."

Economaki covered the Volunteer 500 in July, 1961 – the first race in the storied history of Bristol Motor Speedway and provided some historic photos. Click on the link below to see Economaki's view from behind the lens of Bristol's first NASCAR race.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

1961 Volunteer 500 - Photos by Chris Economaki