The NASCAR community is mourning the loss of legendary Motor Racing Network broadcaster Barney Hall.
Hall passed away on Jan. 26 from complications following a recent medical procedure. He was 83.
Hall’s smooth and steady voice was a fixture of motor sports broadcasting for over 50 years. He began working at a radio station in his hometown of Elkin, N.C. in 1958, and quickly forged friendships with many race car drivers. Those relationships lasted for decades, and helped him become one of the most-beloved broadcasters in the sport.
“Barney Hall was the true voice of NASCAR and although his own voice has gone silent, his presence will live on in the many current motor sports broadcasters who learned at the knee of such a great storyteller,” Motor Racing Network’s president David Hyatt said in a statement.
During a news conference on the morning of Jan. 28, NASCAR chairman Brian France also took a moment to remember the sport’s
“The entire NASCAR family extends its condolences to the family, friends and fans of Barney Hall, a NASCAR broadcasting giant for more than 50 years. Barney’s impeccable delivery and incredible storytelling skills left an indelible mark on the sport that he so clearly loved. His legacy remains through an honor that rightly carries his name – the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence. It will remain a constant reminder of the skill and passion that Barney brought to his work.”