Barney Hall lived his life the way he
announced NASCAR races: smooth and
When he was in the broadcast booth,
Hall never got overly excited, was able to
translate the most complicated technical
issues into easy-to-understand terms for
the millions that tuned in, and had the
persona of a friendly grandfather who
always had a smile on his face and a skip
in his step.
Hall made his NASCAR debut in 1960
as part of the team that broadcast the
Daytona 500. He would go on to attend
and announce 50 of the next 54 editions
of The Great American Race.
Unfortunately, Hall abruptly retired
midway through the 2014 season – ending
his career where it began, at Daytona –
due to the onset of Parkinson’s disease.
Among Hall’s favorite broadcasts:
When close friend Dale Earnhardt finally
snapped a 20-year jinx to win his first –
and ultimately only – Daytona 500 of his
career in 1998.
Among Hall’s least favorite broadcasts:
The day Earnhardt died in a last-lap crash
in the 2001 Daytona 500. Hall had to tell
millions how badly Earnhardt was hurt,
and eventually, that “The Intimidator” had
The “Voice of NASCAR” is forever
silenced, but our memories and love of
Barney will never be forgotten.
For 35 years, Barney
Hall was the “Voice of
NASCAR” on the Motor
Racing Network, serving
as the eyes of race fans
from Dover, Delaware,
to Fontana, California.
Sadly, he passed away on
Jan. 26 at the age of 83.
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