“This is MRN, the voice of NASCAR.”
Barney Hall was the man behind those words, which filled airwaves across the country on countless Sunday afternoons and Saturday nights during NASCAR broadcasts.
Through his voice and race calls over more than five decades, countless fans were able feel as if they were live at the track, watching the action unfold. With that ability, Hall truly became NASCAR’s voice.
Hall died Tuesday at the age of 83, after developing complications following an operation.
Hall was with the Motor Racing Network since its formation in 1970, started calling races in 1960, and served as the first public address announcer at Bristol. From Dover to Daytona to Darlington, and all stops in between, Hall’s broadcasts became a fixture for generations of listeners.
Dover International Speedway joins NASCAR fans everywhere in saluting Hall, mourning his passing, praying for his family and looking back fondly on the memories and legacy he left behind.
Read more about Barney Hall’s life and career here.