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Barney Hall (1932 - 2016)

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Barney Hall (1932 - 2016)

Barney Hall, the legendary NASCAR broadcaster, died Tuesday from complications following a recent medical procedure at the age of 83, according to ESPN.

He announced his first Daytona 500 race in 1960 and was one of the most trusted voices in NASCAR racing.  He began at Motor Racing Network when the network started in 1970 and he continued broadcasting for them until 2014.

"For many of us in the racing and broadcasting industries, Barney was more than just 'The Voice' who brought us the NASCAR action each week on the radio," MRN President David Hyatt said in a news release. "He was an inspiration, a teacher and, mostly, a friend.

"Barney was a consummate professional whose style and honesty made him one of the most revered voices of the sport and perhaps the most trusted reporter of his day."

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NASCAR chairman Brian France said: "Barney's impeccable delivery and incredible storytelling skills left an indelible mark on the sport that he so clearly loved."

NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. tweeted earlier in the day: "For the longest time he was THE voice of @NASCAR. Just perfection. Thoughts and prayers."

"He was not just a trusted voice to listeners and race fans, he became what many believe is the most trusted journalist in NASCAR by the sport's competitors for decades," said NASCAR Hall of Fame Executive Director Winston Kelley, who also is an MRN broadcaster.

Hall is survived by Karen Carrier, his girlfriend of the past 35 years.

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