Jeff Striegle is the Booth Announcer for Motor Racing Network's broadcasts of NASCAR Sprint Cup, XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series events. He debuted with the network in 1998. Jeff resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is employed by Gordon Food Service as the Event Coordinator for GFS Marketplace. He also maintains RacingAwareness.com; a Michigan based nonprofit charity supporting the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital of Grand Rapids, Michigan. RacingAwareness.com is dedicated to enhancing the lives of children and their families coping with the illness or injury of the child. See Also - MRN Announcer Spotlight: Jeff Striegle
Rusty Wallace - the 1989 NASCAR Cup Series Champion, 1984 Rookie of the Year and a 55-time Cup Series race winner - currently serves as Lead Analyst for the Motor Racing Network for Sprint Cup races. For 16 straight seasons, Wallace won at least one race in the Cup Series, marking the third-longest such streak in history. Wallace’s 55 victories ranks ninth all-time. He was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in February 2013.
Winston Kelley, Lead Pit Reporter, is part of the Motor Racing Network team patrolling pit road at NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series broadcasts. His first job in motorsports broadcasting was being a statistician for the old Universal Racing Network. Winston joined MRN Radio in the late 80's as a production assistant making his first on-air appearance during the 1988 Martinsville broadcast. One of his biggest thrills: The first Daytona 500 broadcast he worked in 1989. He is also the Executive Director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina. See Also - MRN Announcer Spotlight: Winston Kelley
Steve Post is a Pit Reporter and host of "MRN 360" for the Motor Racing Network. The native of Hallstead , Pa. has been with the network since March 2003. Post started his career announcing short track races at Penn Can Speedway in Susquehanna, Pa. Along with announcing he handled media relations and was owner/editor of the speedway's program book. Following success on the short track level, Post moved to North Carolina to pursuit a full-time career in motorsports in 1995. Over the next eight seasons, he worked as media relations manager for Square D Company, IWX Motor Freight and Havoline. Following the 2002 season, Post was presented the opportunity to start working for MRN Radio. Along with his work with the network, he continues as a freelance writer with a number of clients. He is also co-host of "Winged Nation" at MRN.com along with Kendra Jacobs. See Also - MRN Announcer Spotlight: Steve Post
Dave Moody is the lead turn announcer for Motor Racing Network's broadcasts of NASCAR Sprint Cup, XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series events. Dave also hosts the nationally syndicated motorsports talk show, "SIRIUS Speedway," on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. A protégé of legendary motorsports commentator Ken Squier, Dave made his MRN debut during Speedweeks 1993, and has been a regular part of the lineup since 1998. See Also - MRN Announcer Spotlight: Dave Moody
Kim Coon, Social Media Reporter, joined the Motor Racing Network in 2015. She reports from pit road during the network’s Cup Series qualifying shows, and interacts with fans via social media and on the air during MRN’s race coverage. Coon, a Florida native, spent four seasons (2011-2014) as Miss Sprint Cup. She appeared at more events than any other Miss Sprint Cup in the history of the program. Coon helped activate the series sponsor’s strategic plan through social media, broadcast channels and trackside events. Her background includes marketing and public relations experience with Charlotte, N.C.-based agencies in the years preceding her stint with Sprint.
Pete Pistone has been associated with auto racing most of his life. His uncle "Tiger" Tom Pistone was a NASCAR driver in the 1950's and Pete literally grew-up in the pits. A motorsports jounalist for nearly 25 years, Pete has a wide range of both print and broadcast experience. Along with being a Pit Reporter for the Motor Racing Network and Senior Writer for MRN.com, Pete also co-hosts "The Morning Drive" on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. See Also - MRN Announcer Spotlight: Pete Pistone
Kurt Becker, Booth Announcer/Turn Announcer, made his MRN debut in September of 1994 as a turn announcer. Today, his duties still include turn announcing but also single-event anchor. Residing in Altamont, IL his entire life, Kurt also works in the Thoroughbred industry as a track announcer at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Ky., and he is the former voice of Churchill Downs--the home of the Kentucky Derby. In 2007, he was named one of the 10 best announcers in the history of the equine sport in the book "The Best and Worst of Thoroughbred Racing," published by Daily Racing Form. Kurt is also an announcer for Thoroughbred auctions at venues in Kentucky and Canada and since January of 2006, he has additionally served as the announcer for the Barrett-Jackson classic car events. Kurt was named Citizen of the Year for 2012 in his hometown (Altamont, IL) for both his career achievements and his contributions to local churches, charities, and civic groups. In April 2013, Kurt will be inducted to the Illinois Basketball Coaches' Association Hall of Fame as a "Friend of Basketball" for his unpaid, volunteer efforts over the last 15 years to help research and document the history of high school basketball in central Illinois; will be inducted in the same class with state title-winning coach Jack Blickensderfer, the father of NSCS crew chief Drew Blickensderfer. See Also - MRN Announcer Spotlight: Kurt Becker
Barney Hall went home to be with the Lord on January 26, 2016. The longtime anchor for the Motor Racing Network was born in Elkin, NC, June 24, 1932, and made the Elkin area his lifelong home. Following his graduation from Elkin High School in 1951, he joined the U.S. Navy and proudly served his country four years during the Korean Conflict, a portion of that time aboard the U.S.S. Essex. After the war he returned to Elkin to work at Chatham Mfg.
Barney was an avid gardener and an exceptional pilot, maintaining a private pilot’s license for many years. He also enjoyed spending time in the outdoors fishing and playing golf. His love of the game led him to design, build and operate a Par 3 Golf Course. A natural craftsman, Barney loved salvaging materials from old buildings to use for other projects. He used salvaged wood and other materials to prove his skill as a remarkable builder, designing and constructing his own three-story home without the help of blueprints, or building plans. Through most of his life, he maintained his fitness by working out on a trampoline. In his early years he served as a trampoline instructor at the YWCA in Elkin.
Barney launched his radio career in his hometown of Elkin and worked as a disc jockey at WIFM radio for 13 years. While there, he entered the world of NASCAR stock car racing when he received promotional tickets and started attending and covering races. He began his 54-year racing career, attending his first Daytona 500 in 1960 and missing only four broadcasts of the Great American Race in its 57-year history. In 1961 he became the first track announcer at Bristol Motor Speedway and long considered that his “home track.” He joined the Motor Racing Network at its inception in 1970 as a turn announcer and became the anchor of the network in 1979 where he became known as “The Voice of NASCAR.” The network honored Barney with an appreciation award for “45 Years of Great Racing Coverage” at MRN’s annual kickoff meeting in January.
With his calm voice and folksy delivery, Barney was beloved by millions of race fans worldwide. He served as MRN’s lead anchor through July, 2014 when he worked his final, live broadcast in July, 2014 covering the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. He mentored and served as a role model to dozens of broadcasters over his career, many of whom are still active in NASCAR. Barney remained active with MRN until his passing serving as analyst and contributor on various programs and was honored, along with his producer Darrell Smith in January by the National Motorsports Press Association with a first place award in the category of “Topic Oriented Feature,” providing a perspective on the new Daytona Rising project at Daytona International Speedway.
Barney was an original member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel and was honored by the same organization as the co-namesake and inaugural co-recipient of the Squier-Hall Award for Media Excellence, along with former MRN and TV broadcaster Ken Squier.
He was honored on numerous occasions by the National Motorsports Press Association and was inducted into that organization’s Hall of Fame in 2007. In 2009, he received the prestigious Myers Brothers Award from the NMPA and also had a special award named for him to be given to broadcast members of the NMPA who has made special contributions to the sport.
The NASCAR industry also honored Barney with the Bill France Award of Excellence, the Buddy Shuman Award, and the Jim Hunter Memorial Award for Media Excellence.
Barney was of the Baptist faith and was preceded in death by his mother, Mazie Shumate.
He is survived by the love of his life of 35 years, Karen Carrier; his special canine companion, Lilli; aunt Eller Garris, several cousins, special friend Joanne Carrier and his MRN and NASCAR family.