Barney Hall Rejoins MRN at Martinsville

Barney Hall

As NASCAR returns to Martinsville Speedway this week, fans who tune in or log on to will hear a familiar voice describing the action.

Barney Hall will be back behind the Motor Racing Network microphone as the March racing schedule comes to a close.

The Hall of Fame broadcaster was under the weather last month and sidelined for Speedweeks at Daytona, missing the season-opening Daytona 500 for just the third time in the race’s 54-year history. He returns to the booth this weekend, rejoining Joe Moore to anchor the network’s coverage of Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series competition from the Martinsville half-mile.

“Motor Racing Network is ‘The Voice of NASCAR’ and Barney Hall is the voice of MRN,” said President and Executive Producer David Hyatt. “Historically, Martinsville has played a big role in shaping our sport and providing generations of thrills. It’s fitting that we’re getting Barney back for the races there this weekend.”

Motor Racing Network’s coverage from Martinsville will kick off Saturday with the Kroger 250 Camping World Truck Series race. Air time is 1:15 p.m. (EDT), with Johnny Sauter the defending race winner. Hall and Moore will then anchor the network’s coverage of Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 Sprint Cup Series race starting at 12 p.m., with Kevin Harvick seeking his second straight Martinsville win.

Those races are part of MRN’s tripleheader weekend that also will feature the Porsche 250 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race from Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., which will air at 12:45 p.m. (ET) on Saturday.

MRN’s 2012 broadcast schedule, which features 86 live events from 33 venues, began in January with coverage from the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and included nine straight days of programming from Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway. It will conclude in December with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Banquet in Las Vegas.

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