Industry Tributes to Barney Hall
January 27, 2016 | 3:30 P.M. EST
International Speedway Corporation CEO Lesa France Kennedy
"The fabric of Barney Hall’s career is woven into the history of the International Speedway Corporation and NASCAR, dating to 1960 when he worked in the radio booth at the Daytona 500 for the first time. Through the years, he became a trusted journalist, a familiar voice and a great friend to everyone in our industry. We have lost a cherished link to our past. Our condolences extend to Barney’s family, friends and his millions of fans."
Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell
"I have known Barney Hall for many years and I’ve always respected him as one of the greatest broadcasters this sport has ever had. We shared a passion for flying and our conversations would always end up talking about that. I’ll miss having those chats.
"There’s no question in my mind he had to be the most trusted man in the garage. Drivers felt comfortable talking to him. At times, there were those that came along and thought they didn’t need to give Barney the time of day. That was a huge mistake because he never forgot it! They didn’t realize at the time that they needed him a lot more than he needed them. I wish we had more like Barney.
"My heart goes out to Karen (Carrier), who was such a special part of his life."
Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch
"Although I knew of Barney Hall prior to being named senior manager of the Winston Cup program for R.J. Reynolds in 1999, I did not know him personally. But once I hit that milestone in my career, a longstanding friendship began between us.
"Along with another MRN personality, Dick Brooks, we flew to and from a lot of NASCAR races together. The three-card guts games and camaraderie that went on during those plane rides were some of the best times of my life.
"Barney was an amazing broadcaster of our sport and coined the phrase, 'They don’t race anywhere like they race at Talladega.' I heard him say it many times and I am sad that I will not hear it again. All of us here at Talladega Superspeedway will miss him, and will keep his family and friends in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days."
"Barney will be forever the original voice of NASCAR. He may not have been there at the first race, but he was at a lot of them and is a pioneer of the sport. He helped grow the sport nationally. He made it come to life, gave it excitement and made everyone feel like they were right there at the track, even if you weren't.
"He defined calling the races over the radio and was the best at what he did in his field for a long, long time. He was there loudly during some of our greatest times and there silently during others. He was our voice and our friend. He will be missed.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Barney and his family at this time."