Legendary NASCAR announcer Barney Hall dies

Darryl Waltrip, Barney Hall and Junior Johnson, from left, laugh while telling stories to the audience during a question and answer session held as part of the inaugural Darlington Historic Racing Festival at Darlington Raceway on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, in Darlington, S.C. (AP Photo/Morning News, Rebecca J. Ducker)

(WXII) – Barney Hall, the legendary Motor Racing Network announcer, died Tuesday from complications during a recent medical procedure. He was 83.

Hall had been a part of the network’s coverage since it started in 1970.

The announcer was loved by NASCAR fans and drivers. He did his last broadcast during the summer of 2014.

During his 57 years broadcasting, he only ever missed four races. He retired after being diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s Disease.

Hall was born in Elkin, and later returned for his retirement.

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