Legendary announcer Barney Hall of the Motor Racing Network will call his last NASCAR race Sunday at Daytona International Speedway.
NASCAR president Mike Helton made the announcement Saturday during the drivers' meeting prior to the Coke Zero 400.
Hall, 82, has been the play-by-play announcer for MRN since 1970 and began calling races in 1958. He has become the voice of NASCAR, calling almost every historical moment since joining MRN. Hall isn't retiring, but will transition into a different role at MRN that will see him spotlight various drivers, races and tracks.
The Coke Zero 400 was postponed from Saturday night to Sunday due to rain.
Recognizing his influence on the sport, the NASCAR Hall of Fame named the Squire-Hall Award for contributions by the media after Hall and television personality Ken Squier. Various drivers, including Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Clint Bowyer, posted tributes to Hall on Twitter.
.@MRNRadio Barney Hall is a legend. I grew up listening to him. Forever grateful.— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) July 5, 2014
Make sure u watch the race on TNT and listen to it on MRN. Tonight will be the "voice" of NASCAR Barney Halls last race. Thank you Barney!— Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) July 5, 2014
#BarneyHall my retire but that voice will never leave me or be forgotten, smooth as silk, strong as steel, Call'em home tonight buddy !— Darrell Waltrip (@AllWaltrip) July 5, 2014
Always loved listening to MRN to hear guys like Barney Hall. End of an era.— Joey Logano (@joeylogano) July 5, 2014
Barney Hall has been a great ambassador for our sport. A real professional on the radio & matched many drivers & owners together. #Respect— Jeff Burton (@JeffBurton) July 5, 2014