Steve Byrnes honored with Squier -Hall Award
RELATED: Steve Byrnes passes away at 56 CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The NASCAR Hall of Fame honored late broadcaster Steve Byrnes on Saturday at the weather-delayed induction ceremony at the Charlotte Convention Center. His son Bryson accepted the Squier ‑Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence earlier this afternoon at the NASCAR Hall of Fame on behalf of his father, who passed away from cancer in April. "This day is about those who paved the way in our sport," FOX Sports broadcaster Krista Voda said during Byrnes' introduction. "Each of us has a person, the one who guided us, who gave us a blueprint. Steve Byrnes was my person, my mentor, my friend. In April, Steve lost his courageous battle with cancer but not before serving as an inspiration to the entire NASCAR community." The Squier -Hall award is named in honor of legendary broadcasters Ken Squier and Barney Hall and has been presented to influential members of NASCAR media for the past three years. Byrnes' wife, Karen, and son, Bryson, were among the many family members present at the induction ceremony. "Just be nice to others," Bryson Byrnes said on lessons his father taught him. "You know, just enjoy what you do, have a great attitude while doing it, and just always going full out when you do do something, and do what you love, and when you do do it, just do it with a heart and a passion of doing it." RELATED: Through the years photo gallery Drivers Darrell Wallace Jr . and Dale Earnhardt Jr . were among those to tweet tributes and remebrances of Byrnes after Saturday's ceremonies at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. I often delete pics but this one has always been in the bank. It's a constant reminder of how great he was! pic.twitter.com/56sgTqRA8A — Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) January 23, 2016 One of the best EVER to cover the sport. Steve Byrnes honored with the Squier -Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence @NASCARHall today. — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) January 23, 2016
Steve Byrnes wins the 2016 Squier -Hall Award
The family of Steve Byrnes was in attendance as he was posthumously awarded the fifth Squier -Hall Award at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Squier , Jarretts to call part of Southern 500
RELATED: See the throwback schemes for Darlington Just when it looked like Darlington Raceway 's 1970s "throwback" promotion couldn't get any groovier with retro race car paint schemes and a return to the track's historical Labor Day weekend calendar spot, NBC Sports upped the game again. The network announced Tuesday that iconic broadcaster Ken Squier will team with NASCAR Hall of Famers -- and father and son -- Ned and Dale Jarrett in the broadcast booth for a portion of Sunday's Bojangles' Southern 500 telecast on NBC (7 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Not only will the race look like a blast from the past, it will sound like one, too. "Something I'm looking extremely forward to is to have a chance to call some of the race with my dad and Ken Squier , who really helped put our sport on the map,'' said Dale Jarrett, who appears on NBC's pre-race show along with Krista Voda and Kyle Petty. Viewers can expect to be transported to a different era in the sport with approximately 30 cars running retro paint schemes and the broadcast set to adjust even fine details, like making its graphics and logo authentic to the time. The track nicknamed "Too Tough to Tame" is itself a perennial "throwback" to some of the most noteworthy historical times in NASCAR. Described Squier , "Darlington is truly like no other, its imperfections ... it's the perfect competitive place for NASCAR." "Authentic" was the buzzword Tuesday afternoon as the NASCAR on NBC team shared its collective thoughts about one of the sport's most traditional races, the Southern 500 and its long-awaited move back to its Labor Day weekend position on the schedule for the first time since 2003. Squier called it "the best move NASCAR has made in a decade." Others spoke at length about how this weekend's race at the notoriously tough Darlington venue also represents a bridge between the longtime NASCAR purists and the new generation of fans. "I think it's really important to understand where you came from to know where you're going, and what a perfect weekend to do it,'' NBC analyst and former Darlington winner Jeff Burton said. "At a time we look back and celebrate the past, we can celebrate what's going on now too." Fellow analyst Petty agreed the weekend would please those who hang onto the memories of Richard Petty battling David Pearson, Ned Jarrett's record 14-lap margin of victory, Dale Earnhardt's afternoons charming "The Lady in Black" and Bill Elliott winning $1 million in the old Winston Million incentive program. At the same time, there is hope the attention generated this weekend will pique the interest of new fans who have a wide field of young new talent ready to follow in the legends footsteps here. "It's a time to wax nostalgic, but also an opportunity to educate fans to the history of the sport at a place that has that much history … and at the same time introduce them to what the sport has now," Petty said. "There are certain places that evoke history and the guys that came before you, and Darlington's that place. It's still the exact same place my granddad drove around 50-60 years ago. "I was ecstatic when they moved it back to Labor Day. ... This is where it should be. "All is right with the world this week for me because we'll be in Darlington and it's Labor Day."
Barney Hall passes away at age of 83
RELATED: NASCAR community reacts to Barney Hall's passing Barney Hall, whose soothing voice delivered stock-car racing broadcasts over radio airwaves for 54 years, died Tuesday from complications after a recent medical operation. He was 83. Hall was a fixture with Motor Racing Network (MRN) since its inception in 1970. His longevity and connection to racing fans with his unique brand of storytelling earned Hall a place in the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2012, when the shrine created the annual Squier -Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence, honoring Hall alongside legendary TV broadcaster Ken Squier . MORE: The story behind the Squier -Hall Award " Squier , Hall recognized "I learned a long time ago, listen to the fans," Hall told NASCAR.com in the days before his final broadcast in 2014. "If you do what makes them happy, you're pretty much OK. If not, ain't nobody happy." NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France said of Hall following news of his passing: "The entire NASCAR family extends its condolences to the family, friends and fans of Barney Hall, a NASCAR broadcasting giant for more than 50 years. Barney's impeccable delivery and incredible storytelling skills left an indelible mark on the sport that he so clearly loved. His legacy remains through an honor that rightly carries his name -- the Squier -Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence. It will remain a constant reminder of the skill and passion that Barney brought to his work." Seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty said this about Hall: "He defined calling the races over the radio and he 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." Hall's radio career began during his four years of active duty in the United States Navy. After his military service, he returned to his hometown of Elkin, North Carolina, as a disc jockey for local station WIFM. RELATED: Barney Hall through the years Hall transitioned to calling on-track action, joining his first broadcast of the Daytona 500 in 1960 and was the first public address announcer at Bristol Motor Speedway when it opened one year later. Hall began his career with MRN as a reporter calling the action from the turns. As NASCAR grew from a regional sport to having a wider national reach, Hall moved to the booth and his recognizable voice resonated with a larger audience. "Whether you met him or not, you felt like you knew him," said Winston Kelley, executive director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and a colleague of Hall's at MRN. "His easy, conversational delivery made you feel like you were listening to one of your closest friends or relatives tell you a story -- the story of the very NASCAR race he was describing. He could paint a picture that would make Picasso or Rembrandt proud and tell a story that would awe Hemingway or Twain. "He was not just a trusted voice to listeners and race fans, he became what many believe is the most trusted journalist in NASCAR by the sport's competitors for decades." Hall made his final broadcast in July 2014 at Daytona International Speedway , calling Aric Almirola 's first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory in the track's rain-shortened summer race. He received a standing ovation in the pre-race drivers' and crew chiefs' meeting. "To have been in this stuff for 54 years, I've gotten to know everybody at one time or another," said Hall, who received the Bill France Award of Excellence in 2007. "It's a pretty good feeling to go in that garage and hear somebody at some point go, 'Hey, Barney Hall, how you doing?' That makes you feel good. It really, really does." Hall is survived by his companion of 35 years, Karen Carrier, who was by Hall's side as he passed away.
NASCAR community reacts to passing of Barney Hall
RELATED: Barney Hall passes away at age 83 " Hall honored prior to final race Legendary NASCAR broadcaster Barney Hall passed away Tuesday at the age of 83 from complications after a recent medical operation. Hall was known as "The Voice of NASCAR" and was a fixture for Motor Racing Network's coverage of the sport. His unique brand of storytelling earned Hall a place in the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2012, when the shrine created the annual Squier -Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence, honoring Hall alongside legendary TV broadcaster Ken Squier . MORE: The story behind the Squier -Hall Award " Squier , Hall recognized for media excellence Shortly after news of Hall's passing surfaced, drivers such as Dale Earnhardt Jr ., Brad Keselowski , Chase Elliott and many more took to Twitter to pay tribute. Barney Hall was a legend. He was the nicest, most genuine and funniest man I've ever met! He will be greatly missed. — Jeff Gordon (@JeffGordonWeb) January 27, 2016 Thank you Barney. You were a blessing and will be missed. https://t.co/0n52ssKUEQ — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) January 27, 2016 This is awful, awful news. Great guy & incredible spokesman for the sport for decades. I'll never forget that voice. https://t.co/SWB4ngmpZE — Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) January 27, 2016 Had the honor of being in the booth with Barney at 2014 Daytona July race. When I hear "The Voice of NASCAR" I think Barney Hall. Legend. — Chase Elliott (@chaseelliott) January 27, 2016 Sad to hear about the passing of Barney Hall. Such a legendary voice and factual commentator for MRN. Thoughts and prayers to his family. — Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch) January 27, 2016 Very sorry to hear of the passing of Barney Hall. He did so much for the sport. Such a legendary voice. — Joey Logano (@joeylogano) January 27, 2016 So sad to here the news of Barney Hall he was the voice of Nascar when I was growing up I listened to him every Sunday #RipBarney — Ty Dillon (@tydillon) January 27, 2016 There will never be another like him. Our thoughts & prayers are with the family & @MRNRadio friends of Barney Hall. pic.twitter.com/mUOIKyKNfB — RCR (@RCRracing) January 27, 2016 Loved listening to Barney Hall call races as we were running up and down the road to dirt tracks he was so good!! @MRNRadio — Ricky Stenhouse Jr . (@StenhouseJr) January 27, 2016 Saddened to hear about loss of Barney Hall. His voice synonymous with the excitement & growth of our sport. His Impact is immeasurable. — Eric McClure (@ericmcclure) January 27, 2016 When I was young, like many I'd stage races on floor w/toy cars. Except I would record play-by-play on tape. I wanted to be Barney Hall... — Eric McClure (@ericmcclure) January 27, 2016 Growing up listening to the race cheering for my dad as a kid Barney hall was one of the best on the radio. Prayers for him and his family. — Jeb Burton (@JebBurtonRacing) January 27, 2016 Barney Hall was truly the best. A legend and an inspiration to many. Our deepest condolences to his friends and family. — JR Motorsports (@JRMotorsports) January 27, 2016 Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, fans and colleagues of the great Barney Hall. — Hendrick Motorsports (@TeamHendrick) January 27, 2016 Rest in peace Barney, thank you for all your contributions to NASCAR. https://t.co/BwXp5GY0s2 — Tommy Baldwin Racing (@TBR_Racing) January 27, 2016 Perfect description for Barney Hall. Godspeed, Barney! #NASCAR https://t.co/cIvGLxwJKI — BK Racing (@BKRacing_2383) January 27, 2016 Barney Hall – the Rembrandt and Picasso of painting a picture of NASCAR. The Hemingway and Twain of telling the story. RIP my dear friend. — Winston Kelley (@WinstonKelley) January 27, 2016 Thinking of the @MRNRadio family this morning & sending thoughts and prayers to Barney's loved ones. https://t.co/0gWV8wfgSo — Red Horse Racing (@RedHorseRacing) January 27, 2016 So sad to hear that Barney Hall passed away. A true pioneer in NASCAR His voice will be missed. One of the most respected men in our sport — ray evernham (@RayEvernham) January 27, 2016 Thank you Barney. https://t.co/trBNfxA6JX — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) January 27, 2016 Well said @MRNRadio . He will forever be a part of @NASCAR folklore. May he rest in peace. #BarneyHall https://t.co/ywjYIeXPfp — Kurt Busch (@KurtBusch) January 27, 2016 Really hate to wake up to the passing of Barney Hall.. He has done so much for our sport and was a true gentleman pic.twitter.com/lAS2MWdYrt — Rodney Childers (@RodneyChilders4) January 27, 2016 Sad to see the passing of Barney Hall. Loved listening to him call races on @MRNRadio — AJ Allmendinger (@AJDinger) January 27, 2016 We often talk about people who helped make #NASCAR what it is today. @MRNRadio 's Barney Hall was one of those people. #ThanksBarney — Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) January 27, 2016 Was just in the Barney Hall studio this week. I will always remember his smooth calling of a race. RIP https://t.co/FZ6cGCAnEP — David Ragan (@DavidRagan) January 27, 2016 No voice like Barneys!!! One of the nicest guys this sport has ever known... https://t.co/lDOXE0nC8W — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) January 27, 2016 May you RIP Barney. Your love and passion for the sport could be felt through your voice... https://t.co/uLaNYxyblD — DeLana Harvick (@DeLanaHarvick) January 27, 2016 So sad to hear the passing of Barney Hall.. Loved listening to him on Sunday while we worked in the Go Kart shop.He was the voice of NASCAR — Elliott Sadler (@Elliott_Sadler) January 27, 2016 Thoughts and prayers to the @MRNRadio bunch and @TheMikeBagley . I know how much they'll be missing Barney and it's such a sad deal. #NASCAR — Jon Wood (@_JonWood) January 27, 2016 Rest In Peace, Barney Hall. pic.twitter.com/TQP49ACIqL — Roush Fenway Racing (@roushfenway) January 27, 2016 We are deeply saddened by the loss of legendary NASCAR broadcaster Barney Hall. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone at @MRNRadio . — Toyota Racing (@ToyotaRacing) January 27, 2016
Higgins honored to receive Squier -Hall Award
Veteran motorpsports journalist Tom Higgins will join the 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame class as the Squier -Hall Award recipient.
NASCAR Unveils Squier -Hall Award
NASCAR Unveiles the Squier -Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence in honor of famous broadcasters Ken Squier and Barney Hall.
Squier -Hall Recognized for NASCAR Media Excellence
Ken Squier and Barney Hall will be recognized as the first two recipients of the Squier -Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence nwhich is named in their honor.
The Story Behind the Squier -Hall Award
Take a look back at the legendary careers of Ken Squier and Barney Hall as they prepare to be recipients of the Squier -Hall Award.
Darlington's throwback weekends tap into NASCAR nostalgia
MORE: Buy Darlington tickets now RELATED: See all of the 2015 Darlington throwback paint schemes Darlington Raceway is hopping in the wayback machine again for the 2016 Southern 500, with this year's throwback theme focusing on the 1975-1984 era for the Bojangles' Southern 500 (Sept. 2-4, 2016). More than 30 cars in the field for the 2015 Southern 500 featured paint schemes honoring drivers and popular livery from the 1970s. The event spurred memorable moments such as Kyle Larson driving the Mello Yello Chevrolet and morphing into Kyle Petty and Aric Almirola sporting a mustache fit for "The King." And Ned Jarrett and Ken Squier returned to the broadcast booth to call part of the race. RELATED: Best throwback images, from duds to logos to 'staches The 2015 throwback event was the first of a five-year campaign, and drivers, teams and fans all enjoyed it so much that the program won the National Motorsports Press Association's 2015 Myers Brothers Award. "We felt like if we could get eight or 10 teams on board to really showcase what we're trying to accomplish, we felt like in 2016 we could get more, in 2017 we would get more and so on," track president Chip Wile said. "But the response that we've gotten from everyone in the industry has been incredible." RELATED: Darlington takes home NMPA Myers Brothers Award Dale Earnhardt Jr ., for one, is pretty excited about the 2016 throwback program. After honoring Cale Yarborough in his 2015 throwback ride, Junior has strongly hinted that he'd like to drive a version of the "Gray Ghost" driven by Buddy Baker. RELATED: 'Gray Ghost' coming to Darlington this year?