Bob Frey, the voice of NHRA Full Throttle drag racing, is hanging up his announcing microphone at the end of the season. His announcement was made on Dragracecentral.com.
Frey, who has been announcing since 1966, said his retirement was just a matter of the right time to settle down.
“There are a lot of things at home I would like to do and take care of,” Frey said in the statement posted on Dragracecentral.com. “I have six grandsons and I would like to see them grow up, play ball and be a bigger part of their lives. Plus, after all these years on the road, I'd like to share some time with my wife.”
Frey’s career began as an announcer at Atco Dragway and included a stint at the IHRA before becoming one of the most recognized voices at the NHRA. He also penned columns for both National DRAGSTER and Dragracecentral.com.
“I've been doing this since before Funny Cars or Pro Stocks were even classes," Frey said. "I've been blessed to meet most of the stars of the sport and to be able to call them friends. It's been a great ride but it's time to move on."
Frey said he plans to remain involved in the sport by serving as emcee for the Don Garlits Hall of Fame inductions and the DRAW auction in between select events. He’ll also continue to write his weekly columns.
Frey will announce the remainder of 2012 NHRA Full Throttle events.
“I've enjoyed every aspect of my career but I'm looking forward to slowing down,” Frey concluded. “I'd like to thank everyone who has been so kind to me over the years, especially everyone at NHRA. It's been a dream job and I will miss it."
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