Bob Bartel

Radio Broadcaster

Bob Bartel, 74, a native Washingtonian and a veteran radio broadcaster who worked mostly in the Baltimore area, died June 4 of heart disease at a hospital in York, Pa. He lived in Shrewsbury, Pa.

Mr. Bartel's authoritative voice was well known in the Baltimore area from his nearly 30 years on the air at WCAO-AM -- from 1962 until its format change to gospel music in 1991.

He attended what is now McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., before becoming a pitcher in the minor leagues. After several seasons, he injured his back and left baseball.

He broke into AM radio at WFMD in Frederick, then worked at WEAM and WPGC in Washington, and at a station in Orlando.

When he joined WCAO's staff, he broadcast news four days a week and had a Top 40 rock-and-roll music show on Saturday nights.

After several years, Mr. Bartel became the sports director. On Monday nights in the early 1980s, Mr. Bartel hosted the "Inside Football" talk show with former Baltimore Colts players Johnny Unitas and Bobby Boyd.

After leaving WCAO, Mr. Bartel worked at WTEM-AM, a sports talk station in Washington, and from 1992 to 1995 was on the air at USA Today Sky Radio in Crystal City.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth, and three children.

Larry Carrier

Racetrack Owner

Larry Carrier, 82, who helped start the racetrack now known as Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, died June 7 at a nursing home in Bristol. No cause of death was reported.

A developer, Mr. Carrier worked with Carl Moore and R.G. Pope in building the half-mile oval track, which opened in 1961.

Mr. Carrier bought the track out of bankruptcy in 1985, gave ESPN exclusive rights to broadcast Bristol's night race for years, and built the seating capacity to 71,000 before selling the track to Bruton Smith in 1996 for $26 million.

Bristol now seats 160,000 and hosts two NASCAR Nextel Cup races each year.

Mr. Carrier and Moore also built the Bristol International Dragway and started their own sanctioning body, the International Hot Rod Association, in 1965. The dragway was part of the sale in 1996.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley, and four children.