NASCAR reporter Steve Byrnes Passes Away

April 21, 2015
George Sugarman

Sad news are coming from the United States. Long time NASCAR television reporter and host Steve Byrnes has lost his battle with cancer. Before his passing, Byrnes spent as much time as possible with his wife, Karen, and their son, Bryson.

He began covering NASCAR in 1985 as host of TNN’s “Inside Winston Cup Racing” and also served as a pit reporter for the cable network and CBS. In 2001, he joined the NASCAR on FOX team as a pit reporter, also hosting the weekday show “Totally NASCAR” on FOX Sports Net. He continued covering races for FOX and hosted several shows across SPEED and FOX Sports 1, and in 2014, he was named the play-by-play announcer for FS1’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. In 2014, Byrnes returned to the FOX NASCAR team to cover his 30th Daytona Speedweeks and continued in his role as host of FOX Sports 1’s “NASCAR Race Hub” until taking a leave of absence last October after a reoccurrence of head-and-neck cancer he was diagnosed with in August 2013. In January, NASCAR named Byrnes to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel. “It’s an emotional thing for me,” Byrnes said. “My whole adult life has been immersed in NASCAR, and it means the world to me.”


Eric Shanks, president and COO, executive producer, FOX Sports said, “We lost a beloved member of the FOX Sports family today, and we extend our prayers and deepest sympathies to the Byrnes family. It was an honor over the past year to learn just how much Steve was loved and respected throughout the NASCAR community, which was evident this weekend in Bristol. Not even day-long heavy rains could dampen the outpouring of emotion on display.”


NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France said, “NASCAR extends its condolences to the many friends, FOX Sports colleagues and family of Steve Byrnes. Whether you had the privilege of knowing him or if you watched him on television for the last three decades, Steve’s work ethic and authenticity made him a beloved individual inside and outside the garage. His level of professionalism was matched only by the warmth he showed everyone he met. He battled cancer with tenacity, and was a true inspiration to everyone in the NASCAR family. Simply stated, we’ll miss Steve dearly. Our thoughts are especially with his wife Karen and son Bryson during this difficult time.”


Virtually every team and driver has sent his condolences, deeply moved by Byrnes’ passing.

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