Steve Byrnes loses battle with cancer

Steve Byrnes ( Fox Sports)

Steve Byrnes ( Fox Sports)

Steve Byrnes beloved member of the NASCAR family lost his battle with cancer Tuesday. Fox Sports announced the news in an emailed press release. The news came only days after the entire NASCAR community showed its support of Steve at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Steve was part of the FOX NASCAR broadcast team since its inaugural year of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series coverage in 2001. He been fighting the disease for several years. Several weeks ago he learned that he would need to continue chemotherapy after what he termed a “disappointing” scan. Last year he returned to broadcasting after getting the all-clear early in 2013. However later that year he was told that the cancer had returned and he would need more medical treatments. There were also reports that the cancer had spread to his lungs. The outpouring of support for Byrnes has been evident among NASCAR competitors, media and fans. Drivers have put “Steve Byrnes” on helmets and racecars and media and fans have shown support on various social media platforms.

On April 10, NASCAR and Bristol Motor Speedway said they would rename its race in honor of Steve. The event which was held last Sunday was renamed April 19 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up to Cancer. Tributes were shown all weekend for Steve as he was readmitted to the hospital. MORE>>>

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