Steve Byrnes, soldiers and smiles

BRISTOL, TN - APRIL 19: Fans hold Stand Up 2 Cancer signs supporting Steve Byrnes during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 19, 2015 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

BRISTOL, TN – APRIL 19: Fans hold Stand Up 2 Cancer signs supporting Steve Byrnes during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 19, 2015 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

That smile. That’s what I always think of. I didn’t know Steve Byrnes has well as some.  When I worked the NASCAR circuit full time, and even when I went part time a few years ago though, he was always there week to week . And he always seemed to have a smile on his face.  The only time a wide grin wasn’t present it seemed was when Steve was studying something about NASCAR. And he studied a great deal. He was always looking at stats, quotes, other stuff that would give him the most  information possible that he could impart to the rest of us. It didn’t matter if it was just a practice session in the Busch-Nationwide-Xfinity Series, or the results of the Daytona 500, Steve was always ready to report the best and most complete information possible. Ready to take us inside the sport we all loved, especially him.

It always seemed that no matter where you turned the channel to get NASCAR information there was Steve, ready to give us insight, ask the best questions. From TNN, to NBC, to Fox, Steve was a steady constant in a sport that has changed immeasurably around him in the ensuing years.

We exchanged pleasantries on several occasions and one time during a  practice for race somewhere I remember standing in the garage watching a crew working on a car. MORE>>>

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