NASCAR race named to honor popular broadcaster as he battles cancer

(Fox Sports)
(Fox Sports)
(Fox Sports)

Fox Sports announced Friday that in coordination with Bristol Motor Speedway, Speedway Motorsports Inc., Stand Up To Cancer, and NASCAR, the April 19 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from Bristol the Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up to Cancer. Byrnes, co-host of NASCAR Race Hub and play-by-play announcer for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, is on a medical leave of absence while he undergoes treatment.

He has been part of the FOX NASCAR broadcast team since its inaugural year of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series coverage in 2001. The event, live on FOX (coverage begins at 12:30 PM ET), pays tribute to Byrnes, a NASCAR television mainstay for 30 years, while also serving as a vehicle of support and awareness for all those battling cancer.

“The support I have received from my teammates at FOX Sports, drivers, team members, track officials, NASCAR and the fans has been overwhelming,” Byrnes said.  “So many families are affected by cancer, and to play a small part in raising awareness is an honor to me. MORE>>>

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