Thoughts And Prayers For Steve Byrnes: My Brief Brush With Byrnes

Steve Byrnes in the PitsIt doesn’t seem like that long ago that NASCAR media, fans and crew were welcoming back Fox Sports on-air personality Steve Byrnes after a bout with head and neck cancer.

Unfortunately, it was announced today that Byrnes’ cancer has returned. Effective immediately, he is focusing on his health, suspending his Fox Sports 1 duties co-hosting NASCAR Race Hub and play-by-play commentary of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series broadcast.

Byrnes Requesting an InterviewI had the pleasure of seeing Byrnes back in action last time NASCAR came to Charlotte Motor Speedway. From Bowyer’s pit-box I got to get a behind-the scenes glimpse at how the pit reporters approach and interview the crew chief mid-race when he ascended the 5-Hour Energy to talk to the No. 15 crew chief, Brian Pattie. Pattie responded over the noise that he’d do the interview down in the ground, rather than in his seat on the pit box.

I got to see Byrnes interview Pattie from above, and then seconds later, the pit box DirecTV-tuned television broadcast the interview. It was both cool and surreal.

Later I shared the pic above an to the right on Twitter and Byrnes and responded back. I wish I had the chance to meet him.

The point of all this, was that it was an honor seeing Steve Byrnes work the Charlotte Motor Speedway pits during the Coca Cola 600. He obviously loves what he does, and is passionate about the sport we love.

The ClosetNASCARFan clan has Steve Byrnes in our thoughts and prayers, and hope you’ll do the same. Get well soon, Steve. I hope to see you trackside soon.

Steve Byrnes Steps Aside from NASCAR on FOX to Focus on Health

5 thoughts on “Thoughts And Prayers For Steve Byrnes: My Brief Brush With Byrnes

  • October 9, 2014 at 3:16 am

    Thanks for sharing. Prayers for Steve and his family. My family has always enjoyed him on air. Look forward to seeing him back.

  • October 9, 2014 at 10:37 am

    I have been watching Steve Byrnes since he started in NASCAR racing. I have never seen such a personable reporter. He is the only one I ever cared anything about. It is so obvious he loves NASCAR and its people and they love him, too.
    Byrnes has a sense of humor that few can match.
    He has seen us through good times and bad times in NASCAR.
    Now it is our turn to do the same for him.

  • October 9, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Steve Byrnes is a class act, and the sport is a better place when he is there.
    Steve, from one Cancer survivor to another, you’ve beat this once and you can beat it again. You have a whole lot of folks out here praying for you.
    God Bless you and yours, and we look forward to your return to the profession you were born for.


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