NASCAR announcer Steve Byrnes dies of cancer at 56

Photo courtesy of Fox Sports.
Photo courtesy of Fox Sports.

Photo courtesy of Fox Sports.

Just days after the NASCAR world united to celebrate and honor Steve Byrnes, the legendary NASCAR announcer died of cancer Tuesday at the age of 56.

FOX Sports Megan Englehart relayed the tragic news:

NASCAR honored Byrnes over the weekend by changing the name of the Bristol 500 race to the “Food City 500 In Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up to Cancer.” Following the event, Byrnes thanked everyone who supported his long fight with head and neck cancer: 

Byrnes covered NASCAR for over 30 years but did not call a single race in 2015. He was a well respected analyst who worked for Fox Sports since 2001 covering Sprint Cup series races.

Several drivers and teams, including Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch, offered their condolences following the announcement:

NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France also offered his thoughts on the huge loss for the sport:

Byrnes was married for 22 years to Karen Byrnes and had one son, Bryson, a 12-year-old student at Charlotte Christian School.

As the NASCAR world mourns the loss of someone who fought hard to survive, it’s hard to imagine life without Steve Byrnes in the booth moving forward. His professionalism and courtesy to the fans will be his legacy.

Visitation for Byrnes will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 27 at the Church of Christ in Fort Mill. A memorial service will then be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Palmetto Funeral Home in Fort Mill.