10 April 2015

Inside Line: Food City 500 renamed to honor Steve Byrnes

Inside Line is a blogging project for my COMM-326 Sports Journalism course

In one of the cooler pieces of news you will see today, Bristol Motor Speedway and Fox Sports announced that next weekend's Food City 500 will be renamed, in support of NASCAR on Fox broadcaster Steve Byrnes as he continues to battle head-and-neck cancer, the Food City 500 In Support Of Steve Byrnes And Stand Up To Cancer.

Byrnes, the host of NASCAR RaceHub on Fox Sports 1 and the play-by-play announcer for the Camping World Truck Series on FS1 and one of the truly great guys in the bunsiness, is currently on a medical leave of absence after head-and-neck cancer had reemerged in October. Byrnes had previously been diagnosed with throat cancer in August of 2013 but successfully  fought it off in time to return to Daytona with the start of the season last year.

He is truly one of the good guys in the sport and he has seen an overwhelming amount of support from the NASCAR community even before the Bristol news.

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

Here's to hoping for a quick recovery for Byrnes so we can see him at the racetrack soon.

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