Steve Byrnes: A True Inspiration

Courtesy: FOX Sports
Courtesy: FOX Sports

Today has been tough for so many.

The NASCAR community lost a colleague, broadcaster, and most importantly – a friend.

Steve Byrnes never gave up in his courageous battle with Cancer, and this remained true through the very end.

In his final days, the racing world showed their love for a man so many admired. Bristol Motor Speedway renamed the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the “Food City 500 In Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up To Cancer.”

In addition, the hashtag “#ByrnesStrong” was displayed on the outside wall and those in attendance proudly displayed signs supporting the long-time NASCAR broadcaster.

We have so much to thank Mr. Byrnes for.

From the tireless hours of effort he put into his broadcasts, he always made sure to represent the sport in the best light possible. For this, and all of his contributions over his three decades in the sport – we say thank you.

While I didn’t know Mr. Byrnes personally, I wanted to share how he has impacted my life. He has been a true inspiration as his strength in fighting Cancer was admirable. He never gave up and remained positive throughout, showing us all how to truly live.

Our connection went as far as social media exchanges. However, through this he performed a sincere act that I will never forget. When my mother passed away late last year after a similar battle, he took the time to offer his condolences on Facebook.11164110_901347779907157_2018897581_n

This meant a lot of me as despite his own fight, he still thought of others. I will always remember him for being such a kind man, and one I will always view as an inspiration.

The level of support he always showed is something else I will never forget. I have heard many stories of him reaching out to those who aspire to work in the sport and offer advice and encouragement. These kind gestures are greatly appreciated and go a long way for the recipients.

I’m going to end this tribute with song lyrics from a song Mr. Byrnes had tweeted about recently, saying it inspired him during his battle. From the song “One Hell of An Amen” by Brantley Gilbert, the lyrics offer comfort for anyone who has lost someone close to them. They also reinforce that this may be your last goodbye, but it’s always until I see you again.

That’s the only way to go

Fightin’ the good fight

Til the Good Lord calls you home

And so be well my friend

Til’ I see you again

This is our last goodbye

But it’s a Hell of an Amen

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