Death of Steve Byrnes: In honoring Kevin Harvick for his victory over Ryan Newman in 2014, President Obama offers condolences to Byrnes family

by jovan1984

“Steve Byrnes was a legendary reporter and broadcaster. I know a lot of fans’ thoughts and prayers today are with his wife, Karen, and his son, Bryson.”

WASHINGTON, DC — That was President Obama when he honored Kevin Harvick at the White House, hours after Steve Byrnes died of cancer.

Mr. Byrnes, who worked at TBS and TNN prior to joining Fox on February 18, 2001, had just celebrated his 56th birthday on April 14.

Mr. Harvick won the championship over Ryan Newman with the restart of his career at Homestead, Fla. to clear the 2002 Rookie of the Year recipient by 1.5 seconds.

“He was always humble, too,” said 7-time Sprint Cup champion Richard Petty, 77, about Mr. Byrnes. “I never saw him treat anyone unfairly. That’s just how he did his job and lived his life.”

“Steve’s work ethic and authenticity made him a beloved individual inside and outside the garage. His level of professionalism was matched only by the warmth he showed everyone he met,” said NASCAR chairman Brian France. “He battled cancer with tenacity, and was a true inspiration to everyone in the NASCAR family. Simply stated, we’ll miss Steve dearly.”

All homegoing ceremonies for Mr. Byrnes will be held at All Calvary Church in Charlotte on Monday and Tuesday, April 27 and 28.

Jeff Gluck