By AMANDA VINCENT
Late broadcaster Steve Byrnes was named the recipient of the 2016 Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence on Saturday at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. He’ll be honored during the 2016 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Jan. 22. Byrnes then will be featured in an exhibit at the Hall.
“For three decades, Steve’s hard work and humanity brought NASCAR fans closer to their favorite drivers,” NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France said. “His passion for the stories and people he covered was always reflected in his work. Steve was respected for his professionalism and adored for his easy demeanor.
Byrnes hosted NASCAR shows including Inside Winston Cup Racing and Darrell Waltrip’s Racers on TNN and was a pit reporter for CBS, TNN and TBS before joining FOX in 2001. With FOX, Byrnes was a pit reporter for Sprint Cup Series race broadcasts and hosted several shows including NASCAR Race Hub and Trackside.
Byrnes battled cancer stage four and head and neck cancer twice. He passed away April 21, 2015, after the second lengthy battle.
Sthe Squier-Hall Award recipient is chosen by a panel of NASCAR and NASCAR Hall of Fame executives, motorsports journalists, public relations representatives and former NASCAR drivers. Byrnes was chosen from among eight nominees for the 2016 award. Other nominees included Norma “Dusty” Brandel, Russ Catlin, Shave Glick, Bob Jenkins, Bob Moore, Benny Phillips and T. Taylor Warren.
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