FOX Sports, in coordination with Bristol Motor Speedway, Speedway Motorsports Inc., Stand Up To Cancer and NASCAR have re-named the April 19 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway to the “Food City 500 In Support Of Steve Byrnes And Stand Up To Cancer.”
The change was made in recognition of FOX Sports broadcaster Steve Byrnes, who continues his battle with head-and-neck cancer after being hospitalized this week with a blood clot in his lung and pneumonia. The co-host of "NASCAR Race Hub" and play-by-play anchor for FOX broadcasts of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, remains on a medical leave of absence.
"The support I have received from my teammates at FOX Sports, drivers, team members, track officials, NASCAR and the fans has been overwhelming," said Byrnes to FOXSports.com. "So many families are affected by cancer, and to play a small part in raising awareness is an honor to me."
A program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, Stand Up To Cancer was created to promote innovative cancer research and deliver new therapies to patients in need of immediate treatment. SU2C, a charitable partner of FOX Sports Supports, brings together the best and brightest researchers and encourages collaboration instead of competition among the entire cancer community. For more information or to donate to Stand Up To Cancer, please visit standup2cancer.org.