Fox NASCAR announcer Steve Byrnes has died. He was 56.

The network said he died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer.

Byrnes joined Fox Sports in 2001 and served as a pit reporter for its Sprint Cup Series coverage through the 2014 season. He was also a play-by-play announcer for Fox Sports 1's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races and hosted several auto racing shows on the company's channels.

Before joining Fox, he was a pit reporter for TNN, CBS and WTBS.

A high school quarterback who led his team to a Maryland state championship, Byrnes played one season of football at James Madison before transferring to the University of Maryland.

Byrnes is survived by his wife of 22 years, Karen, and their 12-year-old son, Bryson, of Fort Mill, South Carolina.