Steve Byrnes’ son totes $1 million prize around Charlotte track, teases drivers
NASCAR lost one of its favorite sons when FOX analyst Steve Byrnes died last month. So at Saturday’s All-Star Race, it was only right to share it with another favorite son.
Byrnes’ 12-year-old son, Bryson, was invited to partake in some prerace festivities, and he got the sweetest assignment of the night: toting the $1 million prize money around the Charlotte Motor Speedway track with Michael Waltrip.
It was a lot of money to entrust to a boy, but Bryson showed remarkable financial restraint as he teased the drivers who wanted to grab the cash.
Tony Stewart tried to get some of it, then AJ Allmendinger and Jimmie Johnson and even former NFL star Jason Sehorn.
But Bryson snapped that briefcase shut so fast, they almost lost fingers.
"It’s like an alligator," he said.
Bryson even got to meet his favorite driver, Joey Logano. But he shut him down, too.
"You have to win, son," Bryson said.
Logano laughed: "It’s like an alligator!"
"That’s what I said!" a delighted Bryson replied.
Watch all the fun in the video above.
In the end, it was Denny Hamlin taking home the big check. And he planned for it go to his child: young daughter Taylor.
"I’ve got a little daughter at home that would like to go to college, so let’s save that for the college fund," he said with a smile.
FOX Sports’ Jared Turner contributed to this report.