Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Benny Parsons

Benny Parsons, the 1973 NASCAR Cup champion, passed away yesterday, due to complications from lung cancer.
Parsons was a huge asset to racing, best known now as the commentator on the NBC/TNT NASCAR broadcasts. He was seen as authoritative on racing, being the only commentator to recognize the difference to veteran drivers the change in design of the NASCAR cars has made. He has helped fledging drivers, most notably Greg Biffle, gain rides in the top series of NASCAR.
Parsons was a true professional, who, even while undergoing treatment, did everything he could to make it to his job in the broadcast booth. His love of racing was evident in everything he said and did. He was never critical of any driver on the track as a racing commentator.
He made a mark, both as a racecar driver and as a commentator, and will be remembered with great respect, if not all out love. We honor his career, and our prayers are with him and his family.
More news and information about BP can be accessed through Sports, which has many links to Benny Parsons stories. The Benny Parsons drawing in this post is credited to that site.

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