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Benny Parsons
Born: July 12, 1941
Birthplace: Wilkes County, North Carolina
Awards: 1973 Winston Cup Champion

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Named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers (1998) NASCARs 50 Greatest Drivers is a list of NASCAR drivers. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ...


inducted in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame (1994) The International Motorsports Hall of Fame is a Hall of Fame dedicated to enshrining those who have contributed the most to auto racing either as a driver, owner, developer or engineer. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ...


inducted into the Court of Legends at Lowe's Motor Speedway (1994) Lowes Motor Speedway (formerly Charlotte Motor Speedway) is a superspeedway in Concord, North Carolina, a few miles north of Charlotte. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ...


inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (2005) The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America is a Hall of Fame and museum in Novi, Michigan for American motorsports legends. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


ESPN Emmy (1996) ESPN (an acronym for the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ...


ACE Award (1989) The Cable ACE Awards was an awards show that ran from 1978 to 1997 that honored excellence in cable television programing. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

NASCAR Cup statistics
526 races run over 21 years.
Best Cup Position: 1st - 1973 (Winston Cup)
First Race: 1963 (Mt. Clemens Speedway)
Last Race: 1988 Atlanta Journal 500 (Atlanta)
First Win: 1971 Halifax County 100 (South Boston)
Last Win: 1984 Coca-Cola 500 (Atlanta)
Wins Top Tens Poles
21 283 20

Benny Parsons (born July 12, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan, currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina) is an American NASCAR announcer/analyst on NBC and TNT. He became famous as the 1973 NASCAR Winston Cup (now NEXTEL Cup) champion. The National Association for Stock Car Automobile Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... NASCAR Nextel Cup logo NEXTEL Cup trophy, adopted in 2004 4-time champion Jeff Gordon poses with the Winston Cup trophy (used prior to 2004) The NASCAR Championship is the championship held in NASCARs top stock car racing series. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 is a NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car race held at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. ... Atlanta Motor Speedway is a superspeedway in Hampton, Georgia, USA, 20 miles (32 km) south of Atlanta. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... South Boston Speedway or SoBo is a race track located in South Boston, Virginia, approximately sixty miles east of another area familiar to most NASCAR fans, Martinsville. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... At one time, two different NASCAR races were known as the Coca-Cola 500: For the race at Pocono Raceway from 1977 to 1980, see Pennsylvania 500 For the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway from 1981 to 1985, see Golden Corral 500 For the current NASCAR race held at Lowe... Atlanta Motor Speedway is a superspeedway in Hampton, Georgia, USA, 20 miles (32 km) south of Atlanta. ... July 12 is the 193rd day (194th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 172 days remaining. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film). ... Nickname: Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (Latin for, We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes) Location in Wayne County, Michigan Coordinates: Country United States State Michigan County Wayne County Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Area    - City 370. ... Nickname: The Queen City, Hornets Nest Location in Mecklenburg County in the state of North Carolina Coordinates: Country United States State North Carolina Counties Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Mayor Pat McCrory, (R) Area    - City 280. ... The National Association for Stock Car Automobile Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... NBC Sports logo NBC Sports is a division of NBC, responsible for the televising of many sports events on the network. ... Turner Network Television, usually referred to as TNT, is a cable TV network created by media mogul Ted Turner and launched with a showing of his favorite film, Gone with the Wind, on October 3, 1988. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... The National Association for Stock Car Automobile Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series is NASCARs top racing series. ...


He is nicknamed The Professor in part because of his popular remarks and relaxed demeanor.


In July 2006, he was diagnosed with lung cancer. Since his treatments, he has been appearing infrequently in the broadcast booth. Early elections in November are announced in the Netherlands. ... Lung cancer is a cancer of the lungs characterized by the presence of malignant tumours. ...

Contents

Before NASCAR

Parsons was a Detroit cab driver before entering NASCAR competition.


Driving career

1960s

Parsons began his NASCAR career by running one race in 1964 for Holman-Moody with a young Cale Yarborough. William Caleb Cale Yarborough (born March 27, 1939 in Timmonsville, South Carolina, near the Famous Darlington Raceway), is a former NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver and was one of the series engaging personalities. ...


Parsons won the 1968 and 1969 ARCA championships. The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is an auto racing sanctioning body in the United States founded in 1964 (not to be confused with the sports car club of the same name founded by the Collier brothers in 1933). ...


Parsons had three Top 10 finishes in four NASCAR races in 1969.


1970s

He joined the circuit full-time in 1970 with Pit Crew Chief, John Hill. He had 23 Top 10 finishes in 45 races, a pole at Langley Field Speedway, and finished eighth in the points. He raced in the #72 L.G. DeWitt/DeWitt Racing car. John Hill (c. ...


Parsons had 18 Top 10 finishes in 35 starts in 1971, including his first win at South Boston Speedway. He finished eleventh in the points. South Boston Speedway or SoBo is a race track located in South Boston, Virginia, approximately sixty miles east of another area familiar to most NASCAR fans, Martinsville. ...


In 1972 he had 19 Top 10 finished in 31 races. He finished fifth in the final points standings.


In 1973 he won the NASCAR Championship with only one win, even though David Pearson won eleven races (but Pearson only entered eighteen events). Parsons consistency likely won him the championship: he had 21 Top 10 and 15 Top 5 finishes in the 28 events. 1973 is considered the start of the modern era in NASCAR, so Parsons is considered the first modern era champion. Parsons also became the only person to win both ARCA and NASCAR championships. NASCAR Nextel Cup logo NEXTEL Cup trophy, adopted in 2004 4-time champion Jeff Gordon poses with the Winston Cup trophy (used prior to 2004) The NASCAR Championship is the championship held in NASCARs top stock car racing series. ... David Pearson (born December 22, 1934 in Whitney, South Carolina) is a former American NASCAR racecar champion. ...


Parsons finished between third and fifth in the final points from 1974 to 1980. He won the 1975 Daytona 500. He switched to the #27 car for M.C. Anderson starting in 1979. He won the 1980 World 600 at Charlotte. The Daytona 500 is a 200-lap, 500 mile (805 km) NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. ... The Coca-Cola 600 (formerly World 600) is a six hundred mile stock car race held annually at Lowes Motor Speedway (formerly Charlotte Motor Speedway) in Charlotte, North Carolina on Memorial Day weekend. ... Lowes Motor Speedway (formerly Charlotte Motor Speedway) is a superspeedway in Concord, North Carolina, a few miles north of Charlotte. ...


1980s

In 1981 he starting racing in the #15 Bud Moore car. He had a win at Nashville Speedway USA. He won the final race at Texas World Speedway. His received his final tenth place points finish by finishing tenth. Little Bud Moore was born in Charleston, South Carolina on December 7th, 1941. ... Music City Motorplex is a NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series racetrack located at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds near downtown Nashville, Tennessee. ... Texas World Speedway was built in 1969 and was one of only seven superspeedways of two miles or greater in the United States, the others being Indianapolis, Daytona, Pocono, Talladega, California, and Michigan. ...


Parsons qualified for the 1982 Winston 500 at Talladega Superspeedway at 200.175 miles per hour (mph), which was the first NASCAR qualification run over 200 mph. He ran the first half of the season for Harry Ranier, and run some of the races between four other teams. At one time, two different NASCAR races were known as the Winston 500: For the race at Talladega Superspeedway from 1971 to 1993 and in 1997, see Aarons 499 For the race at Talladega Superspeedway from 1998 to 2000, see UAW Ford 500 This is a disambiguation page, a... Talladega Superspeedway is a motorsports complex located north of Talladega, Alabama. ...


Parsons raced in about half of the races between 1983 and 1986 for owner Johnny Hayes. Parsons final career victory came at the Coca-Cola 500 at Atlanta. John Joseph Johnny Hayes (April 10, 1886 - August 25, 1965) was an American athlete, winner of the marathon race at the 1908 Summer Olympics. ... At one time, two different NASCAR races were known as the Coca-Cola 500: For the race at Pocono Raceway from 1977 to 1980, see Pennsylvania 500 For the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway from 1981 to 1985, see Golden Corral 500 For the current NASCAR race held at Lowe... Atlanta Motor Speedway is a superspeedway in Hampton, Georgia, USA, 20 miles (32 km) south of Atlanta. ...


He appeared in the 1983 Burt Reynolds movie Stroker Ace. Burt Reynolds in 2005 Burt Reynolds (born Burton Leon Reynolds, Jr. ... Stroker Ace is a 1983 action/comedy movie about a NASCAR driver played by Burt Reynolds. ...


Parsons resumed full-time racing for Hendrick Motorsports in 1987. This season was infamous for a race in which he was told that he could not pit because his pit crew was eating ice cream. (This was ripped off in Days of Thunder) To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Parsons raced for Junie Donlavey in his final NASCAR season in 1988. W.C. Junie Donlavey (born April 8, 1924 in Richmond, Virginia), is a former NASCAR Winston Cup/Nextel Cup car owner with a team based in Richmond. ...


He is also credited for discovering current NASCAR Driver Greg Biffle at a "Gong Show" held in Tucson, Arizona. All told, Biffle has won a Truck Series and Busch Series Championship and is currently driving for Roush Racing on the Nextel Cup circuit. Gregory Jack Biffle (born December 23, 1969 in Vancouver, Washington) is a NASCAR Nextel Cup driver. ... Nickname: The Old Pueblo Location in Pima County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: Country United States State Arizona Counties Pima Mayor Bob Walkup (R) Area    - City 505. ...


Awards and statistics

  • Had 283 top 10 finishes, led at least one lap in 192 races, and finished no lower than fifth in points between 1972 and 1980. [1]

The International Motorsports Hall of Fame is a Hall of Fame dedicated to enshrining those who have contributed the most to auto racing either as a driver, owner, developer or engineer. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... NASCARs 50 Greatest Drivers is a list of NASCAR drivers. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Lowes Motor Speedway (formerly Charlotte Motor Speedway) is a superspeedway in Concord, North Carolina, a few miles north of Charlotte. ... The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America is a Hall of Fame and museum in Novi, Michigan for American motorsports legends. ...

NASCAR announcer

He began announcing as a pit reporter in the 1980s on ESPN and TBS while he was still racing part-time. After permanently retiring from racing in 1988, Parsons became a broadcaster – first on ESPN, and then with NBC and TNT in 2001. He received a ESPN Emmy in 1996, and the ACE Award in 1989. ESPN (an acronym for the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... NBC Sports logo NBC Sports is a division of NBC, responsible for the televising of many sports events on the network. ... Turner Network Television, usually referred to as TNT, is a cable TV network created by media mogul Ted Turner and launched with a showing of his favorite film, Gone with the Wind, on October 3, 1988. ... This article is about the year 2001. ...


Parsons co-hosted coverage of Winston Cup Qualifying on North Carolina radio station WFMX with Mark Garrow in the early 90s. He continues to host a radio program called "Fast Talk with Benny Parsons" on Performance Racing Network (PRN). He also has a podcast available on iTunes, in conjunction with CNN called "The CNN Radio Racing Report with Benny Parsons," who talks about NASCAR with CNNRadio's Michael Jones. http://www.cnnradionet.com/PUBLIC/Home/EnglishHTML/Bios/MichaelJones.html WFMX-FM[1] was a radio station operating in Statesville, North Carolina. ... The Performance Racing Network is a radio network controlled by Speedway Motorsports, Inc. ... The Cable News Network, commonly known as CNN, is a major cable television network founded in 1980 by Ted Turner. ... Michael Jones or Mike Jones can refer to: Colonel Michael Jones (soldier), Roundhead soldier who fought in the Battle of Rathmines outside Dublin in 1649 Michael D. Jones (1822-1898), pioneer of Welsh freedom Michael Niko Jones, New Zealand rugby player Mike Jones, rapper Mike Jones (Jazz musician) Michael Caton...


In 2005, Parsons made a cameo appearance as himself in the movie Herbie: Fully Loaded. In 2006, he again appeared as himself in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Martin Scorsese appears briefly in an uncredited role in this scene from his feature film Taxi Driver. ...


Cancer diagnosis

He began having trouble breathing in the summer of 2006. He was diagnosed with lung cancer. He has since announced that the treatment was successful, and he had a clean bill of health. Recently he had difficulty breathing, and it was said the radiation had damaged his right lung, making it unable to work. Doctors say his body will adjust to his good lung [2] He stopped smoking in 1978. [3] Radiation in physics is the process of emitting energy in the form of waves or particles. ...


Unfortunately his health prevented him from attending a ceremony in November of 2006 where he was to be presented with the Myers Brothers Award, honouring his contributions to racing. On December 26, 2006, Parsons was readmitted to hospital and placed in intensive care because of complications relating to lung cancer[1]. December 26 is the 360th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, 361st in leap years. ... 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On January 9, 2007, it was reported that Parsons is listed in stable but critical condition[2].


References

  1. ^ Parsons in Intensive Care
  2. ^ Parsons in stable but critical condition

External links

Preceded by
Richard Petty
NASCAR Winston Cup Champion
1973
Succeeded by
Richard Petty
Preceded by
Richard Petty
Daytona 500 Winner
1975
Succeeded by
David Pearson

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Benny Parsons - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (777 words)
Benny Parsons (born July 12, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan, currently resides in Ellerbe, North Carolina) is an American NASCAR announcer/analyst on NBC and TNT.
Parsons began his NASCAR career by running one race in 1964 for Holman-Moody with a young Cale Yarborough.
Parsons raced for Junie Donlavey in his final NASCAR season in 1988.
NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Benny Parsons (2849 words)
Benny Parsons (born July 12, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan, currently resides in Ellerbe, NC) is an American NASCAR announcer/analyst on NBC and TNT.
Benny Parsons (born July 12, 1941 in Detroit) was an American motorsports driver in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series (now known as the Nextel Cup Series.
Benny Parsons: Yeah, it probably is, because there again, if you have a long pit stop and you get back in the pack and they have the big crash, you can be in it.
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