Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Checkered Flag

Benny Parsons crossed the finish line yesterday, died from complications of lung cancer.

Winston Cup Champion in 1973, he was one of my personal champions for many years. He drove hard and fast and he never, ever put his bumper on another car. If he could not pass with speed and skill then he would be content to follow for the moment. When he worked as an announcer he talked about the racing, not about himself. He took great joy in discovering new drivers and advancing their careers. He was a great ambassador for the sport of stock car racing.

He was a gentleman in the southern tradition, a person of gentleness and strength. I am saddened by his passing and will miss him greatly.

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