NASCAR Champion Benny Parsons - R.I.P. (merged)
Posted 16 January 2007 - 16:21
Posted 16 January 2007 - 16:25
Posted 16 January 2007 - 16:37
Posted 16 January 2007 - 17:29
First Dan Shaver, then Bobby Hamilton, now Benny Parsons. My prayers for their close ones. Race on in peace.
Posted 16 January 2007 - 17:35
Posted 16 January 2007 - 18:06
I'm surprised actually as it appeared he might just be winning his fight from recent posts on YRH, but alas not to be.
RIP. A lovely man.
Posted 16 January 2007 - 18:55
IIRC, didn't he team up with David Hobbs at a Daytona 24 in a BMW?
His championship winning effort was a case for determination and consistency over who is arguably one of the best ever, David Pearson. Pearson, who won 11 events but only ran a limited number of races and lost to BP who ran them all and while winning only one, he finished with an impressive list of top-5s and 10s.
I think his GN Championship was deemed to be the first of the "Modern Era".
His was a warm, wonderful character and he'll be greatly missed.
Posted 17 January 2007 - 01:13
Posted 17 January 2007 - 04:37
Posted 17 January 2007 - 05:47
I liked BP a lot. He was very enjoyable on TV and I actually learned quite a bit from him. He had a way of explaining things like one of those great teachers we had in school. The piece on ESPN back in the 80's; BP's take on the food at the track or something like that was always fun. He was a good man, who entertained a heck of a lot of people and will be dearly missed.
I met him at Atlanta in 2001 and it was good fun talking to him about the past and about road racing. He talked about doing the Daytona 24 hours one year and how much fun he had. It was especially fun seeing all the strange people come up to him with the most random sh*te during our conversation. Some lady knitted him a hat, another one aked if he'd come over for dinner, etc, etc. It shows how hugely popular the guy was. He just smiled and gave everyone there time, which was very respectable. Like someone else said, he was one of the good guys.
R.I.P man, I hope the food is great up there!
Posted 17 January 2007 - 14:31
I softly uttered the above on first opening TNF this morning to see the sad news.
We are certainly the poorer for his passing; richer for the time he spent with us.
Posted 17 January 2007 - 17:33
Posted 17 January 2007 - 17:52
The reason i'm posting is that i've just learned that Benny Parsons has passed away.His enthusiasm and inside knowledge,having been a succesfull Nascar driver,was a major reason for my enjoyment and insight into the series.
He was obviously ill during the course of last season causing him to miss several races but he came back towards the end and seemed to be doing ok.
I'm just gutted and sad that he's no longer with us.............God bless you and your family BP
Posted 18 January 2007 - 00:50
Posted 18 January 2007 - 17:51
He injected fun, wit and common sense into his race commentaries and he is going to be sorely missed by everyone in NASCAR and by millions of race fans worldwide.
So long Benny, when you were on the mic. things were just awesome!
Rest in Peace.
Posted 19 January 2007 - 11:45
But if say, Martin Brundle died they'd hardly move it here. Benny was a current (and brilliant) broadcaster I and most of the younger generation never saw drive.
Posted 19 January 2007 - 15:55
Posted 22 January 2007 - 00:10