17 January 2007

Benny Parsons


Benny Parsons, a former NASCAR champion and Daytona 500 winner who gained an even wider following as a cheerful stock car racing broadcaster, died Tuesday of complications from lung cancer. He was 65.

Please go read.

My favorite BP moment was while he was announcing a road race at Sonoma several years back. There was an Australian driver they had rigged up with an in-car camera and microphone. The guy was chatting away when he rolled the car at speed, and said, understandably enough, "Oh, FUUUUCK!", which went out over the air. Benny's co-announcer asked, "What'd he say?" and Benny replied, "I don't know. I don't speak Australian."

He was a big favorite of mine. So long, BP.

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