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Benny Parsons
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    (July 12, 1941-January 16, 2007)
    Born in Wilkes County, North Carolina
    ARCA Champion (1968, 1969)
    NASCAR Winston Cup Champion (1973)
    Daytona 500 Winner (1975)
    21 Career Winston Cup Victories (1964-1988)
    International Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductee (1994)
    Won an Emmy for his work as a broadcaster for ESPN (1996)
    Named as one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers (1998)
    Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Inductee (2005)
    Worked as a NASCAR broadcaster for ESPN (1989-2000)
    Worked as a NASCAR broadcaster for NBC (2001-2006)
    Died of complications due to lung cancer
    Other drivers nickname him 'Buffet Benny,' because he was overweight.
    He was slowly going bald late in his racing career.
    He appeared as himself in 'Stroker Ace' starring Burt Reynolds
    He didn't win a race in the season after he won his first race.
    He didn't win a race in the season after he won the NASCAR Winston Cup Championship.
    He won only one race in his NASCAR Winston Cup Championship season.
    He owned a winery.
    He was a very consistent driver finishing in the top 5 in NASCAR Points every year from 1972-1980.
    He finished in the top 10 in over half of his NASCAR starts.
    He was very well-liked as a driver and an announcer because of his knowledge and his warm personality.
    Even after he became a famous driver he listed his occupation as 'taxi driver,' which was his first job on all application forms he filled out.
    He was able to get Jack Roush to hire driver Greg Biffle sight unseen and Biffle ended up being a very successful driver for Roush.

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