Benny Parsons was one of the most personable drivers of his era, and one that was popular among both fans and competitors. Parsons was not only a championship driver, but continued his career in the broadcast booth, bringing his love of NASCAR to a new legion of fans. Here are five reasons Benny Parsons could be a Hall of Famer:
From speedways to airwaves
Parsons continued to gain accolades after his racing career. He joined ESPN as an analyst in 1989 and received a series of awards, including an Emmy, and continued his career on Performance Racing Network.
Taking on the best
Parsons (seen in later times with Ryan Newman) also was invited to compete in the International Race of Champions series in the late 1970s and early '80s. He won a race against the best in motorsports in that realm, as well.
Parsons was a successful driver throughout his NASCAR career, netting more than $4.4 million in purses.
Among the best
Parsons earned 21 career NASCAR Cup wins, which ranks him 29th on the all-time list.
Parsons began his racing career in 1963 at Mt. Clemens Speedway. He went on to win a pair of ARCA championships before joining NASCAR in 1970. He won his first race the following season, and went on to win the 1973 NASCAR Cup championship.