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Respect legends: Show Parsons love
He cares a lot about our sport and the people in it, and we need to focus on supporting him like we've supported Bobby Hamilton and anyone else who faces this battle. We need to pray for him and give him moral support during this time because this disease affects people mentally as well as physically when you realize that you're fighting something that's relentless. Those are the cold, hard facts of what we're looking at now. If the shoe were on the other foot, Parsons would be showing a huge amount of compassion toward a cancer victim. That's the kind of heart that Benny has got, and that's most important to me. We need to appreciate veterans like Parsons, Ned Jarrett, Darrell Waltrip, Bobby Allison and Cale Yarborough who still love racing. In the right race car, if they believe they can run with the likes of Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon, we should never take that opportunity away from them. They've earned the respect of the fans and the right to have that feeling. They've also earned the right to be remembered for what they've done. Not for what they're trying to do, but for what they've done. I'll never go on record again saying that Darrell Waltrip is running his last race because that son of a gun loves racing. Like DW, I don't want people telling me that I can't do something because I'm too old, especially if my mind tells me I can and my heart wants to do it. While I might not be able to compete at the level I'm used to, don't steal the enjoyment that I derive from racing. Clearly, Arnold Palmer can't hit the ball as far or make 60-foot putts like Tiger Woods. But do you think he has any less love for that game than Tiger?
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