Benny Parsons remembered
TNT NASCAR announcer Bill Weber wrote and narrated a tribute to former NASCAR Champion and TNT analyst Benny Parsons who passed away earlier this week after battling lung cancer. The tribute aired Thurs., January 18 during the pre and post game show of TNT’s NBA coverage and will be posted on NASCAR.COM.
Bill Weber’s tribute to Benny Parsons:
“Benny Parsons was big, and so was everything about him. He made it that way. He was a true champion, a winner on the track and off. BP saw life differently than most; his days were always a little sunnier, the gloomy days always a little brighter, the setbacks simply another challenge.
As a racer he was competitive, intense, always a threat and a popular fan favorite. Off the track he was his regular jolly old self. He was as one fellow racer called him, ‘Gentle Ben.’
After a career that included 21 wins, he made the successful transition to broadcasting. In 2001, he joined the TNT race team, bringing with him his passion for the sport and his professionalism for his trade. And while Benny’s goal was to inform and educate, he knew the job requirements also included the ability to entertain. For Benny Parsons, that came naturally. On camera, in the booth, over a glass of red wine at dinner, BP was never afraid to take a playful jab at his friends or laugh at himself. His stories were endless, priceless and now cherished forever.
He came from humble beginnings in the mountains of North Carolina, drove a cab in Detroit and worked his way up the stock car racing ladder to earn its biggest prize, the Series Championship, and to win its greatest race, the Daytona 500.
But after the race, it was always family, fans and friends first, Benny second. Many have lost a friend, a colleague, a role mode, a champion. I’ve lost my golfing buddy and my hero. This week people have been asking how should we remember Benny Parsons? That’s easy, from the size of his heart to the size of his smile, just remember this: BP was big.”