Career Chronology: Benny Parsons
- 1964: Benny Parsons started racing for NASCAR with Holman-Moody.
- 1968: Benny Parsons won the ARCA Championship.
- 1969: Benny Parsons won the ARCA Championship for the second time.
- 1973: Won the NASCAR Championship.
- 1975: Won the Daytona 500.
- 1980: Won the Word 600 at Charlotte
- 1984: Final Career Win Coca-Cola 500 at Atlanta
- 1994: Inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
- 2005: Inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
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- His career with NASCAR began in 1964 and he began acquiring many top-ten finishes, but he did not start full circuit until 1970.
- He was the only driver to win the ARCA Championships (twice) in 1968 and 1969, and the NASCAR Championship in 1973.
- He finished all of his races between third and fifth place consistently from the years 1974 to 1980.
- He won the Daytona 500 in 1975, the Word 600 in 1980, and the Coca-Cola 500 in 1988, before finishing his career on a high.
Benjamin “Benny” Parsons was an announcer and analyst for various mainstream channels, such as TBS, ABC, and NBC, but he was most famous as an American NASCAR driver and the 1973 Winston Cup champion. Born in Wilkes County, North Carolina in 1941, he played football in high school, and drove cabs before heading to the race tracks. He was the older brother of Phil Parsons, the driver and car owner, of Phil Parsons Racing. He wound up driving a car for a driver that never showed and caught the bug. His career at NASCAR began in 1964 with the Holman-Moody team, and made three top-ten finishes in 1969. He also won the ARCA Championships in 1968 and 1969.
In the 1970’s, Benny Parsons started the circuit full-time, and acquiring many top-ten and top-five finishes throughout his career. He won the NASCAR Championship in 1973 with only one win, and he took the Daytona 500 in 1975. He was the only person to win both the ARCA and the NASCAR Championships, and he finished between third and fifth consistently from the years 1974 to 1980. He won the Word 600 at Charlotte in 1980, and he went on to race throughout the mid-eighties for owner Johnny Hayes. His final career win was at the Coca-Cola 500 at Atlanta in 1984. In his final season in 1988, he raced the #90 Bulls Eye Ford for a good showing before hanging his helmet. He took to broadcasting afterwards, and remained in the industry until his passing in 2007. He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2005.
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