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Retired Nascar Driver Benny Parsons has lung cancer

From AP-

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Former NASCAR champion Benny Parsons has been diagnosed with lung cancer and began chemotherapy treatments Wednesday.

Parsons, the 1973 Cup champion and currently a NASCAR commentator on NBC and TNT, was diagnosed two weeks ago after he had trouble breathing.


The 65-year-old Parsons will undergo chemotherapy three days a week for three weeks, and also will receive radiation five days a week. He’s seeing Dr. Steven Limenpani, who treated NASCAR car owner Rick Hendrick during his battle with leukemia in the early 1990s.


Parsons, chosen as one of NASCAR’s 50 greatest drivers in 1998, made 526 starts from 1964 until his 1988 retirement. He won 21 races, including the 1975 Daytona 500, and 20 poles.

He also had 283 top 10 finishes, led at least one lap in 192 races and finished no lower than fifth in the points from 1972 to 1980 while earning more than $4 million.

I remember the 75 Daytona 500. A David Pearson spinout on the back stretch will less than 10 laps left put Benny in the lead. Parsons finished 3rd the next year when another spinout or collission involving Pearson and Richard Petty occured only feet from the finish line. Pearson getting a push got across the line just in time.

Good luck Benny and get well.

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I would just like Benny Parsons to know how much he is loved and admired–he is truly one of the good guys–and that he is being prayed for. We wish for you a full recovery, Benny, and WILL see you back in the booth soon!
Most sincerely,
Larry and Marcia Entzel of Washington state

Posted by Marcia Entzel | August 20, 2006 | 05:31 pm | Permalink

My husband Mike and I wish only the best for Benny. My husband, Mike Fitzpatrick, who worked for Harry Hale Ranier as his pilot during the 70s and 80s, was diagnosed with lung cancer August 2005. He has undergone chemotherapy and radiation and is still plugging along. Please keep a good attitude and know the Lord is looking out for you.

Posted by Dee Fitzpatrick | September 4, 2006 | 08:47 am | Permalink

Dear Mr.Parsons! As a Dr. there is not much more that I can say. Things that have not already been said. However, as a fellow race driver. And a Dr. And a patient with over 14 surgeries. Although not cancer related. Now is not the time to blow smoke up your ” 6 “! Racing drivers, like fellow fighter pilots. Want the truth, so they can evaluate their options for the best outcome Of any situation! If I can be of any asistance. Let me know. If I do not have an answer for you. I will find it! Sincerely: Dr. Jack V. Hormell Jr.

Posted by Dr. Jack V. \\ | January 7, 2007 | 09:59 pm | Permalink

Cancer is out there lirking for most of us. Keep plugging along. JP

Posted by John Paul Francis | October 12, 2007 | 12:38 am | Permalink

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