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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