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Parsons' passing a major loss for NASCAR, its fans

Benny Parsons was one of NASCAR's greatest drivers. After succumbing to lung cancer at age 65, he'll be remembered as one of the sport's greatest ambassadors, writes Terry Blount.

Updated: January 17, 2007, 9:16 AM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Tuesday's news was almost more than the NASCAR community could bear. Only days after Bobby Hamilton's death, Benny Parsons had passed away at a Charlotte hospital.

Both men were victims of cancer. Both appeared healthy and vibrant only a few months ago.

The media center at Daytona, normally a lively and boisterous place, fell painfully silent when told of Parsons' passing.

Even the garage area was strangely quiet. The only sound was the ...

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