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Raymond Parks taught Big Bill a thing or two

Updated: February 15, 2009, 5:15 PM ET
By Ed Hinton

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Deity strolled gracefully, for age 94, through the paddock here Sunday morning, hardly noticed by the crowd.

If the throngs had had any idea who he was and what he did, they would have mobbed him. Television crews would have waited in line to interview him. Virtually everyone in the infield would have gravitated toward him, and people would have poured out of the grandstands to catch a glimpse of him.

Raymond Parks is the man who made stock car racing.

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