Mark Martin on Benny Parsons

"Benny has been a friend to me for over 30 years. He was a friend to me behind the scenes, as well as a neighbor. He gave advice to me 30 years ago about a NASCAR career and he was a great friend to me ever since then. It's a big loss to NASCAR.

I can remember last fall him calling me, and the excitement in his voice, telling me he was cancer free. I think that makes it so much more disappointing to all of us, because we thought he was in the clear. He wasn't just a great driver and a great champion and a great TV personality, but he was a great person and a really fun person to be around, and he will be missed."

-credit: ginn racing