Debt owed to Parsons for his patience

Benny Parsons showed patience and vitality teaching other broadcasters about the sport he loved. He was also always willing to fill out the pool, writes Kenny Mayne.

Updated: January 17, 2007, 12:08 PM ET
By Kenny Mayne | ESPN.com

My first Daytona 500 came in February 1996. I was the host of "RPM 2Night," a position I'd earned by telling the bosses I knew absolutely nothing about car racing.

Good thing for me that Benny Parsons was waiting for me in Daytona.

Along with Jerry Punch, Benny schooled me and all the other converts to NASCAR who had traveled south from ESPN headquarters.

When the questions we peppered Benny with became too absurd ("In which direction do they drive?"), Benny ...

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