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Door-To-Door: Parsons took time to say hello

Benny Parsons had many great qualities, but one of the best was that he always took time to meet and greet people. What should the new era be called? Does Martin Truex Jr. need a nickname? Find out when Marty Smith goes Door-To-Door.

Updated: January 17, 2007, 6:03 PM ET
By Marty Smith | ESPN.com

Know what was so cool about Benny Parsons? He didn't take it all too seriously.

He loved NASCAR racing, respected it to the utmost degree, held it dear. Very dear. But at the end of the day it was fast cars driving in circles. Granted, those fast cars make people happy. And he realized that, too -- knew it was an avenue to joy for millions of people.

And that's what BP was all about. The people.

He understood what many of us enveloped by this sport understand ...

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