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January 15, 2006 | 7:51 P.M. EST
Current television commentator Benny Parsons took advantage of David Pearson's misfortune in the 1975 edition of "The Great American Race" to score the win.
Parsons, who drove taxicabs in Detroit before becoming a full-time professional racecar driver, started 32nd in the 1975 edition of the race in a car that did not carry factory support.
But that didn't stop the former ARCA Series champion from making his way to the front of the field. As he ran in the head of the pack, fate stepped in to help him win the race.
Leader Pearson got clipped by Cale Yarborough with only two laps to go, knocking the "Silver Fox" out of the race. That paved the way for Parsons, with a push from Richard Petty, to drive by the melee and pick up only his third career NASCAR Cup win.
"I don't really know what happened to David," Parsons said. "I know he got hung up on those two cars on the front straight and couldn't get past them.
"As to whether I could have taken David anyway, well, I would have had one of the toughest guys in NASCAR to beat," Parsons said. "But don't forget that I had another tough guy, Petty, helping me, so there's no telling what would have happened at the end."