Benny Parsons (July 12 1941 â€“ January 16 2007) was an American NASCAR driver, and later an announcer/analyst on TBS, ESPN, NBC and TNT. He became famous as the 1973 NASCAR Winston Cup (now NEXTEL Cup) champion.
He was nicknamed BP and The Professor, the latter in part because of his popular remarks and relaxed demeanor.
Parsons spent his childhood years in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and played football for Millers Creek High School (now known as West Wilkes High School) in Wilkes County. Following high school, he moved to Detroit, Michigan where his father operated a taxicab company. Parsons worked at a gas station and drove cabs in Detroit before beginning his racing career. While working at the gas station one day, a couple of customers towing a race car invited him to a local race track. The driver of the car never showed up for that evening's race, and Parsons drove the car in a race for the first time later that night.
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is a 2006 American comedy film about NASCAR racing. The film is directed by Adam McKay, who co-wrote the film with actor and former Saturday Night Live cast member Will Ferrell. The film stars Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Michael Clarke Duncan, Amy Adams, Sacha Baron Cohen and Leslie Bibb. Various Saturday Night Live alumni also make appearances.
The film was primarily shot in North Carolina including Charlotte, Huntersville, Cornelius, Cabarrus and Gaston counties. Additional filming was done at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. Racetrack scenes at Texas Motor Speedway were shot at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, using a Chevy El Camino outfitted with camera mounts on all four corners of the car.
Talladega Nights tells the story of a NASCAR stock car racing sensation Ricky Bobby (Ferrell) whose "win at all costs" approach has made him a national hero. He and his loyal racing partner and childhood friend Cal Naughton, Jr...., http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0415306