Phil Parsons

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This article is about the NASCAR driver. For the voice actor, see Phil Parsons (voice actor).
Phil Parsons
PhilParsonsBesideBennyParsons.jpg
Parsons (right) alongside brother Benny
Born (1957-06-21) June 21, 1957 (age 57)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Achievements 1988 Winston 500 Winner
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
203 race(s) run over 13 year(s)
Best finish 9th (1988)
First race 1983 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
Last race 1997 TranSouth Financial 400 (Darlington)
First win 1988 Winston 500 (Talladega)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 40 0
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
285 race(s) run over 17 year(s)
Best finish 5th (1982)
First race 1982 Goody's 300 (Daytona)
Last race 2001 Outback Steakhouse 300 (Kentucky)
First win 1982 Southeastern 150 (Bristol)
Last win 1994 Champion 300 (Charlotte)
Wins Top tens Poles
2 96 6

Phillip "Phil" Parsons (born June 21, 1957, in Detroit, Michigan), is a former NASCAR driver and owner of Phil Parsons Racing. He is also the younger brother of the late 1973 Winston Cup champion and former NBC/TNT commentator Benny Parsons. Years later, he returned to the Busch Series, where he enjoyed modest success. During his racing career, he also embarked on a career as a racing TV commentator, providing color analysis for the Mizlou Television Network. Many of these shows can be seen on TV4U.Com. He is now a commentator for Fox Sports 1's coverage of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He can also be heard as commentator for the DirecTV NASCAR Hot Pass during Sprint Cup races. He was the starter waving the green flag for the 2007 Daytona 500. In 2008, he along with his wife Marcia became part owners of a new Nationwide Series team, MSRP Motorsports.

Beginnings[edit]

Parsons began racing in the Late Model Series and the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series. When the Late Model Series became the Busch Series in 1982, Parsons joined the circuit full-time, driving the #28 Skoal Pontiac for Johnny Hayes. He won his first career race at Bristol Motor Speedway, and led the championship points early in the season. He won the pole in two of the last three races of the season and finished fifth in points. The following season, he competed in a limited schedule, 22 out of 35 races, but won four poles and had twelve top-tens, finishing fifth in the points. That season, he also ran five Winston Cup races with Hayes in the #66, posting two top-ten starts.

Winston Cup[edit]

1985 Jackson Bros. Motorsports #66

In 1984, Hayes and Parsons joined the Cup series and ran twenty-two races, posting three top-8 finishes and wound up 24th in the standings, second behind Rusty Wallace for Rookie of the Year. The same year, his Busch ride was bought by Jack Ingram and he ran five races for him, and had two top-five finishes. In 1985, he ran the full season, splitting time between Jackson Bros. Motorsports and Roger Hamby's car. Despite four top-tens, he failed to finish thirteen races, and wound up twenty-first in points.

In 1986, Parsons ran seventeen races, and had a best finish of fifth at Talladega. He had four more top-tens, but finished twenty-seventh in the final standings. The following season, he got his first full-time Cup job with the Jackson brothers when he signed on to drive their #55 Copenhagen Oldsmobile, garnering seven top-tens and a fourteenth-place points finish. In 1988, Parsons led 52 laps at the Winston 500 and won his only career Cup race. He also had a career-best points finish of ninth that season. The next season however, he only had two top-fives and lost his ride at the end of the season.

He began 1990 driving the #4 Kodak car for Morgan-McClure Motorsports, but was released three races into the season. He ran at Bristol for Jackson in a one-race deal, finishing 25th, and also drove for Phil Barkdoll and Lake Speed. He made his most starts with the fledging Diamond Ridge Motorsports, his best finish with them a 21st at Darlington. He did not run the Cup series in 1991, instead running a handful of Busch races in his own equipment leased from Diamond Ridge. He had two top-tens, including a fourth at Darlington. After beginning 1992 with a tenth-place at the Daytona 500 with Melling Racing, he returned to Busch to run seven races, and had five top-tens.

In 1993, Parsons returned to Cup, running the #41 Manheim Auctions Chevy for Larry Hedrick Motorsports. Despite an eighth-place at North Carolina Speedway, Parsons was released near the end of the season, but ended with a ninth at Atlanta Motor Speedway for Butch Mock Motorsports.

Return to Busch Series[edit]

In 1994, Parsons returned to the Busch Series on a limited schedule for J&J Racing. He won his second and final Busch race at the Champion 300, and finished 25th in points after running just seventeen races. He went back to full-time racing in 1995 in the #99 Luxaire Chevy owned by his wife Marcia, posting nine top-tens and finishing eighth in points. The following season, he switched his car number to #10 with sponsorship from Channellock. He began the season with consecutive third-place finishes but moved down to ninth in points. The next season, he finished in the top-ten in each of the first six races of the season posted a best finish of sixth in points. He also made his final Cup debut that season for SABCO Racing at Darlington, when he replaced Joe Nemechek, who was on bereavement leave (Nemechek's brother John was killed at Homestead the previous week). He finished 31st.

With sponsorship from Dura Lube in 1998, Parsons matched his 1997 points finish. Alltel joined as primary sponsors for 1999, but Parsons failed to qualify for the NAPA 200 and dropped to fifteenth in the standings. At the end of the season, he merged his team with ST Motorsports to drive the #59 Kingsford Chevy, and finished twelfth in points despite just two top-tens. His last start in NASCAR competition came at Kentucky Speedway in 2001. Driving the #97 Curb Agajanian Performance Group car, Parsons started fifth but finished 34th after a wreck late in the race.

Motorsports career results[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

NASCAR[edit]

Winston Cup Series[edit]

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
1983 5 0 0 0 0 15.4 23.8 $23,850 43rd #66 Johnny Hayes Racing
1984 23 0 0 3 0 21.0 19.3 $90,700 24th #66 Johnny Hayes Racing
1985 28 0 0 4 0 20.5 21.9 $104,840 21st #66 Jackson Bros. Motorsports
#17 Hamby Racing
1986 17 0 1 5 0 18.6 20.5 $84,680 27th #66 Jackson Bros. Motorsports
#17 Hamby Racing
1987 29 0 1 7 0 19.4 16.5 $180,261 14th #55 Jackson Bros. Motorsports
1988 29 1 6 15 0 17.0 14.3 $532,043 9th #55 Jackson Bros. Motorsports
1989 29 0 2 3 0 22.4 21.1 $285,012 21st #55 Jackson Bros. Motorsports
#60 Combs Racing
1990 9 0 0 0 0 21.4 26.9 $90,010 39th #4 Morgan-McClure Motorsports
#33 Leo Jackson Motorsports
#72 Barkdoll Motorsports
#29 Diamond Ridge Motorsports
#83 Lake Speed Racing
1992 2 0 0 1 0 26.0 20.0 $58,475 53rd #9 Melling Racing
1993 26 0 0 2 0 27.5 23.0 $293,725 29th #41 Larry Hedrick Motorsports
#75 Butch Mock Motorsports
1994 3 0 0 0 0 32.3 27.3 $21,415 50th #9 Melling Racing
1995 2 0 0 0 0 35.0 41.5 $41,450 60th #19 TriStar Motorsports
1997 1 0 0 0 0 29.0 31.0 $12,845 62nd #42 Team SABCO

Busch Series[edit]

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
1982 29 1 5 18 2 5.1 12.1 $62,839 5th #28 Johnny Hayes Racing
1983 22 0 4 12 4 7.2 11.3 $40,976 15th #28 Johnny Hayes Racing
1984 5 0 2 3 0 5.4 13.6 $25,880 35th #28 Johnny Hayes Racing
1985 2 0 0 0 0 10.5 33.5 $2,428 95th #28 Johnny Hayes Racing
1986 1 0 0 0 0 11.0 16.0 $270 119th #11 Ingram Racing
1989 10 0 4 5 0 16.0 14.9 $30,320 33rd #55 Beverley Racing
1991 6 0 1 2 0 23.8 21.3 $15,650 46th #29 Phil Parsons Racing
1992 7 0 0 5 0 12.6 14.9 $25,789 45th #29 Phil Parsons Racing
1993 9 0 1 3 0 22.1 24.8 $33,378 43rd #29 Phil Parsons Racing
#18 Three Star Motorsports
1994 17 1 1 4 0 18.9 18.8 $89,105 25th #29 Phil Parsons Racing
#64 Shoemaker Racing
#99 J&J Racing
1995 26 0 3 9 0 19.7 16.7 $177,358 8th #99 J&J Racing
1996 26 0 5 6 0 23.7 18.5 $215,023 9th #10 Phil Parsons Racing
1997 30 0 5 12 0 19.0 15.9 $411,026 6th #10 Phil Parsons Racing
1998 31 0 5 9 0 21.9 17.4 $550,352 6th #10 Phil Parsons Racing
1999 31 0 1 6 0 27.2 22.9 $499,790 15th #10 Phil Parsons Racing
2000 32 0 1 2 0 30.9 21.4 $571,425 12th #59 ST Motorsports
2001 1 0 0 0 0 5.0 34.0 $13,880 121st #97 Curb Agajanian Performance Group

24 Hours of Daytona[edit]

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