Parsons breaks through, Foyt suspended

Sunday, May 1, 1988 – Phil Parsons, younger brother of 1973 NASCAR premier series champion Benny Parsons, scored his first career victory in the series with a win in the Winston 500 at Alabama International Motor Speedway (now Talladega Superspeedway). It was the 111th career start for Parsons, 30. Third-fastest in qualifying, Parsons led 52 laps in the 188-lap race in his No. 55 Oldsmobile, including the final 15. Bobby Allison, Geoff Bodine, Terry Labonte and Ken Schrader completed the top five.

A.J. Foyt, an infrequent NASCAR competitor through the years, was suspended for six months by the sanctioning body and fined $5,000 for “conduct detrimental to the sport.” Foyt was involved in an on-track incident with fellow driver Alan Kulwicki under caution, ignored NASCAR directives, was black flagged and allegedly swerved at officials when coming to pit road and the garage.

NASCAR officials eventually lifted the Foyt suspension, however his fine was increased from $5,000 to $7,500. In addition, he was placed on probation for two races.

Parson’s Talladega victory, which came with car owners Richard and Leo Jackson, was his only win in the premier series although he made 92 more starts through 1997.

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