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Bill France Jr.: The Man Who Made NASCAR

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Full Name: William Clifton France
Born: 4 April 1933
Died: 4 June 2007
Biography: Bill France Jr.: The Man Who Made NASCAR (H.A. Branham, 2010)

Son of NASCAR founder Bill France, longtime president of the organization, and father of Brian France.


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William Clifton "Bill" France (April 4, 1933 – June 4, 2007), nicknamed, "Bill France, Jr." or "Little Bill", was an American motorsports executive who served from 1972 to 2000 as the chief executive officer (CEO) of NASCAR, the sanctioning body of the US-based stock car racing. He succeeded his father, NASCAR founder Bill France, Sr., as its CEO. His son, Brian France, has been CEO since 2003.

Early Life

France was born in Washington, D.C., to Anne Bledsoe and William Henry Getty France. His family moved to Daytona Beach, Florida in 1935 to escape the Great Depression. He attended Seabreeze High School before attending the University of Florida. He served for two years in the United States Navy before turning to a career in racing.

France grew up helping at race tracks; he sold concessions and helped park cars at the Daytona Beach Road Course. He worked twelve hours per day, seven days a week for thirteen months with the construction of Daytona International Speedway, where he drove a compactor, bulldozer, and grader. He once tried using a mule to pull trees out of the swamp because motorized equipment was getting stuck.

He rode off road motorcycles, and began competing in enduros in the 1960s. France entered the Baja 1000 in the motorcycle division in the early 1970s. He gave the up-and-coming sport of motocross a chance at Daytona in the early 1970s. The motocross races started with little fanfare, but grew into the popular Daytona Supercross. The supercross inspired the Daytona Beach Bike Week.

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2010 BookBill France Jr.: The Man Who Made NASCAR by H.A. Branham, Triumph
19 June 2003NASCAR Media ConferenceTim Donahue
Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Brian France
Bill France
15 September 2003NASCAR Media ConferenceBrian France
Bill France
June 6, 2007Commentary on Bill France Jr, Rest in PeaceJeremy Sellers

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