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Bill France, Jr. : 1933 - 2007

Thomas Bowles · Wednesday June 6, 2007


All this week, the stock car world mourns the loss of a legend. Bill France, Jr., the second president of NASCAR and the man widely credited with turning the sport into the national phenomenon it is today, has died at the age of 74.

France passed away Monday afternoon in his Daytona Beach, Florida home after an extended battle with cancer. Survived by his wife, Betty Jane, son Brian, daughter Lesa France Kennedy, and younger brother Jim, he leaves behind a legacy unprecedented in national sports. Continuing a family tradition of 58 years and counting, son Brian Z. France hopes to continue his father’s work as chairman of NASCAR’s Board of Directors, a position Bill France, Jr. was forced to vacate in November of 2003 due to failing health. But will he be able to replicate the magic of his father? In the wake of an immeasurable loss, questions arise about how NASCAR’s future will take shape without one of it’s guiding lights.

As the stories pour out about this tragic loss, keep your internet dial tuned right here to the Frontstretch for everything you need to know. Whether it’s an opinion, donation information, funeral times, or straight up news you’re looking for, we have anything you could ever want to know about Bill France, Jr. listed below.

For up-to-date news briefs concerning the death of Bill France, Jr. please go here to read the latest edition of the Frontstretch newsletter.

For NASCAR reactions concerning the death of Bill France, Jr., please click here to see Beth Lunkenheimer’s collection of quotes remembering one of NASCAR’s greatest leaders.

Frontstretch Columns On The Death Of Bill France, Jr.
Bill France: 1 in 2.4 Billion by Vito Pugliese
Wednesday Mirror Driving by the Frontstretch Staff
Top Ten Things You Might Not Know Bill France, Jr. Did For NASCAR by Jeff Meyer
Fanning The Flames : France Was NASCAR’s Guiding Force by Matt Taliaferro
Friday Holding A Pretty Wheel by Amy Henderson
Frontstretch LIVE at the Funeral – Coverage From Mike Lovecchio

Recommended Links To Additional Columns On France’s Death
France Remembered As True Innovator by Lee Spencer,
Master Craftsman : Modern NASCAR A Testament to France, Jr.‘s Work by Frontstretch’s own Tom Bowles,
Fans, Friends Pay Respect To France by Jim Ellis, Associated Press
Wallace Among Many Who Will Miss France
by the Associated Press
In Creating The Modern Era, France Saw Beyond Himself by David Caraviello,
Mattioli: France Brought Out The Hot Dog In Me by Scott Walsh,

For information on funeral services surrounding Bill France, Jr., please read the following information:

Date: Wednesday, June 6th, 5:30 – 9:00 PM EST
Place: Seabreeze United Church
501 North Wild Olive Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL
Open To Public: Yes

Date : Thursday, June 7th, 1:00 EST
Place : Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center
Bethune-Cookman College
640 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard
Daytona Beach, FL
Open To Public: Yes

In lieu of flowers, the France family has asked that donations be made to the following two organizations:

NASCAR Foundation
c/o Bill France, Jr. Memorial Fund
301 South College Street
Suite 3900
Charlotte, NC 28202

For information on donations to the NASCAR Foundation or other NASCAR-related charities, call (704) 348-9680.

Halifax Medical Center Foundation Speediatrics Fund
In Memory of Bill France
P.O. Box 9718
Daytona Beach, FL 32120

For information on Speediatrics donations call (386) 254-4111.

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06/05/2007 12:40 PM

RIP — race in peace! many prayers and condolences to the France and NASCAR family.


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