Death of Bill France, Jr.

April 4, 1933 - June 4, 2007
Daytona Beach, Florida | Age 74

NASCAR chairman dies in Daytona Beach home
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Bill France Jr., who transformed NASCAR from a small Southern sport into a billion-dollar conglomerate during his 31 years as chairman, died Monday at his Daytona Beach, Fla., home, his family said. He was 74.

France, who was diagnosed with cancer in 1999, had been in poor health for much of the last decade.

A shrewd businessman, France was fiercely protective of his family-owned company. France became chairman in 1972 when he replaced his father, NASCAR founder William Henry...

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