NASCAR Loses Its ‘First Lady’; Betty Jane France Passes Away
Tue, 30/08/16 – 12:35 | No Comment
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The NASCAR world went into mourning Tuesday after it was announced that Betty Jane France had passed away on Monday evening.
France was the mother of NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France and International Speedway Corporation CEO Lesa France Kennedy. She was the wife of Bill France Jr., whose father founded NASCAR.
Betty Jane France was widely known […]

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Community Service Will Be Betty Jane’s Legacy
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The Betty Jane France Award is named after a person who cared. (Photo by Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images)

The Betty Jane France Award is named after a person who cared. (Photo by Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images)

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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Bill and Betty Jane.

That’s the way former NASCAR Chairman and CEO Bill France Jr. and his wife, Betty Jane, were known to everyone in the racing community. Even though it was Bill Jr. who sat in a director’s chair behind the NASCAR hauler every race weekend in the garage, conversing with those who wanted to talk, everyone who knew the sanctioning body’s inner workings knew the couple was bugopiniontrue partners in the operation of NASCAR. Throughout their marriage they supported and advised each other.

The story of their meeting was common knowledge. She was from Winston-Salem, N.C., and a finalist in the Miss NASCAR pageant. William C. France escorted Betty Jane Zachary in that pageant and it was then that she won his heart.

A strong and classy woman, Betty Jane possessed just as much authority as her husband, but in a different arena. She worked with her mother-in-law, also a North Carolina native, in the sport’s financial end while expanding NASCAR’s involvement in civic activities. Read the full story »

Tue, 08/30/16 – 17:13 | No Comment
NASCAR Loses Its ‘First Lady’; Betty Jane France Passes Away
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The NASCAR world went into mourning Tuesday after it was announced that Betty Jane France had passed away on Monday evening.
France was the mother of NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France and International Speedway Corporation CEO Lesa France Kennedy. She was the wife of Bill France Jr., whose father founded NASCAR.
Betty Jane France was widely known […]

Tue, 08/30/16 – 12:35 | No Comment
Corvette Tops Ford At VIR
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Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia drove the No. 3 Corvette Racing Corvette C7.R to the overall victory in the Michelin GT Challenge at Virginia International Raceway on Sunday.
The victory was the third of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season for the team.
Finishing second in GT Le Mans Sunday was Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 66 Ford GT […]

Mon, 08/29/16 – 7:15 | No Comment
Kyle Larson Becomes A Sprint Cup Race Winner
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Kyle Larson has been one of those “drivers to watch” ever since becoming a full-timer in Sprint Cup in 2014. On Sunday, Larson finally made it to Victory Lane as he held off rookie Chase Elliott to win at Michigan International Speedway.
The win was the first for a Chip Ganassi […]

Sun, 08/28/16 – 16:02 | No Comment
Rahal Pulls Out Dramatic Win At ‘The Resumption’
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Three-wide, four-wide and with sparks flying, Graham Rahal won the 20th annual Firestone 600 (The Resumption) Verizon IndyCar Series race Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway after leading the equivalent of two football fields.
Rahal completed a dramatic, last-lap pass of leader James Hinchcliffe to win by a miniscule 0.0080-seconds _ the closest race in Texas […]

Sun, 08/28/16 – 8:19 | No Comment
Moffitt Becomes A Truck Winner
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Brett Moffitt drove around Red Horse Racing teammate Timothy Peters and William Byron on the second corner of the final lap to take the lead and the victory in Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway.
 
The victory was the first in a major NASCAR series for Moffitt, a part-time driver Camping World.
It came […]

Sat, 08/27/16 – 18:44 | No Comment
McDowell Hangs On To Win His First Xfinity Race
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Michael McDowell punted leader Alex Tagliani out of the way with 17 laps to go, survived several late restarts and went on to claim his first Xfinity Series race. It came in overtime at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. on Saturday.
Brendan Gaughan, McDowell’s Richard Childress Racing teammate, hounded McDowell over the final laps but […]

Sat, 08/27/16 – 17:39 | No Comment
‘Vettes Own Qualifying at VIR
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Corvette Racing ruled GT Le Mans qualifying for Sunday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Series race at Virginia Raceway Park on Saturday.
Earning the pole was the No. 3 Corvette C7.R co-driven by Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen. The pole-winning lap was at 1:41.557.
“I’m so happy,” Magnussen, who was at the wheel for the pole-winning lap, said. “It’s […]

Sat, 08/27/16 – 13:07 | No Comment
Tagliani Sprints To Xfinity Series Pole At Road America
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Alex Tagliani won his fourth career NASCAR Xfinity Series pole Friday when he led qualifying for the Road America 180 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
Tagliani, the winner of the Indianapolis 500 pole in 2011, has now earned six poles in 10 career starts in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series.
Friday’s result marked […]

Sat, 08/27/16 – 8:16 | No Comment
Free Agent Newgarden Uncertain About Future
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Relegated to the role of reluctant spectator, Josef Newgarden will meet-and-greet fans attending Saturday night’s Firestone 600 (The Resumption) at Texas Motor Speedway before watching his already slim Verizon IndyCar Series championship hopes fade into the late-summer darkness.
It’s a scenario that has amped-up speculation about Newgarden’s future at Ed Carpenter […]

Sat, 08/27/16 – 8:05 | No Comment
Logano P1 At Michigan
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Joey Logano won the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway on Friday.
It was the Team Penske’s third pole of the season and the 17th of his career. He laid down a best lap of 201.698 mph around the 2-mile track in the three-round qualifying session.
“I was surprised after the first […]

Fri, 08/26/16 – 17:39 | No Comment