Community Service Will Be Betty Jane’s Legacy
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
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 true 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 »