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NASCAR Loses Its ‘First Lady’; Betty Jane France Passes Away

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Tuesday, August 30 2016
Betty Jane France, the mother of Lesa France Kennedy and Brian France, passed away on Monday. (Photo courtesy of NASCAR)

Betty Jane France, the mother of Lesa France Kennedy and Brian France, passed away on Monday. (Photo courtesy of NASCAR)

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 as The First Lady of NASCAR and was executive vice president and assistant treasurer of NASCAR and the chairwoman emeritus of the NASCAR Foundation.

“Last night, the NASCAR family lost a mother, a grandmother, a friend and the light that guided the sport’s charitable arm,” said Brian France. “My mother taught us incredible values, that of love, patience, compassion and joy. She embraced life every day, and nothing fueled her passion more than children. Her unmatched efforts in building The NASCAR Foundation improved the lives of millions of children throughout this country. And because of that, her legacy will live forever.

“My father leaned on my mother throughout his life, relying on her wisdom and calming demeanor to help grow the sport of NASCAR. She was there, every step of the way. When we lost my father, her positive presence remained, as she used her immense skill to grow NASCAR’s heart and soul, The NASCAR Foundation.

“Our family thanks you for all of your thoughts, prayers and well wishes. My mother was a special woman, and an impressive person, and she will be dearly missed.

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Tuesday, August 30 2016
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