Bill France Jr. is an important
figure in the history of Florida. France grew a sport that was barely televised
and had small prizes into a national craze. "Little Bill” struck a lucrative
deals with CBS Sports in order to televise the Daytona 500 live. This was an
instrumental step in developing the previously regional sport. When Bill France
Jr. became president of NASCAR the points prize was $750,000, France took this
prizes and more than doubled them. Although France was born in Washington D.C.
he moved to Florida at the tender age of two and living near Daytona Beach he
grew fascinated by races. He worked 12 hours a day 7 days a week for 13 months
in order to complete the construction of this track. His father Bill France Sr.
known as "Big Bill” was the founder of NASCAR and his son "Brian France” is
currently the CEO. France enjoyed racing motorcycles and participated in many
races like the Baja 1000. Aside from being a great business man "Little Bill”
was known for caring about the drivers and about the people that built the
cars. I decided to dedicate a garden to "Bill Jr.” because I believe his
contributions to the sport of NASCAR have changed the sport loved by many
Floridians. I picked to plant the garden in Greynolds Park because this park is
home to many biker conferences annually and I believe bikers will enjoy looking
at the beautiful wildflower garden and monument placed in the memory of Bill
France Jr. By: David Stolear
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