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356 Bill France Jr.

Posted By David Stolear, Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Bill France Jr. More Than Just a Race Promoter

at Greynolds park 17530 W Dixie Hwy, North Miami Beach, FL 33160

 

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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