Bill France Jr, former Nascar boss and scion to stock-car racing's pappy in chief, died at 74 after a long battle with cancer, officials said today. France, once a motorcycle racer who competed in the Baja 1000, started his Nascar career pulling trees out of the Florida swampland that would become the Daytona International Speedway. He ended it nearly five decades later by negotiating a multibillion-dollar TV deal with FOX, NBC and Turner Sports. Say what you will about Nascar's left-turning tedium, ol' Bill was as well versed in media as he was in racin'.
Bill France Jr. dies at 74 [Nascar]