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« on: June 04, 2007, 07:23:05 PM »

Just heard on the broadcast that Bill France Jr passed away at 1pm this afternoon.  i will leave the politcal version of the post for another day...
rest in peace, bill, rest in peace

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« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2007, 07:34:27 PM »

Wow!  I knew he hadn't looked good for a few years, so the cancer must not have been gone.  But it's still a surprise.

That's sad to hear... Sad

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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2007, 07:24:32 AM »

Bill Jr. inherited what Big Bill started and helped turned it into the sport we know it today by way of signing the big-money sponsors and expanding the TV deals.  And as if by some kind of divine coincidence, he died on the same day as the rescheduled Dover race.

God rest his soul, and thank you for shaping NASCAR. Cry
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2007, 12:15:17 PM »

Here's more on his illness from Jayski and AP:

"He died at his Daytona Beach, Fla., home, NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said. France had been in poor health for much of the last decade - he was diagnosed with cancer in 1999. Although he was in remission, the extensive treatments took a toll. He never regained his full strength, often had difficulty breathing and had taken to using a motorized scooter to get around. France was hospitalized at least twice this year but spent his final days resting at home. His last public appearance was Feb. 12 in Daytona Beach, where NASCAR's top names gathered to "Roast and Toast" him at the Bill France Hot Dog Dinner during the Daytona 500 build-up. Even there, especially there, France Jr., who ruled NASCAR with an iron fist, called the shots. His toasters that evening were gently reminded to avoid any harsh roasting. France did not speak during the dinner but received guests from his seat on the banquet floor.(Associated Press)"

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