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Breaking Down Brian France’s First Decade as NASCAR’s CEO

Brian France's 10th anniversary as NASCAR's Chairman and CEO came and went last month. And in typical France fashion, the milestone was marked with subdued notoriety and little fanfare. Brian's father, Bill France Jr., yielded the keys to the sanctioning body and the sport to his only son in 2003 when the elder France became ill. The man known as "Little Bill" passed away in 2007. Even before he began his current tenure as NASCAR's leader, Brian France played a pivotal role in developing the sport into what it is today, including devising the Chase for the Sprint Cup format, overseeing the succession of R.J. Reynolds' sponsorship with the Winston Cup to the Nextel Cup and then the Sprint Cup and laying the groundwork for several national TV...

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