Bill France Jr. is named the second president of NASCAR, replacing his father as the head of stock car racing's premier organization. Just 38 years old, France had been the vice president of NASCAR for six years before his appointment, but that didn't stop skeptical observers from questioning whether the smaller, more even-tempered son of NASCAR's famous founder could get the job done. Turns out he could, pushing forward an ambitious agenda that lifted the sport into the national consciousness over his 28 years at the helm.
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