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April 8, 2010 6:29 PM

Bill France JR.: The man who made NASCAR book review

Author: H.A Branham

Publisher: Triumph Books

This is the latest NASCAR related book by H.A Branham, this time is looks at the life of Bill France Jr. who can easily say after reading the book that he made NASCAR. His previous NASCAR related books include the "The NASCAR Vault" and "The NASCAR Family Album".

The book starts out with his early years in Daytona and you learn about other family members in the whole France family including Bill France Sr. . The book goes on through the building of the Daytona and Talladega tracks. The book also gets into the big deal with RJR in the 70's, the explosion of the sport from 1970 to today, Dale Earnhardt and his death, his struggle with cancer, his death, and more.

Even a few pages of photos are included looking at his life which are nice to look at.

I especially liked the stories section in the book. It includes pieces of submissions sent in from NASCAR drivers, owners, other high up NASCAR employees, and more. Some of them are just funny like the Felix Sabates fishing trip on a Sunday where Bill France Jr. calls in a pit road penalty from 1,000 miles away while watching the Talladega race on Satellite.

I really felt after reading it you got to know more about him. The book never got boring as you learned about his life. If you are a NASCAR fan I would go and get this book, you will not be disappointed. 

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