North Carolina Motorsports honors Bill France Jr

"An Evening with Bill France Jr." Scheduled for Oct. 21 CORNELIUS, N.C. (Aug. 6) --The North Carolina Motorsports Association announced today that Bill France Jr., who served for many years as NASCAR's president, will be honored in "An ...

"An Evening with Bill France Jr." Scheduled for Oct. 21

CORNELIUS, N.C. (Aug. 6) --The North Carolina Motorsports Association announced today that Bill France Jr., who served for many years as NASCAR's president, will be honored in "An Evening with Bill France Jr." Oct. 21 in Charlotte.

"The NCMA has developed this event to honor a man that truly put NASCAR and stock car racing on the map," said NCMA Chairman Richard Petty. "Without Bill Jr., many of us wouldn't be doing what we are doing today."

Wachovia Corporation will serve as presenting sponsor of the gala invitation-only event, in which guests will dine and pay tribute to one of racing's most influential figures.

"Bill France Jr. built NASCAR to its present stature because he formed good relationships with people who have stood behind him and helped make the sport what it is," said Ken Thompson, Wachovia's chairman, president and CEO. "Wachovia Corporation can certainly appreciate that way of doing business, which is why we are proud to present 'An Evening with Bill France Jr.'"

Dr. Jerry Punch will be the emcee for the evening and will introduce speakers to share memories about France. The proceeds from the evening will go to Victory Junction Gang Camp and the North Carolina Motorsports Foundation.

"Seeing the smiles on the children's faces at the camp makes all the hard work worthwhile," said Brian Collier, executive director of Victory Junction Gang Camp. "We have truly been blessed with an outpouring of support and donations, and 'An Evening with Bill France Jr.' will be no exception."

France's father, Bill France Sr., handed the NASCAR presidency to the younger France in 1972. During Bill Jr.'s reign as president, the sport advanced from a regional pastime to a national phenomenon. France helped usher national television coverage and major sponsorship into the sport, making it the second most-watched sport on television.

"'An Evening with Bill France Jr.' will serve as a fitting tribute to a man who has dedicated his life to racing, while taking his family business to previously unimaginable plateaus," said Rick Hendrick, vice chairman of the NCMA.

About Victory Junction Gang Camp
The Victory Junction Gang Camp enriches the lives of children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses by creating camping experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun, empowering, physically safe and medically sound. Victory Junction is an independent not-for-profit organization that is part of the Hole in the Wall Gang family of camps. Actor Paul Newman and Kyle and Pattie Petty are the founders of Victory Junction, which was created in honor of the late Adam Petty, Kyle and Pattie's son. In July 2002, NASCAR named Victory Junction as a Proud Charity of NASCAR and pledged their support through a comprehensive media campaign. In addition, many of the teams, owners, drivers and track owners support the camp with individual contributions. The camp serves children ages 7-15 with the following diseases and conditions: arthritis, asthma, burn survivors, cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, gastrointestinal disease, heart disease, hemophilia, immunology deficiencies/HIV, kidney disease, liver disease, neurological disease, sickle cell disease, skin disease and spina bifida.

About the North Carolina Motorsports Association
The North Carolina Motorsports Association is a nonprofit corporation designed and structured to be an effective representative and proponent of and for the motorsports industry in North Carolina. The NCMA is a trade association of businesses and individuals involved in motor racing in the North Carolina. Further information on the NCMA can be accessed via the organization's website, located at www.ncmotorsportsassociation.org.

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