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Betty Jane France, NASCAR Matriarch, Has Died, Daughter Says

NASCAR Executive Vice President Betty Jane France attends the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series awards banquet at the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel on December 3, 2010, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (David Becker/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Wednesday, 31 Aug 2016 06:16 AM

Betty Jane France, the "first lady" of NASCAR and a longtime community leader has died, her daughter said.

Lesa France Kennedy said her mother died Monday evening, The Associated Press reported. A statement from NASCAR on Tuesday did not disclose details of her death, including her age.

France was executive vice president and assistant treasurer of NASCAR and chair of the NASCAR Foundation. France was married to the late Bill France Jr., son of NASCAR founder Bill France. Her son, Brian, is chairman and CEO of NASCAR and France Kennedy is CEO of International Speedway Corp.

France was champion of health care for children, helping establish the "Speediatrics" children's care unit at Halifax Health in Daytona Beach and at Homestead Hospital in Homestead, Florida.

The Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award was created in her honor in 2011.

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