Sports Business Journal names 3 NASCAR Execs to 50 MOST Influential in 2009

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Brian France was ranted #9 in prior year and Rick Hendrick and Jim France made it onto the list for the first time this year

# 16 Brian France * Chairman and CEO * NASCAR
Jim France , Brian’s uncle, might technically own NASCAR, but Brian still runs it. The son of Bill France Jr., Brian oversees the day-to-day operations and the unit chiefs report directly to him. Brian is still the best-positioned France to dictate the direction of the sport, whether through instituting cost containment measures for teams, tweaking the Chase for the Sprint Cup format or setting the overall agenda. And if he decides to wield his influence on an issue, his voice will be heard above all others.


# 36 Rick Hendrick *Owner Hendrick Motorsports
Going beyond the four straight Sprint Cup championships with his driver Jimmie Johnson and his overall dominance of the sport for the last two decades, Rick Hendrick has established himself as the voice of the NASCAR team owner. When other owners, drivers and crew chiefs have a difficult career or personal decision to make, it’s not unusual for them to consult with Hendrick, whose reputation for generosity makes him one of the most respected figures in the sport. Not only has he built the Yankees of NASCAR, Hendrick still has the ears of the people he beats every week. * I suspect this is photo from press conference when he announced the signing of Dale Earnhardt Jr as his new team driver for #88


#45 Jim France *Chairman  * International Speedway Corp.
The brother of former NASCAR chairman Bill France Jr. technically owns the majority of the family-owned business, even though he prefers to keep a behind-the-scenes role. Additionally, Jim France holds a non-executive position as chairman of the board for International Speedway Corp., the France-run track business that nicely complements the NASCAR business. All of that leaves Jim in a position to be the ultimate decision-maker in any situation, but he leaves most of those calls to Brian France in NASCAR and Lesa France Kennedy, ISC’s president, on the track side.

 

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