SBD/Issue 169/Sports Industrialists

France, Earnhardt Families Top NASCAR's Most Powerful List

The CHARLOTTE OBSERVER unveiled its annual list of the most powerful people in NASCAR. NASCAR Chair & CEO and ISC Chair BRIAN FRANCE again tops the list, followed by DALE EARNHARDT JR. and JR Motorsports President KELLEY EARNHARDT ELLEDGE sharing the second spot, as the “search for a new ride ... for 2008 and beyond dominates the sport’s attention these days.” View the full list of 43 (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 5/24).

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FIGURE
1)
NASCAR Chair & CEO and ISC Chair Brian France
2)
Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and
JR Motorsports President Kelley Earnhardt Elledge
3)
NASCAR Exec VP and ISC CEO Jim France Jr. and
NASCAR Vice Chair Bill France Jr.
4)
Fox Sports TV Group Chair & CEO David Hill and
Fox Sports President Ed Goren
5)
ISC President Lesa France Kennedy
6)
SMI Chair & CEO Bruton Smith
7)
NASCAR President Mike Helton
8)
ESPN/ABC Sports President George Bodenheimer
9)
NASCAR VP/Corporate Marketing Jim O'Connell and
NASCAR CMO Steve Phelps
10)
Hendrick Motorsports Owner Rick Hendrick
11)
NASCAR Senior VP Digital Entertainment &
Broadcasting President Paul Brooks
12)
NASCAR VP/Licensing Mark Dyer
13)
Sprint Nextel Chair & CEO Gary Forsee and
Sprint Nextel Dir of Nextel Cup Series Marketing Dean Kessel
14)
NASCAR VP/Competition Robin Pemberton and
NASCAR Nextel Cup Dir John Darby
15)
Turner Sports President David Levy
16)
NASCAR VP/Broadcasting & New Media Richard Glover
17)
Richard Childress Racing Owner Richard Childress
18)
Driver Jeff Gordon
19)
Lowe's Motor Speedway President and SMI President & COO Humpy Wheeler
20)
Charlotte-based attorney Stoke Caldwell

 

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