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France Focused On Improving NASCAR Product, Could Place More Emphasis On Winning
Published December 6, 2013
ATTRACTIVE ASSET: France said that the timing in NASCAR's purchase of Iowa Speedway "was right after the track went through several management and ownership changes." He said that the Iowa purchase "did not set a precedent." France: "It's an attractive asset in a region of the country that is very NASCAR centric, and they run multiple events for multiple series, they've had a lot of success" (Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL, 12/6).
TAKING A STAND: France also addressed the Michael Waltrip Racing manipulation scandal at Richmond Int'l Raceway and said, "I was very angry about it. I also knew ... if we dealt with it, if we dealt with it really straight on, that we wouldn't have a long-term blemish." He added, “It does test you a little bit. In every sport sometime in the cycle -- hopefully it’s very rare -- has a moment where these things happen. I like what our group did. In six days, investigate three different situations, rule on them, rewrite entire important rules.” France: "Our first priority was to deal swiftly, not let something linger into the Chase or get confused with that. The second was try to do the right thing, even if it wasn’t going to be the most popular thing. And the third thing that I found out in these kind of situations is trying to explain a solution in a very complicated set of circumstances is probably the hardest thing to do. But looking back, I wouldn’t change anything, and I’m not one of these guys that walks around and never says that. ... I knew that our credibility would be preserved if we did the right thing and we acted swiftly, and over time" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 12/6).