2017 Headline Surfer Hall of Fame: NASCAR CEO Brian France: Legacy cemented with Jimmie Johnson's record-tying 7th championship

Photos and videos for Headline Surfer / Above, Jimmy Johnson, now a 7-time champion celebrates with NASCAR CEO Brian France. The NASCAR video highlights the Top 3 racing champions: Richard Petty, Dale Earnhart and Jimmie Johnson.
 
HeadlineSurfer.com Hall of Fame Inaugural Class of 2017 Entrant: Brian France, NASCAR CEO
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By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR CEO Brian France may finally get the credit that has eluded him, and to an extent, his older sister, Lesa France Kennedy, in inheriting the leadership reigns of their later father's motorsports empire more than a decade ago.

That's because Brian France's restructuring of how championships are won -- with an emphasis on consistency and a premium on completing races instead of winning one or two and have a bunch of DNFs (did not finish due to crashing far too often.And out of this was born "The Chase." With the traditional 36-week racing scedule (with racing line-ups of 43 cars),the task of winning a chasmpiuonship puts more emphasis on finishing consistently in the top 10.

Here's how it works: The Chase Grid starts with 2,000 points, plus three points for each win earned during the first 26 regular-season races. After the bonus points for wins are added, drivers are ranked in order of the reset points. Forty-three drivers have to generate as many points as possible in the first 26 races, and such as drivers completing more races instead of winning. The way to accomplish being in the hunt late in the season is to avoid crashes along the way -- the dreaded DNF, the acronym for "did not finish."  

That Jimmie Johnson has accomplished an historic feat under this formula especially, means it may may not be duplicated for pehaps a half a century or more. And that is what Brian France can hang his hat on.

That Jimmie Johnson has accomplished an historic feat under this formula especially, means it may may not be duplicated for pehaps a half a century or more. And that is what Brian France can hang his hat on.

The inherited reigns of NASCAR's racing empire from his been slow to come Brian France's way, having been in the shadow of the France patriarcs who came before him, his grandfather, Bill France Sr., the founder of NASCAR and builder of the greatest racing venue in motorsports, even to this day, Daytona International Speedway with its signature race, the Daytona 500. Even Brian France's dad, Bill France Jr., was considered a pioneer, compared to media coverage platforms of today, including the internet.

Bill France Jr. France turned the presidency of NASCAR over to Mike Helton in 2000 after being diagnosed with cancer. He made his son, Brian France the CEO and chairman of NASCAR in 2003. The elder France remained a member of the six-person NASCAR board of directors.

To this day, the France family continues to own NASCAR outright, and has a controlling interest in race track operator International Speedway Corporation. France Jr. continued as chairman of the board of ISC, until his death in 2007. His daughter Lesa France Kennedy is ISC's president.

2017 Headline Surfer Hall of Fame Entrant:
Brian France, NASCAR CEO
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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com for a decade now. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards in print anddigital platforms. Frederick is enrolled at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's three-fourths through the online Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation is in August.