NASCAR community reacts to Betty Jane France’s death

LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 04: Betty Jane France speaks during the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series awards banquet during the final day of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champions Week on December 4, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for NASCAR)
LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 04: Betty Jane France speaks during the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series awards banquet during the final day of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champions Week on December 4, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Betty Jane France speaks during the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series awards banquet during the final day of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champions Week on December 4, 2009 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Betty Jane France, NASCAR’s executive vice president and assistant treasurer and the chairwoman emeritus of the NASCAR Foundation, passed away Monday night.

The widow of former NASCAR Chairman and CEO William C. France and mother of Brian and Lesa France, Betty Jane left an impact on the sport felt by drivers, owners and fans. Known for her humanitarian efforts and the chairwoman of The NASCAR Foundation, she left a long-lasting impression outside of NASCAR.

Here’s a look at how the NASCAR community reacted to the passing of Betty Jane.

“They say behind every strong man is a very strong woman,” Richard Petty said. “In this case, Betty Jane stood just as tall as Bill Jr. She did just as much as anyone to build the sport and help it grow. The Petty family sends our thoughts to Brian, Lesa and the entire France family at this time.”

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