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Longtime NASCAR chairman France Jr. dies

Updated: June 6, 2007, 9:53 AM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

Rick Hendrick couldn't remember the year, but he recalled vividly the day he and fellow team owner Larry McClure went to protest to then-NASCAR president Bill France Jr. about having to put their cars through a wind tunnel test.

"McClure was the first one to see him," Hendrick said. "Bill said something like, 'I'll take your … car. I'll take any car I want to take.'

"Then he turned to me and said, 'Now, what do you want?' I said, 'I just came by to speak.'"

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