Helton: France Doing Well

DARLINGTON, S.C. – NASCAR president Mike Helton updated the Winston Cup drivers and crew chiefs about former president Bill France Jr. during the Sunday morning drivers meeting at Darlington Raceway before the Southern 500.

France was admitted to an undisclosed hospital after a fall Tuesday. He broke his hip in the fall, and while in the hospital discovered he needed heart bypass surgery. That was done Wednesday, and then France had surgery on his hip Saturday morning.

Helton joked that France was asking about the weather in Darlington.

“Surgery was successful (Saturday),” NASCAR spokesman Jim Hunter said. “He is resting comfortably. The doctors are extremely pleased with the results of both the by-pass surgery and the hip surgery. Bill is on his way to a full recovery.”

France is currently the chairman and chief executive officer of International Speedway Corp., the company that owns Daytona International Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway and eight other race tracks.

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