Kennedy takes daring risks with the NASCAR family business

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (AP) — Ben Kennedy may one day be president of NASCAR.

If that happened, it wouldn’t be a case of nepotism. Yes, he is the great-grandson of the founder of NASCAR, but the 31-year-old graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Sports Management and has spent his entire life learning about the family business.

Once a young boy standing next to his grandfather to Bill France Jr.’s hidden hot dog stand installed inside Daytona International Speedway, Kennedy grew up and eventually had to work at the snack shack. He sold software, parked cars, drove the truck unloading trash from mobile homes, and worked in sign shops.

Kennedy gave it a go as a driver and entered 90 races at the NASCAR National level. He scored a victory in the Bristol Truck Series race in 2016, the year he ran a full season and finished seventh in the standings.

But he is also seen as the future leader of NASCAR, which this year celebrates its 75th season. NASCAR is currently run by his 78-year-old uncle, Chairman Jim France, and his mother, Lisa France Kennedy, Executive Vice President.

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