With the late France Jr. honored again, some wish for replacement like him

Bill France Jr. was called a lot of things in a storied life that ended earlier this year. Honored with an award by the National Motor Sports Press Association, the word that kept coming up was "leader," writes Terry Blount.

Updated: November 29, 2007, 9:20 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Jeff Burton believes NASCAR is in good hands overall, but something is missing at the top. For Burton, that something is the late Bill France Jr.

"I think our sport is healthy, but it's in transition," Burton said Thursday. "You don't lose a fatherly figure like Bill without their being an adjustment period. When Bill was involved, he was in control and everyone knew it."

France Jr. was honored Thursday at the annual Myers Brothers awards luncheon. ...

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