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NASCAR CEO France fights to keep divorce private

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EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The head of the closely held company that stages NASCAR races is fighting to keep the public out of hearings and documents related to a battle with his ex-wife over their high-dollar divorce settlement.

North Carolina's Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday from an attorney for NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France about why the judges should close court proceedings that are generally open to the public.

France's request for secrecy involves a dispute over whether the woman he married and divorced twice violated confidentiality and other provisions of their 2008 divorce. Megan France's attorneys say her ex-husband's lawyers reported in open court that the confidential agreement included her receiving $9 million, alimony of $32,000 a month for 10 years and $10,000 a month in child support.

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