NASCAR Boss Arrested For Drunk Driving And Controlled Substance Possession

NASCAR, as we all know, started out with booze-runners during prohibition. It’s changed a lot since then, but the man in charge evidently still thinks that drinking and driving go hand in hand.

According to Motorsport.com and TMZ (in the video below), NASCAR’s chairman and CEO Brian France was arrested over the weekend when he ran a stop sign in his Lexus.

He reportedly failed a field sobriety test, with a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit, and to make matters worse, was found in possession of a controlled substance, namely Oxycodone pills, an opiod pain-relief medication classified as a Schedule II narcotic.

France took over in 2003 as chief executive of the stock-car racing series founded by his grandfather. Bill France, Sr, and previously run by his father Bill Jr. Brian worked his way up the ranks over the years, managing a few short tracks before taking over the company’s entertainment division, then joining the board of directors and serving as executive vice-president under his father before taking the helm.

Brian France has been placed on a leave of absence following the arrest, which took place in Sag Harbor, New York, in the swanky Hamptons area on Long Island. In the meantime, his uncle Jim France has taken over as interim chairman and CEO, having served for decades on the board in various capacities, including as president.

NASCAR has taken a hard line when it comes to substance abuse among its drivers, most recently banning Xfinity series driver Spencer Gallagher after he failed a drug test.

  • Mr. EP9

    For some strange reason I’m not surprised at all.

  • charlotteharry57

    Since I’m in the “capital of NASCAR” I feel compelled to comment. This guy has done this before and it’s an embarrassment to the franchise. Hoping that not only does he get needed help, but turns the reins permanently over.

    • Matthew Boyd

      Wow. I didn’t know he’d done it before. He needs help and I agree, needs to be removed from his position. If they set an example in hammering Gallagher, then he should follow suit and show he’s not above the laws and policies of NASCAR either, and resign from his position.

  • Matthew Boyd

    Hopefully this is a wake-up call for France, meaning if he was in a low place, this arrest will hopefully veer him off such a $#itty path. NASCAR isn’t in a good place right now either, so this doesn’t look good. Come to think of it, he’s actually embarrassing his family name and their legacy more than NASCAR itself.

  • Six_Tymes

    meh.

  • Bo Hanan

    Frankly, the brotha looks drunk in the video and picture. LOL!
    “He did it.”

  • umpalumpa

    Welp that’s no good for the brand, which was been in a bad light for years already

  • benT

    pistonbroke

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