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NASCAR CEO Brian France Arrested for DUI, Oxycodone Possession: Report

NASCAR CEO/Chairman Brian France was arrested Sunday night (Aug. 5) for a DUI and being in possession of oxycodone, TMZ reports.

The reported incident took place in Sag Harbor, N.Y., around 7:30 p.m. ET, when cops say France blew a stop sign while driving a 2017 Lexus.

According to TMZ, cops suspected that France was intoxicated and conducted a field sobriety test on him.  His blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit, and in the search of his car, cops found oxycodone pills in his possession as well.

He was then arrested for a DUI and a possession of a controlled substance.  He spent the night in jail but was released on Monday morning (Aug. 6) after his arraignment.

A press release by the Sag Harbor Village Police Department confirmed many of these details Monday, as published by ESPN.

“Mr. France was observed operating a 2017 Lexus northbound on Main Street failing to stop at a duly posted stop sign,” confirmed the release. “Upon traffic stop, it was determined that Mr. France was operating said vehicle in an intoxicated condition. Upon search of his person, due to a lawful arrest, Mr. France was in possession of oxycodone pills.”

The 56-year-old France has been the CEO of NASCAR since 2003. His grandfather, Bill France Sr., founded NASCAR in 1948, while his father Bill France Jr. was the president of the sport from 1972 until 2000.

NASCAR released a public statement about the arrest shortly after 12:30 p.m. ET.

“We are aware of an incident that occurred last night and are in the process of gathering information,” they said. “We take this as a serious matter and will issue a statement after we have all of the facts.”

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Brandon Hauff
Brandon is a 22-year-old from NY and has been a passionate follower of motorsports for 14 years now. He recently graduated from Molloy College on Long Island with a BA in Communications. Working within NASCAR has been a dream for Brandon for a while, and he hopes to be able to live out the dream in the very near future.

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    will he go through the na$car rehabilitation program?

    another black eye for the sport.

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      Yea he should be held to the same standards and punishments as all other NASCAR members but I won’t be holding my breath waiting for it to happen.

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    Take a look at any photo of him for the last decade and a half and tell me you’re surprised by this arrest…

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    Every time one thinks NASCAR reached a new low, something else is always lurking around the corner.
    As Sag Harbor is on Long Island, obviously Brian wasn’t over in the central part of New York where his product was taking place.
    Didn’t something like this happen years ago in Daytona but it magically disappeared?

    On a separate note, fix the headline. It would be a real story if Bill France was charged with DUI last night.

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      i was thinking the same thing.

      but then i thought that he’ll be pardoned some how.

      he had to spend sunday night in jail. bet he cried.

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        According to the TMZ report, he spent a lot of time impressing them with who he is and who he knows, right on up to POTUS! Wish I could have sold tickets to that show. But stop and think… if we’re very lucky, Lesa and Jim might just be moved to remove his sorry personage from control of NASCAR. This could turn out to be very good news for NASCAR racing.

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    Channeling David Alan Coe’s “You Never Even Called Me by My Name”.

    I was drunk the night Chase got his first victory
    And I went to get some oxy in the rain
    But before I could get back to my luxurious Long Island digs
    I got pulled over & put in chains

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    lawyers will make a bunch of money, a fine will be paid and we move no. Nothing to see here.

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    It was a matter of time until the affluenza disease caught up to him. Maybe he can sell his free Lexus to cover his new legal bills. Hope he can still pay his divorces lawyer.

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    Matt will really have fun with THIS one!

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    If anybody wants to write a book about Brian they could call it “Brian in Blunderland.”

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    Scheudenfraud is a bitch……J Mayfield must be smiling today.

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    A Lexus? What a cheapo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously, a Lexus?

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      Been saying Toyota in na$cars pocket

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        Oh yeah. I should have clarified I made the Toyota connection. Probably a “freebie”. A purported Bill/Millionaire driving around in a lowly Lexus seemed odd, but it really isn’t…a free car from his favorite manufacture! Now if that isn’t a confirmation, I don’t know what is.

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    The next headline should be, “Brian Z. Frances has been suspended indefinitely after violating NASCAR’s Substance Abuse Policy and must complete the Road to Recovery before he can be reinstated.” but I wouldn’t hold my breath. 🙂

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    Has anybody called Jeremy Mayfield. Would love to hear his “I told you so” response

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    Brain Fart never ceases to amaze! He has taken what was once the biggest money maker around and ran it into the ground (does that story sound familiar?). He and Tony George must be really good friends given what each has done to ruin the sport built by their grandfathers.

    Some fixes:

    1. Get rid of Brain Fart
    2. Get the cars back to where they were in the sport’s hey day… get rid of the splitters, get rid of the side skirts, if it’s a Camaro, make the damned thing mirror the street counterpart (and the same with the ford and Toyota).

    BF is killing the sport…

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    Just heard on the news here in Atlanta that brain fart is taking a leave of absence.

    Not like he was ever.completely present!

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      I remember something like this in Daytona Beach, if memory serves the drug of choice at that time was coke. He has always been a screw up. IMO

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    Front Stretch made sure to give credit where these BF reports came from. For years many followers commented on FS about BF sweaty, greasy appearance. Who will be the first Motorsport media to give an editorial showing the hypocrisy of NASCAR in ruining drivers and crews for a lot less. That’s a challenge to you Phil.

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    I looked into a crystal ball and learned that the analyzer wasn’t calibrated properly and the drug turned out to be Aspirin that he would need the mext morning when he woke up with no way to hold his head that didn’t hurt.
    The charges were dropped and he got a settlement so big when he sued that he needed the help of the POTUS (or TCMITWH as I like to call him) to hide it from the IRS.