NASCAR CEO Brian France Charged with DUI and Possession of Oxycodone

Annette Crawford
Августа 10, 2018

It is yet to be seen how France's arrest and subsequent negative publicity will affect a rumoured sale of NASCAR, although the France family has denied that it could sell the organisation.

NASCAR chief executive and chairman Brian France has taken an "indefinite leave of absence" after being charged for driving while intoxicated and criminal drug possession in Long Island, N.Y., Sunday night. The arrest comes at a time NASCAR is desperately trying to stop a slide in popularity.

But, moving forward, France must ask himself if he really wants to be the face of NASCAR anymore. Jim France is the son of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. and the uncle to Brian France.

"We've got to look to our sport's future, what we can change and what we can do next", Busch said. He knows the ins and outs of what's going on to this very minute in the sport, has been around the sport for a long time.

Denny Hamlin, attending Washington Redskins training camp, told reporters Tuesday: "Lesa (France Kennedy) and Jim are going to do a great job".

NASCAR needed 99 races for budding superstar Chase Elliott to finally win his first Cup race and didn't even get a full day to celebrate the milestone.

Brian France took charge during a time the sport was booming in popularity and sponsors were beating down the door to get their logos on a race vehicle.

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Bruton Smith, executive chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc., told The Associated Press that the sport will continue to go forward. France has done nearly nothing publicly, has been practically invisible since that night at last year's awards ceremony and has yet to directly address reports the family is interested in selling at least a portion of NASCAR.

France, 56, was stopped after his 2017 Lexus blew through at a stop sign, CBS News reports. At this point in time, NASCAR needs friends and people that will help. "That being said, it's a great sport and we go forward and we all should be very protective of it and be willing to lend a helping hand".

Smith was a longtime NASCAR adversary during Bill France Jr.'s 31-year reign as chairman.

There was no immediate information on an attorney who could comment on France's behalf. Nobody knows. Brian France has been so inapproachable the last several years, few even know what he does. It's been confusing to watch because Brian France, the one who should be leading the cavalry, has been conspicuously absent.

The 56-year-old, who became chief executive of the stock vehicle racing organisation in 2003, was held overnight and released on Monday morning. He's held the position since 2003 and made radical changes to the racing product that have coincided with a steep decline in NASCAR's attendance and television ratings. Aside from an occasional random call to SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, Brian France has said nearly nothing about NASCAR's woes this season.

"I think NASCAR, owners and drivers need to get on the same page to reverse the trend, and everyone has to share in the responsibility", Sabates said, citing operating costs that have skyrocketed in the last two decades. Sabates also said France deserves to be welcomed back into NASCAR whenever he's ready.

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