NASCAR Chairman Arrested for DUI, Drug Possession

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
nascar chairman arrested for dui drug possession

Brian France, NASCAR Chairman/CEO and least photogenic man alive, was arrested for driving under the influence and being in possession of Oxycodone over the weekend. If your illicit substances dictionary hasn’t been updated for a few volumes, Oxycodone is a powerful opioid with a few different brand names that lends itself heavily to addiction and dependence. Meanwhile, “under the influence” still just means drunk.

In charge of NASCAR since 2003, France’s family has been behind the wheel of the sport since its inception in 1948. While we absolutely don’t condone drinking and driving, there is something oddly fitting about the CEO of a sport founded by bootleggers getting slapped with a DUI.

Based on reporting from TMZ Sports, the 56-year-old NASCAR chairman’s Lexus was seen ignoring a stop sign in Sag Harbor, New York around 7:30 on Sunday evening. During the subsequent traffic stop, officers suspected France of being intoxicated and conducted a field sobriety test — which he promptly failed.

France’s blood alcohol level was allegedly twice the legal limit allowable for operating a motor vehicle, resulting in his arrest and booking for DUI and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree.

While available via a prescription for chronic pain, Oxycodone can also be taken recreationally as a pill, crushed up and snorted, or even injected if you’re okay with your life becoming a complete mess. It’s unclear whether or not France had a doctor’s note for the medication but, based upon the charges, that seems unlikely. Either way, it pairs extremely poorly with alcohol and would send your motor functions straight into the toilet — assuming you managed to stay conscious.

The CEO was released from police custody early Monday morning, following his his arraignment. NASCAR has said it is aware of the situation and will issue a statement after it has gathered the facts.

[Image: NASCAR]

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  • Scott25 Scott25 on Aug 07, 2018

    Hopefully this accelerates either the sale of or complete revamp of NASCAR’s structure. Literally every factor you can blame on the decline of NASCAR happened either because of Brian France or on his watch.

  • Duncanator Duncanator on Aug 07, 2018

    "NASCAR Chairman/CEO and least photogenic man alive..." Um, nope. Google search Raiders owner Mark Davis. Way worse than this guy.

  • FreedMike It's not cheap, but 45 grand for a car with this kind of performance, equipment level and practicality isn't a bad deal at all. @Tim - I think you have the wrong transmission listed in the box above. The DSG is a seven-speed, not a six-speed.
  • FreedMike During my second year of college, I took my first French class, where I discovered that if you remove the "e" from "Citroen," you get the French word for "lemon." My family had a Citroen - an SM, no less. Completely appropriate. Nice logo or not, Stellantis is going to have an uphill battle reintroducing this brand - or any French brand, for that matter.
  • IBx1 It works better as an oval than a circle as it appears in the headline photo, but I generally dislike the 2D logos everyone in the industry is adopting and think badge looked great since '09.
  • Pbxtech I like it, but it's not an improvement. Lateral move at best.
  • Cprescott It is not a disaster like the 2024 Ford Mustake.
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