• Nov 11, 2006

NASCAR's CEO, Brian France, is not unfamiliar with dealing with the superstars of NASCAR and their driving habits, both in public and on the track. This time though, it seems that France may have to spend some time in the infamous NASCAR hauler himself, but on the other side of the desk.

It seems that Mr. France had some issues while piloting his Lexus (how ironic) in the parking lot of a local Daytona Beach restaurant, allegedly striking a parked car and then a tree. A follow-up phone call to the France home relayed that he was drinking a soda when he, "bumped into something." The Daytona Beach police have opened an investigation into the allegation that France may have been given special treatment (read: no sobriety test) because of his celebrity, but the officers on the scene said they didn't smell alcohol on France, nor was there probable cause for making an arrest.

Chief Chitwood (really!) opened the investigation based on a witness who stated that France was, "driving at a very reckless speed" and, "fell over his own feet" as he exited the car. The Chief promised that if Mr. NASCAR was given a break because of this name, someone would be looking for a new job.

[Source: Contra Costa Times via Jalopnik]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      I have to remind everyone, that at the beginning of last season.. during a Nascar Pre Race show on Speed Channel..

      One of the TV Announcers implied...
      You'll never see the poor sportsmanship or bad behavior during a Nascar Event by the drivers like you see in other sports (it wasn't that long after that melee at a basketball game where a player went crazy on a guy who was harrassing his wife).

      So Nascar, who's drivers use their vehicles as Weapons in some cases against other drivers at speeds of 180 mph now has a top figure possibly involved in a DWI.. please.. I don't believe it... after all, the same Nascar TV spokesmen who said you'd never see bad behavior from Nascar drivers also went on to imply that Nascar has a better class of people than other sports.

      I mean come on, they said it on TV so it has to be right, right?

      Screw them all and their Confederate flag waving fans on the infield.
      • 8 Years Ago
      NASCAR will never die because they have their fans eating out of their hands.They have the right formula for entertainment.As for France,well if he drove drunk,and worse he was in a lexus, he should be punished.Kurt Bush got nailed for impaired in Nevada during his last days with Roush.And paid dearly for it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      guys it's no biggy. of course he wasn't drunk or anything...

      it just must have been a right-hand turn.
      something he's not used to.

      somebody was gonna say it eventually
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm sure Toyota will be more than happy to provide Mr. France with another new Lexus.
      • 8 Years Ago
      DIE, NASCAR, WHY WON'T YOU DIE?!?!?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Maybe next year at Daytona or Homestead, Brian France can become an Honorary Deputy just like Kurt Busch gets to be now?
      • 8 Years Ago
      "1. I have to remind everyone, that at the beginning of last season.. during a Nascar Pre Race show on Speed Channel..

      One of the TV Announcers implied...
      You'll never see the poor sportsmanship or bad behavior during a Nascar Event by the drivers like you see in other sports"

      I doubt they said that because last season a top driver was pulled over and then arrested (Kurt Busch) for belligerent behavior. And scott wimmer crashed his car drunk a couple seasons back. I think they meant you won't see bad behavior at the race because everything is controlled by the sponsors. If you do not behave accordingly and promote their products in a positive light, you get no money. Sure, incidents happen but you won't see fist fights in the infield like you used to. Its all about the sponsors so drivers have to behave perfect. Hence, after kurt busch had that run in with the law, his team fired him for the rest of the season.