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Brian France Takes Leave Of Absence Following DUI, Drug Possession Charges

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Andrew Wong | 10 August, 2018, 09:38

The NASCAR chairman followed his wife toward the stairs at the front of the stage so the couple could rejoin their table in the audience at last year's award ceremony.

Both reports cited unidentified sources, and France referred to them as 'rumors'.

There was no immediate information on an attorney who could comment on France's behalf. As France quickly exited the stage, Truex was unable to mask his amusement.

NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France is taking an indefinite leave of absence after being arrested in the upmarket Hamptons region of NY on charges of drunken driving and criminal possession of oxycodone. While France is a Long Island resident in the summer, he was not at the track in upstate NY prior to his arrest.

On Sunday evening, France was reportedly pulled over in Sag Harbor, New York after running through a stop sign.

He spent the night in jail and announced his leave from NASCAR about eight hours later.

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He will now be replaced by his uncle and NASCAR vice chairman Jim France, who was crucial to NASCAR's purchase of ARCA earlier this year, which unified the major organisations responsible for stock auto racing in America.

France has been CEO of the family-founded racing organization since 2003.

France said in a statement Monday that his indefinite leave will be used to focus on his "personal affairs". Effective immediately, NASCAR Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President Jim France has assumed the role of interim chairman and chief executive officer.

So what happens next?

Brian France has retreated from the spotlight the last two years as NASCAR has struggled with attendance and television rankings. He's in charge of day-to-day NASCAR, but he's got a layer of frontmen putting out all the fires and answering all the critics.

Jim France, 73, is the younger brother of Bill France, Jr. and has worked for the company throughout his life.

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Brian France was previously charged with reckless driving back in 2005, when he was fined and ordered to complete an aggressive-driver program. 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. Really, what else was he going to do? Sabates was a close friend of the late Bill France Jr. and has known his son, Brian, for more than three decades.

The sport was booming in popularity when Brian France replaced his father in 2003, and although many of his initiatives were progressive and needed in some form, staunch fans have vehemently rejected his vision.

A mugshot of France was tweeted by Aaron Katersky of ABC News.

That can't be a fun way to transition into an important job. "I'm confident in the leadership of NASCAR". But for so long, all that was accepted as France's inability to climb out from his father's shadow.

France avoided any charges for the 2006 incident. He also failed a field sobriety test. Mayfield has not raced in NASCAR since 2009.

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