NASCAR CEO arrested for DUI, oxycodone possession

NASCAR CEO arrested for DUI, oxycodone possession

NASCAR CEO arrested for DUI, oxycodone possession

NASCAR CEO Brian France was reportedly arrested for DWI and possession of oxycodone approximately two hours after Chase Elliott's win on Sunday.

As first reported by TMZ Sports, the 56-year-old was stopped in Sag Harbor, New York, after failing to observe a stop sign at 7:30 p.m. Upon the traffic stop, according to the release, police determined that France was operating the vehicle in an intoxicated condition. France was searched and police found oxycodone pills in his possession, he added. He was taken to Sag Harbor Village Justice Court where he was held overnight and release Monday morning after his arraignment.

France was named in 2003 as the CEO of NASCAR, which was founded by his grandfather, Bill France Sr., in 1948. France announced later Monday he will take a leave of absence as chairman and CEO following the arrest.

Jim France, Brian France's uncle, now serves as chairman of International Speedway Corp., which owns Daytona International Speedway and other tracks.

The company previously called France's arrest a "serious matter". At 9:30 a.m., he was released on his own recognizance.

France last month characterized as "rumors" reports that his family was looking into selling its racing properties.

As of this writing, it is not certain when or if Brian France will return to his current position in NASCAR. There's nothing to report on that. France told Daytona Beach police that he hit the tree when he was taking a drink of a soda.

She said she also watched as France "fell over his own feet" as he got out of his auto.

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