The last 48 hours for NASCAR nation has been a bit of an up and down for the sport. Chase Elliott broke through to Victory Lane in a hard fought battle with Martin Truex, Jr. at Watkins Glen. Then, the Monday morning after an amazing win, NASCAR CEO and Chairman Brian France made headlines for being arrested the night before. Sag Harbor, Suffolk County, New York police arrested France for suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance. This controlled substance is oxycodone.
The reaction from the NASCAR driving community has been rather mute. The most vocal is journeyman driver Tommy Joe Martins, who has become a bit of a social media sensation. On Twitter he noted that it was “one of the most embarrassing days in the history #NASCAR.” And “The CEO of #NASCAR…A DRIVING SPORT…can’t get arrested for a DUI.” Otherwise, the situation has been rather mute. Brian France has taken a leave of absence and his uncle, Jim France, has taken over as CEO and Chairman during this time.
The reaction among the writing community has been somewhat based on shock and considering the future. A lot are questioning how Brian France, who as Jeff Gluck noted, as no monetary interest in the sport, can continue as the public face of the sport. The fans, well, have been fans. They are beating on France pretty hard for his actions. However, the fans should understand that he is still a human being and has issues to work out. We should be there for him.
The idea of drinking while under the influence is something that NASCAR fans should not give their fans crap for. A lot of people who are NASCAR fans are probably guilty one way or another of said offense. Clint Bowyer, one of the best drivers in NASCAR, admits to partying his brains off with alcohol after winning races. For fans to give him crap for the use of alcohol than choosing to driver. Let it go. Things happen. People will come back from a DUI. Just need to learn not to do it again.
As for the abuse of oxycodone, this is a whole another story. Oxycodone is a drug that helps relieve people from pains that they may be going through. While it is effective for such purposes, oxycodone has a lot of problems related to addiction. It can be easy to get addicted to oxycodone. It is one of the most abused prescription drugs in the United States according to the Addiction Center. No one wants to be addicted to oxycodone. However, sometimes, it happens. The man is human. When you are in a lot of pain, sometimes you cannot think straight.
Hopefully, while he is stepping aside to deal with personal problems, the France family can help Brian and get him on the right track. Brian France, despite not being popular among the fan base, is still a human. If he was a member of your family, you know you would be out to help him. Give him that chance.