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Has anyone heard from Brian France lately?

By admin | September 12, 2013

 Does anyone know where Brian France is?

By Richard Allen

Has anyone heard from Brian France lately? Anyone?

Before writing this piece, I checked a number of media outlets to verify that France has not been heard from during the course of what is perhaps the most tumultuous week in the sport’s history. A look at NASCAR’s own offered no words from France. A glance through the Twitter feed of Sirius Satellite Radio’s NASCAR channel revealed no “Brian France to join us next” tweets.

There was no mention of Mr. France’s whereabouts on the catch all website.

So, I thought, if the chairman had made any public statement, it surely would have been reported by Jeff Gluck or Nate Ryan of USAToday, but no such story was available. The ever diligent Bob Pockrass of The Sporting News did not have anything on that media outlet’s website from France. Views of the Twitter feeds of the AP’s Jenna Fryer, ESPN’s Marty Smith and Fox’s Tom Jensen brought no news from France.

And to be clear, this is not written as an indictment of these reporters for not seeking France out. In such a time, the head of a major sport should be clearly visible, not in exile.

In the midst of a scandal that threatens NASCAR’s credibility in the most serious manner since he has been at the helm of the sport, Mr. France has been remarkably silent over the last few days. Instead of the Chairman himself, NASCAR President Mike Helton has been the one to hold press conferences and hit the airwaves.

It would seem as if the man whose name(and whose family’s name) is most associated with NASCAR would at least say something during a time when evidence suggests that two teams may have conspired to fix the outcome of a race. And it wasn’t just any race. It was the deciding event leading into the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

After all, it is the Chase that will ultimately decide the success or failure of France’s tenure at the helm of NASCAR. The playoff has been the biggest change to the sport in decades, and it came under the current chairman’s leadership. For it to be tampered with in such an overt way should be something that would warrant an appearance from the man in charge.

Hearing from the president of the organization is certainly essential at a time such as this. But it isn’t Mike Helton whose grandfather founded NASCAR and whose father built the company into a nationally known sports entity.

So where are you, Brian France? What do you think of the deeds done by Michael Waltrip Racing and Penske Racing?

Paging Mr. France. Paging Brian France.


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23 Responses to “Has anyone heard from Brian France lately?”

  1. Leto Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    I keep seeing people liken this to teammates letting one another lead a lap, or something like that.

    Except that this isn’t really comparable. This isn’t just letting your teammate lead a lap and get a point when the two of you are so far out front that it ultimately doesn’t matter.

    This is blatant taking a dive to benefit your teammate (or fellow manufacturer team). This is manipulating the finishing order to not only benefit your team, but other teams as well. This is completely disregarding the spirit of racing competition, being immoral, and basically playing NASCAR like fools.

    I think honestly Brian France might be too embarrassed that NASCAR got played like it did. Hell, the Chase was basically France’s baby, so if it was able to be manipulated that easily, I could see him being too embarrassed to want to do an interview.

  2. Sue Rarick Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Bill Sr and Jr used to go to the races and had a feel for what was going on. Except for the first and last races does he ever show up?

    Until it hits his pocketbook I doubt he even cares what has been going on.

  3. Richard Allen Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    And I don’t mean in a Green Conference with Al Gore, Jr.

  4. Ann Says:
    September 13th, 2013 at 1:24 am

    I am really tired of all this and what the media is making out to be, when they had opportunities over the years the help this sport, but as in an media outlet they became corporate (*whrs) now with Espn leaving we got Jamie Little and her Ponytail who always gave the stupidest and unicorn like questions and first thing off the bat she blindsides Bowyer. Then a second or two later you got the merry band of idiots including (laugh) Ray Everham of all freaking people, throw MWR under the bus…come on. (again no fan of MWR). I really think they got the ball rolling on this. Again, Rich implied with certain words that Penske guilty..guilty of what? Irresponsible. If it isn’t in the rule book and apparently it isn’t because Nascar has allowed business as usual, its not cheating. EVERY TEAM EVERY RACE BENEFITS. As for BF, he has run away because he doesn’t know what to do. All he knows how to do is count his TV revenue money. Drivers are saying what is the big deal (non Hms Jeff lovers of course) and Jr. just admitted to doing things to help out. Come on, the uninformed and morally superior (thinking they are) are getting high and mighty and they don’t even know what they are talking about. Lots of blame to go around here, and I don’t mean not one team, not a one.

  5. Steven Says:
    September 13th, 2013 at 1:59 am

    Maybe he’s busy having a drink or three. He’s a billionaire so why should he be worried. Helton should get a raise though, poor devil.

  6. Bill B Says:
    September 13th, 2013 at 5:49 am

    Maybe he’s with Waldo.

  7. Ken Says:
    September 13th, 2013 at 6:50 am

    As the C.E.O. of the sporting body, he should have been at the race on Saturday night, and within 24-hours, he should have issued some statement about this situation. But, his actions only mirror those of most C.E.O.s. These corporate parasites hide in their cushy boardrooms, shielded from the real world. That is why we constantly here about situations like ENRON and WorldCom, and why the economy tanked. These highly paid and bonused criminals only care about themselves. With France though, his corporation began to crumble a few years ago, and now it is in full self-destruct mode. I guess he has enough money, and doesn’t care. It must be nice!

    But, what I find equally disturbing is that Toyota has said nothing. That makes me go “Hmmmmm”! I wonder who EXACTLY gave the orders to Bowyer. Remember the book called “Arrogance and Accords” about the big Honda scandal (Involving Rick Hendrick)? This could be the sequel, and you might call it, “Stupidity and Camrys, The Downfall of NASCAR”.

  8. Mike Says:
    September 13th, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Brian France’s Lifetime Off, coming soon to a theater near you.

    “France…. France… France?”

  9. sal Says:
    September 13th, 2013 at 7:32 am

    I’m sure you realized that, even if we heard from Mr. France, it would be his usual totally incomprehensible speech, making as much sense as a playoff when all the teams play each other every week. He issues his edicts from on high, then leaves other to deal with his mess. He has no clue that he is killing the golden goose.

  10. Steve Says:
    September 13th, 2013 at 7:41 am

    I had mentioned this a few days ago in another article. Its telling that he is not around. I’m sure he just wants it to just pass like every other time there has been controversy. This one is a little different though. This has to do with the integrity of his sport, and his baby, the Chase.

    My guess is he is loving all the press from this. Its good for business right? He’s too clueless to realize that this could hurt his ahem “sport” big time in the long run. That means his pocketbook.

    I really hope, when he does show up, that someone from the media has the jimmies to ask him where he has been during arguably one of the biggest controversies of his sport because I’m dying to hear his answer.

    At least one good thing came out of it. Its showing people more and more what a farce the Chase is, and can take a good chunk of the blame for why stuff went down on Saturday night. Maybe they will now be smart enough to finally get rid of it.

  11. midasmicah Says:
    September 13th, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Good one Bill B. Brian France doesn’t run anything. nas$car sold it’s soul to the devil when they signed on for those big network contracts. But it would be nice if he would make even a token appearance.

  12. Tony Geinzer Says:
    September 13th, 2013 at 8:11 am

    I want to see Brian “The Family Dog” and JC “Don’t Cry Us No Rivers” France unemployed. In this job, if the Bills where to have been divorced, that would have rose to a Firable Felony. I would like to see Brian France fired, Mike Helton be interim NASCAR CEO and after that, hire someone with real racing experience and NO BULL! (That was a Randy Bernardism.)

  13. Jerseygirl24 Says:
    September 13th, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Brian France is the king of useless ideas and incomprehensible statements. I agree, if he were a CEO that had any value, he should have been there and made a statement, but I’m not surprised he’s not been heard from on this matter or much else. Does he actually go to any races other than the Daytona 500 and Homestead? He’s like an absentee landlord - take the $ and let someone else worry (or not) about how things get done.

    For those folks saying, including Clint Bowyer, that its time to let this go and get back to racing, no, I don’t think so. I’m sure Bowyer & NASCAR would like all the fans in particular to just say, yay, we’re all happy as heck to see the chase start in Chicago, but that’s not really true.

    Has manipulation by both NASCAR & teams been going on for a while? By NASCAR, yes, I absolutely think so. I never liked the whole, I’ll let you lead a lap to get a point if you’ll give it back to me when you’re done - the Roush organization perfected that one. That always bugged me and I thought NASCAR should have told them to stop it, but they didn’t. NASCAR routinely throws random cautions to create excitement with their restarts and that form of manipulation has also impacted the finishes of races. Of course when the sanctioning body does it, no one can say a word or the driver gets penalized - ala Hamlin & Stewart at different times.

    I don’t plan to watch the next 10 races. My guy is out of the chase due to the manipulation by MWR and I simply don’t intend to give NASCAR my time or any ratings points. Plus you have ESPN’s coverage that will ignore anyone who isn’t in the chase. Even the race leader/winner if not among the chosen 12 won’t get much coverage. I’ll probably check in via raceview or twitter, but that’s it for me.

  14. banzaibonnie Says:
    September 13th, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Agree wholly with last two comments. Implied consent is letting people get away with crap, and then suddenly being outraged at it. Nascar should have NEVER stepped into this-there’s no way out. You have to stop stuff when it starts,not after “everyone does it”,and play favorites.

  15. Kurt Fan Forever Says:
    September 13th, 2013 at 10:27 am

    NASCAR died with The Winston sponsorship! Turn of the lights…Big Bri packed his bags and nose shippskipped town!

  16. SV Says:
    September 13th, 2013 at 10:56 am

    He’s in full-on damage control, folks! That means anyone who wants an interview has to submit questions in advance. And using the usual NASCAR apologist, Darrell Waltrip, ain’t gonna work this time. LOL Brian France, ye reap what ya sow. Your crops are failing boy.

  17. mrclause Says:
    September 13th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Maybe Brian is in deep conversation with the orange cone. Anyone uncertain of which one is making the most sense?

    Look, Brian France is pretty much unconcerned about where NASCAR goes. He has distanced himself as far away from it as he can. His Grandfather and Father both lived this thing we call NASCAR, it was who they were. Other than the financial rewards Brian has no interest in it. His personal wealth was listed at $534 million so what real incentive does he have to insure the future of this sport? Very damned little! He inherited NASCAR but really didn’t want it. I see little reason or effect if he was to step down from his quasi leadership position and allow someone with a true interest in it, run it without interference. He could then sit back collect a salary and count his money or go buy a football team and ruin that. The sport has little need for Brian France. Go count your money Brian and give us back our sport.

  18. RC Says:
    September 13th, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Gordon in. WTF. He just needs to run faster. That is in his (Gordon) control. I doubt this type of free-bee would happen to a non hendrick team.

  19. Moe Foe Says:
    September 13th, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    OK, now ya done it! You’ve angered the NASCAR gods and they’re releasing Brian to make our lives more difficult. Penske gets a bolt of lightning, fingers are being wagged at MWR, and Jeffy gets help from the devil.

    It just goes to show ya that, since Brain invented it, Brain can change it. -Now there’s 13 in the chase. Pretty soon, it’ll be like basketball, if you’re in all the races, you’ll be in the finals.

    Participation trophies for all!

  20. Russ Says:
    September 13th, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Figurehead or not this is a time for leadership. That is by the person in charge.
    Perhaps he doesn’t think this is serious, after all MLB did just fine by ignoring PED’s didn’t they.
    But unlike MLB or the NFL, Nascar cannot continue in its current form without the money from corporate sponsors. And you can imagine that it isn’t just 5 Hour Energy and NAPA who are reviewing their association with Nascar.
    Time for clear direction, not marketing speak out of Daytona.

  21. Alfredo Says:
    September 13th, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    It is evident that most of the wheeling & dealing is done at the spotter’s stand. Big dogs and/ or team committe’s should not be allowed in this area. Furthermore, all radio communications to and from every spotter on every channel should be monitored and recorded. Cell phones should also be banned in the spotter’s stand as they are not allowed in the race cars. Eliminate one bonus point for leading a lap, this is not little league. Points are too valuable to be given away; again, eliminate welfare. Wishfull welfare funding (WWF) dimish the sport’s credibility as well as S & P gratuity does.
    While I am on the soap box; if we can monitor the pit road exit and the start/finish line at the end of the race with dedicated cameras, why NASCAR cannot monitor the restarts the same way? The equipment is in place, use it.

  22. Stan Says:
    September 13th, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Do you think, maybe someone could point out to Brian that the previous point system was complicated for a reason? Made it harder to do what MWR did Saturday Night. Don’t even need your toes to do it now.

  23. bob Says:
    September 13th, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    I am glad that the idiot prince brian &his chief toad have decided to include cry baby jeffy into the chase, now they can cash their paychecks from their boss hendrick with a clear conscience