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NASCAR's Brian France Cops Used Drugs.com ... To ID Oxy pills

8/7/2018 6:07 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Who needs CSI when you have the Internet? 

The cops who arrested NASCAR honcho Brian France found 5 oxycodone pills on him during the bust and used the website Drugs.com to identity them ... this according to court docs obtained by TMZ Sports

The Sag Harbor PD says the pills -- yellow in color, labeled T194 -- came right up on the website ... which touts its "pill identifier" feature on the home page. 

Don't worry, the cops also submitted the pills to the lab for confirmation. 

There's more ... cops say France's blood alcohol level was .19 -- more than twice the legal limit in New York when he was busted at 7:08 PM on Sunday. 

During the arrest, France had slurred speech, glassy eyes and was unsteady on his feet.

France was booked for drunk driving and criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

If convicted on both counts, he faces up to a year in jail and loss of driving privileges for a year. 

France has taken a leave of absence from NASCAR -- and his uncle will fill in while he's away. 

NASCAR's Brian France Taking 'Indefinite Leave of Absence' ... After Arrest

8/6/2018 2:09 PM PDT
Breaking News

Brian France -- CEO and chairman of NASCAR -- says he will be taking an indefinite leave of absence after his DUI and oxycodone arrest. 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... France was busted in the Hamptons on Sunday evening. Cops say he was drunk and illegally in possession of prescription oxycodone pills. 

France -- widely considered one of the most powerful people in pro sports -- has issued a statement apologizing. 

"I apologize to our fans, our industry and my family for the impact of my actions [Sunday] night. Effective immediately, I will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from my position to focus on my personal affairs."

NASCAR says Brian's uncle, Jim France, has "assumed the role of interim chairman and chief executive officer."

Story developing ... 

NASCAR CEO Brian France Busted for DUI & Oxycodone Don't You Know Who I Am?!

8/6/2018 8:39 AM PDT
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9:54 AM PT -- NASCAR has issued a statement to TMZ Sports saying ... "We are aware of an incident that occurred last night and are in the process of gathering information."

"We take this as a serious matter and will issue a statement after we have all of the facts.”

Brian France -- the CEO and Chairman of NASCAR -- was arrested for DUI on Sunday evening in The Hamptons and cops say he was also in possession of oxycodone .. TMZ Sports has learned. 

The 56-year-old -- one of the most powerful people in professional sports -- was initially stopped in Sag Harbor, NY while driving a 2017 Lexus. Cops say he blew through a stop sign at 7:30 PM. 

During the stop, we're told officers suspected France was intoxicated and conducted a field sobriety test ... which France bombed. 

We're told France's blood alcohol level was more than TWICE the legal limit. Cops say during the stop, they found oxycodone pills during a search of his person. 

France was arrested and hauled to a nearby station where he was booked for DUI and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree. France spent the night in jail and was released Monday morning after his arraignment. 

And sources tell us ... during the process, France was name-dropping all of the powerful people he knew and even mentioned his relationship with President Donald Trump

The France family is racing royalty -- Brian's grandfather Bill France Sr. (aka Big Bill) founded NASCAR back in 1948 and ran the organization. Brian's father took over the role from 1972 to 2000. 

Brian has been CEO since 2003. 

Sag Harbor is one of the most exclusive communities in the Hamptons -- where stars like Billy Joel have homes. 

And, as one local puts it, "It's so stupid to drive drunk in the Hamptons. They have police checkpoints everywhere and police are always looking for drunk drivers."

Story developing ...  

Racing Star Josef Newgarden Praises Danica Patrick ... With Super Hot Girlfriend

7/19/2018 3:47 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Here's racing star Josef Newgarden giving Danica Patrick's racing career the respect it deserves ... praising Danica as a trailblazer, who opened the door up for generations of women racers.

All while standing next to his solar hot girlfriend.

First things first ... we got Newgarden -- the 2017 IndyCar series champ -- and asked what Patrick's legacy to the sport would be, and he couldn't have been more gracious.

"Danica's been great for our sport, I think to me someone who was a leader for not just female race car drivers, but female engineers and female fans of the sport."

Second things second ... Josef did all this praising while standing next to his GF, Ashley Welch, and we gotta say GOOD LORD she's fine.

God speed, Josef ... if you never win again you already have a trophy.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Crashed My Jeep While Being a Good Samaritan

6/27/2018 12:49 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Doing a nice thing doesn't ALWAYS pay off ... just ask Dale Earnhardt Jr., who says he crashed his Jeep while helping a guy who got stuck in the snow. 

We got the NASCAR legend out in NYC and wanted to know if world-class drivers like him ever get into fender benders in the real world. 

"I ran into a pine tree with my Jeep in the wintertime," Dale says ... "going through the snow."

And, how the hell did that happen? 

"I just pulled a guy out of a ditch and drove him down the road about 2 miles ... and then I hit a tree."

There's more to the story ... it involves Dale having a heavy foot on the accelerator.

Nascar Star Chase Elliott Judging Hooters Competition Harder Than Racing Cars

5/26/2018 12:45 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chase Elliott's day job is driving a race car 200 freakin' MPH ... but he tells TMZ Sports that ain't nothin' compared to his gig this weekend ... judging the Hooters pageant!!

We talked to the NASCAR star days before this weekend's 22nd Annual Hooters International Pageant in Charlotte, NC -- featuring 80 of the hottest Hooters girls from around the world -- which Elliott is judging.

So, how does meticulously grading dozens of hot chicks compare to driving a race car at ridiculously high speeds? 

"I feel like it has to top it, for sure. The challenge of judging that many beautiful ladies is pretty difficult."

FYI -- Chase isn't the only athlete getting in on the fun. UFC star Ovince Saint Preux (who we also talked to), NFL player Mario Addison and NASCAR driver Ryan Blaney are also judging.

While you wait for this year's contest ... enjoy some photos from last year's pageant.

NASCAR's Martin Truex Jr. Trump's White House Was Awesome ... I'd Never Boycott!

5/22/2018 6:27 AM PDT
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NASCAR champ Martin Truex Jr. says his White House visit Monday to meet President Trump was "amazing" ... calling it a huge honor he would NEVER consider passing up. 

It's a MUCH different opinion than some NBA and NFL players -- but Truex tells TMZ Sports he considers NASCAR to be "very patriotic" and he's proud to be an American. 

Truex was invited to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. after winning the 2017 Cup Series title -- and on his way out, he RAVED about the experience. 

"Oh my God, it was amazing. The president was an unbelievable host. He showed us everything that he didn't have to show, so it was really cool."

We mentioned the controversy with other athletes boycotting Trump's White House -- and Truex said the thought of turning down Trump never crossed his mind. 

"I mean, I think it's a huge honor. Huge honor for me and my team and for them to invite us was amazing, so I would never pass it up."

During Truex's visit, Trump once again brought up the anthem protests, saying "One thing I know about NASCAR and I will tell you, they do indeed stand for the playing of the national anthem."

Jared Leto Thumbs His Way to High Speed NASCAR Ride in Texas!!!

4/4/2018 3:53 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jared Leto's new album promotion got a serious fuel injection when he hooked up with NASCAR ... and Momma, he's going fast!!!

The Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman made a pit stop in Fort Worth, TX on Wednesday during his cross-country hitchhike to pump up the band's new album, "America." Jared bummed a ride with NASCAR Xfinity Series star Tyler Reddick to Texas Motor Speedway ... after the obligatory burnout, of course. 

Reddick's gonna be racing on this track for this weekend's O'Reilly Auto Parts 500, and he gave Jared a taste of the action at about 165 MPH -- aka 30 seconds to crap your pants!

Danica Patrick's 36th Birthday I Love Getting Older ... Just as Long as Aaron's There

3/26/2018 5:15 PM PDT

Danica Patrick might be hinting at some long-term relationship goals with her boyfriend, Aaron Rodgers, 'cause she apparently loves getting older ... with her man by her side.

Danica rang in her 36th birthday Sunday with the Packers QB front and center for a group photo. The party looked pretty fun -- it was unicorn-themed ... for the ladies, anyway.

The soon-to-be retired race car driver shared a few photos of the shindig from over the weekend, in which all of her girlfriends were wearing unicorn hats and were sipping what looked like champagne. The guys went hat-free, but were also all smiles in celebration.

She captioned her photos ... "I love getting older!!!!!!!!!!! Super grateful for all the love around me in my life! People, work, opportunities, dreams.....full heart space." She went on ... "Don't forget to dream big for the things you want in your life."

Sounds to us like Danica's pretty happy with Aaron, who she's been dating since at least December. And with a stud like that in her life, why wouldn't she be stoked to cross off another year? 

Congrats!

Caitlyn Jenner to Kurt Busch: I'll Show You Mine ... If You Show Me Yours!

3/13/2018 6:46 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

CARS! WE'RE TALKING ABOUT CARS!!!

... 'Cause Caitlyn Jenner and NASCAR stud Kurt Busch spent some time checking out each other's hot rides in front of Nobu in Malibu Monday night and we've got the video!!

Caitlyn arrived in her $176k tricked out purple Porsche 911 GT3 RS (NICE!) ... and Kurt showed up in his $500,000 Ford GT supercar (REALLY NICE!). 

Both Caitlyn and Kurt are car fanatics -- and were both impressed with each other's whips. 

We're told Jenner and Busch know each other through mutual friends and Kurt has invited Caitlyn to some of his events. 

The bigger question ... who would win in a race? 

Caitlyn's Porsche can go from 0 to 60 in 3.1 SECONDS!

Kurt's Ford GT? 2.9 SECONDS!!!!!!

Bottom line ... both of these cars will SMOKE whatever you drive. So, don't get any ideas! 

Jeff Gordon Not Coming Outta Retirement ... 'Cause I'm Not Retired!

3/7/2018 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Can't come out of retirement if you never officially retired, right? That's what NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon's telling TMZ Sports

Gordon hasn't competed in NASCAR since 2016 season -- but there have been rumors of a comeback ... so when we got him out at LAX we had to know if there was any truth to the chatter.

"Anything's possible," Gordon told us ... "I'm not retired. I'm just doing something different."

That "something different" includes running a racing team and broadcasting duties for FOX -- but Gordon definitely hasn't ruled out a return to the track. 

Come back, Jeff ... the Rainbow Warriors miss you.

Aaron Rodgers Races to Mexico w/ Danica ... Besame Mucho!

2/23/2018 8:32 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Things are heating up FAST for Aaron Rodgers and Danica Patrick -- the couple just shot down to Mexico for a romantic beach vacation ... just days after the Daytona 500. 

The two were spotted cozying up together at a fancy resort in a Mexican beach town -- cuddling, kissing ... you know, doing all the things couples do on beach vacations. 

Aaron and Danica have only been dating for about 2 months -- but things seem pretty serious. They've been spotted around Arizona together and he flew out to Florida this past weekend to watch Danica's final NASCAR race

Danica broke up with her previous boyfriend, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., back in December. She started dating Aaron almost immediately afterward, but says they've known each other since 2012. 

Aaron Rodgers to Danica Patrick Here's a Lucky Kiss For Your Last NASCAR Race

2/18/2018 2:31 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Danica Patrick went into her final NASCAR race ever with a good luck smooch from Aaron Rodgers ... and while the event might be her personal finale, this pic might be a debut.

TMZ Sports has obtained a photo of the new couple giving each other a kiss ahead of Danica's last NASCAR race of her career -- the 2018 Daytona 500. After this, she's retiring. 

Eyewitnesses tell us Aaron and Danica puckered up right after the National Anthem ended, before she got into her car at the starting line. 

As we reported ... Danica and Aaron went public with their relationship after we posted photos of them out to dinner with some friends in Arizona. They were also recently seen at their first coupley event a couple weeks ago in Cali. Now, this appears to be their first public kiss caught on camera.

Unfortunately, Danica suffered a crash during Stage 2 and couldn't complete the race. She might not have placed ... but we'd say she was already winning from the start.

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