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His uncle, Jim France, has assumed the role of NASCAR's interim chairman.

A day after the shake-up, few seemed concerned about the direction of NASCAR with Brian France sidelined.

"I'm very confident the people that NASCAR has in the industry - I know all of them very, very well", he said. I know all of the executives really, really well. I know all of them very, very well.

Now the focus has shifted to Jim France, who has taken the reins of the sanctioning body, which is privately owned by the France family. This followed the stepping down of NASACAR CEO and Chairman Brian France after being arrested over the weekend.

"We've got to look to our sport's future, what we can change and what we can do next", said Kyle Busch. France has led NASCAR since 2003. NASCAR has gone through tough times in recent years and looked to be finally turning things around before France dented the brand's image. Kevin Harvick does not know Jim France very well but he knows that the new interim CEO is a former driver who has strong relationships with numerous NASCAR team owners. Although many of Brian France's initiatives were progressive and needed in some form, staunch fans have vehemently rejected his vision.

He's introduced a playoff system, overhauled the design of its cars and pushed for diversity within the circuit's predominantly white, male ranks. Waid also brought up something unheard of in NASCAR: someone not named France leading the way.

His lack of engagement created a logjam at the top of NASCAR. I'm confident in the leadership of NASCAR. Regardless of his role in NASCAR going forward, it's important that he's healthy and that he takes care of himself.

Watkins Glen victor Chase Elliott said on a teleconference Tuesday that he knows Jim France.

As for the off-track news that usurped his victory?

"It's unfortunate, obviously, and he's got some personal issues he's going to attend to", Hamlin said. "I like Brian OK and it's a rotten shame he did this, but people sometimes do things that they shouldn't do".

Smith was a longtime NASCAR adversary during Bill France Jr.'s 31-year reign as chairman.

The owner of Speedway Motorsports Inc. has called on all NASCAR stakeholders to rally around the series following the arrest of Chairman and CEO Brian France.

Then we learn that that former World Champion Niki Lauda was days away from death and had to have an emergency lung transplant, that Daniel Ricciardo is leaving Red Bull at the end of the season to join Renault while Fernando Alonso may just possibly go to Indycar next season to chase his dream of the Triple Crown. "That being said, it's a great sport and we go forward and we all should be very protective of it and be willing to lend a helping hand".

Brian France has retreated from the spotlight the last two years as NASCAR has struggled with attendance and television rankings.

"They were catching a lot of heat by not doing something", Smith said.

Felix Sabates has had at least partial ownership of a top-level NASCAR team since 1989.

"We need to find it in our hearts to forgive Brian for his mistakes", Sabates said. He knows the ins and outs of what's going on to this very minute in this sport, has been around this sport a long time, and that's what you need, that racing perspective of just making sure we stick with the roots of what made NASCAR racing what it is. There is a side of Brian most people don't see. "He is a very simple person".

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