BRIAN FRANCE CLAIMS FLORIDA RESIDENCE

Our long, national nightmare continues. Re: Jeremy Mayfield case. Scene Daily reports that NASCAR chairman Brian France has submitted documents to U.S. District Court that his lawyers say will prove that France's primary residence is in the state of Florida. Earlier this year in North Carolina state court, in another case (how many cases does he have going?), France claimed he was both a resident of Florida and North Carolina. That case involved former in-laws living in a house France owned in N ...

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TOP STORY NO. 14: DOUBLE-FILE RESTARTS

Every time I have an excuse to include a scene from “Swingers,” I try and do it. My editor usually removes these clips. But when you talk about doubling down and have an excuse to see Vince Vaughn when he weighed 37 pounds, we’re all big winners.  Oh yeah, I forgot to mention double-file restarts, which got me thinking about doubling down, which you should always do on 11. WHAT HAPPENED?Back in June, NASCAR implemented double-file restarts for cars on the lead lap. ...

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NASCAR SEEKS TO DENY MAYFIELD’S LAWYERS INFO FROM FRANCE’S EX-WIFE

Jeremy Mayfield's lawyers are trying to collect information from a lawsuit Brian France filed against his ex-wife Megan in 2008. And in what is mostly likely not a coincidence, they have chosen Dec. 4 - the day of the Sprint Cup banquet - to depose France's ex-wife. The Frances were divorced in April 2008. Brian France sued his ex-wife in North Carolina Superior Court in September 2008. NASCAR has asked a federal court to block Mayfield's request for the information and is asking the court to mo ...

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FOR SALE: ONE RUINED CAREER

CATAWBA, N.C. _ As NASCAR wraps up its 2009 season in sunny Homestead, Fla., over 800 miles to the north former Sprint Cup driver Jeremy Mayfield held an auction to sell off his personal property and real estate. Nearly 3,000 people showed up on a sunny, fall day to bid on items that ranged from vintage cars to heavy equipment to a 13,000 square-foot home.Mayfield was suspended in May after NASCAR announced the independent owner/driver had failed a drug test. Involved in numerous lawsuits with N ...

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CHARLOTTE OBSERVER SAYS FRANCE SHOULD NOT GET SPECIAL TREATMENT IN FAMILY COURT

An editorial in today's Charlotte Observer calls for a district court to stop giving NASCAR chairman Brian France special treatment in a contract dispute with his ex-wife Megan. The Observer says, "The question is whether the rich and famous should be given special treatment by the courts that is out of reach for regular folks." You see, when regular folks ask a judge to seal all of the documents in a routine trial, the judge usually gives them this face. Per the Observer:The N.C. C ...

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LAWYERS FOR OBSERVER AND WCNC CALL FOR OPENNESS IN SECRETIVE FRANCE CASE

Local news organizations are starting to pay attention to Brian France's super-secret lawsuit with his ex-wife Megan. That's one of the drawbacks of super-secret lawsuits. Reporters who believe in the quaint notion of open government tend to pay attention to them. According to legal experts, France's civil complaint against his ex-wife Megan has received extraordinary treatment from the court. Attorneys for the Charlotte Observer and WCNC have joined lawyers for France's ex-wife Megan in calling ...

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BRIAN FRANCE’S SECRET LEGAL TROUBLES

The Charlotte Observer reports that NASCAR chairman Brian France is fighting a doozy of a lawsuit involving his ex-wife, and his lawyers are going to "extraordinary" lengths to keep the case from the public. The Observer reports, "It's unclear exactly what the dispute involves, but the matter is being heard in family court and apparently involves domestic issues." France filed a civil complaint in North Carolina against his ex-wife, Megan. I would tell you what it entails, bu ...

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DUSTIN LONG INTERVIEWS BRIAN FRANCE

Virginian-Pilot reporter Dustin Long scored a one-on-one interview with NASCAR chairman Brian France on Sunday before the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Long asked France about television coverage, the car and the Chase. Long recently caused a little trouble with his Frankly Speaking series in which he asked Larry McReynolds, Jimmy Spencer and Kyle Petty to let loose on what's wrong with the sport. Among the highlights of the France interview: France said TV broadcasters should shut the ...

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NASCAR GIVES CREDIBILITY TO THOSE WHO CLAIM IT IS NOT A REAL SPORT

Sunday’s AMP Energy 500 at Talladega raised several serious issues about a sport in transition, a transition that is upsetting many drivers, teams and fans. NASCAR IS DEVOID OF LEADERSHIPNASCAR claims to be one of the major sports in America. What sport changes its rules hours before an event? Could you imagine Roger Goodell walking into the Pittsburgh Steelers’ locker room three hours before a divisional playoff game and letting them know they only need one foot in bounds for a c ...

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UPDATED: Brian France Feels Your Pain … A Little Bit

UPDATE: Though I still think purchasing a luxury apartment for a cool $10 million sends a poor message, credit due to Brian France for flying commercial to races in California and Vegas earlier this year. Consider me modestly chastened.According to the April issue of NASCAR Illustrated, Brian France recently paid $10.6 million for an apartment in New York City. Let them eat cake, indeed!Look, France is a grown man, albeit one obviously in possession of too much disposable income ...

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