One of the most promising up and coming drivers in all of the NASCAR, 19-year-old Tommy Barrett Junior was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol this past April.
A spokesperson for the arresting Police Department (Sgt. Alex Coriaty of the Willimantic Police Department) has already confirmed that the 19-year-old was in fact arrested for driving under the influence after he was noticed by a patrolman driving at a high rate of speed and failing to yield for a signal.
Though not the only NASCAR driver to ever be cited with driving under the influence (many of the sport’s most famous figures have had to deal with DUI issues the past throughout its history), he is the most recent – and certainly one of the youngest.
After all, at just 19 years of age, Tommy Barrett Junior wasn’t even of legal age to be drinking alcohol in the first place.
Though details surrounding this specific incident have yet to be made fully clear to the public (for obvious reasons and with the police department citing their policy of keeping this kind of information private and under wraps), anonymous sources have indicated that Tommy Barrett Junior has been as one operative with the investigation as possible. His representatives are working closely with the prosecutor and the district attorney to find ways to resolve this issue without a permanent blemish on this young man’s driving record.
A conviction for a DUI (especially as a minor) can potentially carry a significant and stiff penalty, according to El Cajon DUI Attorney Michael Rehm, including the forfeiture of his driver’s license for at least 12 months. While this penalty wouldn’t have any impact on him continuing his NASCAR career – stock car racers aren’t driving on the open road and do not require licenses to pilot their vehicles on a sanctioned race track – the 19-year-old would find it to be quite difficult to lead the kind of lifestyle he has been without one.
First exploding onto the local racing scene at just 15 years old (with his 14 career victories in just two seasons from 2010 to 2012 representing a meteoric start as a brand-new racer in stock car racing), he’s already had fantastic finishes on the NASCAR circuit – though he has yet to win.
Currently racing for the Our Motorsports team for Chris Our, he is considered to be one of the most impressive prospects in the racing community and a force to be reckoned with in the years to come.
Current NASCAR drivers like Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Junior, Jeff Gordon, and Jimmie Johnson have all already reached out independently to the young man to offer their support, mentorship, and assistance in any way possible, and the NASCAR community is really trying to close ranks around this young man to steer him in the right direction.
As already mentioned above, Tony Barrett Junior has already taken the necessary steps to get himself the help he needs, and is working closely with his representatives to find a satisfying conclusion to this event for all involved.