NASCAR Driver Tommy Barrett Junior Arrested for Driving Under the Influence

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.

The History of NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Racing (NASCAR) was formed in February of 1948 and has grown to be one of the most popular sports in America and has grown into an industry that has made billions of dollars. William France, Sr. was the head honcho behind NASCAR. France ran his own auto repair shop and was a mechanic there. He lived in Washington, D.C. but decided to move to Daytona Beach, FL sometime in the 1930s where there were a large number of people who loved racing which he also had a passion for.

After he moved to Daytona Beach, France decided to get involved in car racing as well as promoting. He soon witnessed how dishonest promoters could be when it came to events and the prize money that was involved and decided enough was enough. He felt there was a dire need for someone who could govern, promote, and sanction the spectator sport of racing. This was where NASCAR was formed and France took his idea and ran with it.

NASCAR had its first race in June of 1949 in Charlotte, North Carolina. More than 13,000 racing fans showed up to witness a racer by the name of Glenn Dunnaway win the 200 lap race but was later disqualified. The NASCAR drivers drove cars such Oldsmobiles, Cadillacs, Buicks, and various other street cars. There was very little customization on these vehicles which is quite different than how NASCAR vehicles are today.


An official NASCAR racetrack was constructed in South Carolina and had a successful opening. The Daytona International Speedway soon followed in 1959 where Lee Petty was the first winner. Richard Petty who is Lee Petty’s son started racing in 1958 and became one of the most popular racers in NASCAR history before he retired in 1992. He won the Daytona 500 a number of times and is still a household name when it comes to NASCAR enthusiasts.

It wasn’t until 1979 that the first NASCAR race was broadcasted on television. This created quite a buzz as well as popularity due to a fight between Bobby and Donnie Allison as well as Cale Yarborough. People started to talk and felt entertained and we left wanting more. This was just the beginning for NASCAR and its fans.

William France Jr took over the company in 1972. He was the president of NASCAR until he passed away in 2007. He was extremely instrumental when it comes to the transformation of NASCAR from being just a regional sport to being a sport that is widely popular all over the country. There are well over 1,200 race in over 100 tracks across the entire United States.


I am sure Mr. France had no idea what he was getting himself into when he decided to build the NASCAR Empire. There are millions of NASCAR fans all over the country who travel miles and miles to come see their favorite racers perform. It is the most popular spectator sports in the entire U.S.