Former Nascar driver Tyler Walker, who was suspended in 2007 for violating Nascar’s substance abuse policy, was arrested Wednesday after a high speed chase with police across three states. He was caught speeding in Nevada and he and his passenger, Raelie McDonald, were chased into Arizona and Utah, where police deployed spike strips to stop his car. He took off on foot and was apprehended by police, who discovered methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and alcohol in his vehicle, a BMW 750 Li.
Tyler and his passenger were found to be under the influence and are facing drug related charges with Tyler also facing a charge of evading law enforcement and they could be facing charges in all three states. Tyler’s bail was set to $18,000 and he was booked into the Purgatory Correctional Facility.
Walker WAS a rising star at one time, currently racing sprint cars, he was suspended while a Nascar Truck series driver and he had raced in the Nationwide series, 19 Nationwide races and 9 in the truck series. Walker was also in the news last year after an altercation at a sprint race; video is below and is definitely not safe for work or young ears.
Nascar has purchased the Association for Stock Car Racing, CASCAR, and is relaunching it next year as the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.
The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series involves a multiyear sponsorship from Canadian Tire and will kick off in May 2007. The 10- to 12-race schedule will run from May to October.
The series will use drivers and teams from the former CASCAR Series. NASCAR said the official schedule, points fund and tracks would be announced at a later date.
Tony Novotny founded the CASCAR Series, the first major stock car sanctioning body in Canada, in 1981. He has run the organization with his wife, Linda, for 25 years.
Nascar has lots of fans in Canada, in fact the article says almost six million fans, which means 1 in every 4 Canadians is a Nascar fan. so this makes perfect sense, plus, they are planning on a Busch series race in Canada next year and I can see lots of opportunities for crossover with the truck series, Busch and even Nextel. Hey, those outside the top 43 gotta drive somewhere.