After last week's race at Memphis Motorsports Park, Aaron Fike was eighth in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series' points standings, and was the runaway favorite to become the 2007 Rookie of the Year. But late last Saturday night, Fike and his fiancee, Cassandra Davidson were both arrested on alleged drug charges.
The arrests were made in the parking lot of Kings Island amusement park in Cincinnati, Ohio after police officers noticed "suspicious activity" in the couple's SUV. Fike and Davidson were booked on charges for possession of heroin, a felony and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. They were held without bond at Warren County Jail in Lebanon, Ohio. Fike was arraigned on Tuesday morning. He was released after he plead not guilty to the misdemeanor charge and agreed to begin rehab.
NASCAR holds a very strict policy when it comes to drugs. If a driver fails a drug test, refuses a drug test or as is the case with Fike, thought to be using, that driver is suspended indefinitely and pulled from the track. NASCAR will then offer a treatment plan. If the program is completed, that driver will be considered for reinstatement.
Fike is the second NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver to be suspended this season. Tyler Walker was suspended last month for violating NASCAR's drug policy. According to NASCAR managing director of corporate communications Ramsey Poston, Walker never made a request to be reinstated.
In light of the incident, Red Horse Racing has announced that David Green will replace Fike in the number 1 entry this week at Kentucky.